Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Programs
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Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
The United States Air
Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) provides women
and men at Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University,
Dallas Baptist University, University of Texas at Arlington,
Weatherford College, and Tarrant County College the education
and training necessary to develop the management and leadership
skills vital to professional Air Force officers.
Enrollment in the General Military Course
(first two years) is voluntary for eligible students and does
not obligate non-scholarship students for further military
service. The Professional Officer Course (last two years)
is also voluntary, but competitive. Because the POC leads
to a commission in the United States Air Force, those selected
to continue training may incur military obligation.
Aerospace studies courses are taken concurrently
with other degree programs. No degree is offered in aerospace
studies, but up to 24 semester hours may be earned in aerospace
studies over the four-year period. Some of the classes may
be used to meet major elective requirements. See your academic
advisor for confirmation. Students who enroll in aerospace
studies classes must attend both classroom and leadership
laboratory classes at Texas Christian University, 2800 W.
Lowden St., Fort Worth, Texas. The laboratory classes give
students first-hand experience in leadership and organizational
skills while preparing them for enrollment in the Professional
This program enables students to take advantage of four years
of aerospace studies courses. Each semester, for the first
two years, cadets take a one-credit-hour academic class and
a one-credit-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB). The first
two years collectively are referred to as the General Military
Course (GMC). Upon successful completion of the GMC and an
ensuing four-week Air Force paid field training course, qualified
and selected students may elect to enroll in the final two
years referred to as the Professional Officer Course (POC).
Each semester in the POC, students will take a three-credit-hour
academic class and a one-credit-hour LLAB. AFROTC uniforms
and textbooks are issued by the unit.
This program is commonly known as the Professional Officer
Course (POC) and enables eligible graduate and undergraduate
students to obtain a commission in the United States Air Force.
Formal selection for entering the POC requires completion
of a summer field training course.
Students electing this option must apply to
the Professor of Aerospace Studies early in their sophomore
year or before entering a graduate degree program, pass the
Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, and pass a physical examination
prior to attending the five-week field training course. Two-year
students enrolled in the POC receive similar benefits and
advantages to those enrolled in the four-year program, including
the opportunity to apply for various Air Force ROTC college
scholarships. Students selected for the POC receive a monthly
subsistence allowance. In addition, POC students are automatically
awarded an incentive scholarship provided they meet all incentive
A student enrolling in AFROTC must:
- Be a full-time student (12 semester hours
or more; 9 hours for postgraduate students)
- Be a United States citizen
- Be in good physical condition/health
- Have good moral character
- Be no older than 29 years old (up to 34
years old with waivers) upon commissioning.
Air Force ROTC offers 4-, 3-, 2-, and 1-year
(in some situations) scholarships. Most scholarships pay for
tuition, textbooks, and fees plus a monthly, nontaxable stipend
during the school year. Scholarships are offered in various
majors. In addition to meeting the general qualifications
mentioned above, scholarship applicants must be at least 17
years of age when the scholarship is activated and must be
under 27 years of age as of June 30 of their commissioning
year. Individuals with previous military experience may obtain
a year extension of the maximum age restriction for up to
3 years of prior service. Requirements for each scholarship
category may vary; therefore, applicants should contact the
Department of Aerospace Studies at (817) 257-7461 for specific
High school students may apply for a 4-year
scholarship no later than December 1 of their high school
senior year. Scholarship applications for college students
are made through the Aerospace Studies Department in the spring
semester. Scholarship applicants are selected using the whole
person concept, which includes objective factors (i.e. grade
point average and physical fitness test) and subjective factors
(i.e. personal evaluations). Students who are enrolled in
Air Force ROTC generally improve their scholarship selection
As Air Force ROTC cadets, students are entitled
to selective benefits. Social and co-curricular activities,
together with leadership and academic training, are all part
of Air Force ROTC. Students receive a nontaxable subsistence
allowance each month during the school year if they are in
the Professional Officer Course or are an AFROTC scholarship
recipient. The detachment sponsors a Civil Air Patrol where
cadets can obtain front-seat and back-seat flying time in
a Cessna aircraft for a small fee. Drill team, honor guard,
Arnold Air Honor Society, Silver Wings Service Organization,
and Officer Christian Fellowship are just a few social outlets
for the cadets. Summer opportunities for cadets can include
a paid visit to a military installation for 5 days, Freefall
Parachuting and Soaring at the United States Air Force Academy,
Combat Survival Training, Flight Nurse shadowing, and cadet
training assistant duty at field training.
Upon successful completion of the AFROTC program
and baccalaureate or graduate degree, a student will be commissioned
a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force. Newly commissioned
officers can normally expect to be called into active service
within 30 days from the date of their commissioning. In certain
instances, active service can be delayed by students continuing
in post-baccalaureate degree programs.
More detailed information about the Air Force
ROTC program is available through the Department of Aerospace
Studies. The department is located at 2800 W. Lowden Street
on the Texas Christian University campus. The telephone number
is (817) 257-7461 or call 1-800-TCU-FROG and ask for Air Force
Aerospace Studies Faculty Chair
Lieutenant Colonel Walker
Adjunct Assistant Professors
Folmar, Robinson, Hamblin
Military Science (Army ROTC):
Dallas Baptist University offers ARMY ROTC through a cross-enrollment agreement with the University of Texas at Arlington. What this means is that you register for Army ROTC just like you do for the rest of your classes at DBU, you pay your tuition at DBU, and your DBU transcript will show those classes, but you will attend classes at the University of Texas at Arlington or in accordance with your schedule.
The University of Texas at Arlington is the host campus for the Maverick Battalion ROTC Program. The ROTC Offices are located in College Hall. The Enrollment Officer is located in Room 109 and the main Department Offices are in the basement down the stairs or elevator.
ROTC cadets spend their time like typical college students. Freshmen and Sophomores have a fifty minute class one day a week. Juniors and Seniors go to class twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday for eighty minutes. All cadets participate in the three hour lab on Thursday.
Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, you will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Officer in the Army or a team of co-workers and subordinates in your chosen career.
The Corps of Cadets of The University of Texas at Arlington is a vital link in the preservation of the freedoms this country enjoys. The proud legacy of the Maverick Battalion has been enriched by each generation that has served in time of peace to safeguard our security and in time of war to secure victory. The tradition of the UTA Army ROTC Cadets is to live up to the magnificent example set by their former comrades-in-arms, in not only the military field, but also government and corporate. Graduates from Army ROTC earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.
In ROTC, your academic placement is consistent with the year of graduation of your bachelor's degree. This allows for the best alignment with your peers, advanced summer camp, and leadership positions.
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