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Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
Dallas Baptist University offers Air Force ROTC through a cross-enrollment agreement with Texas Christian University. What this means is that you register for Air Force 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 Texas Christian University or in accordance with your schedule.
The U.S. Air
Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) provides students at Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Arlington,
Texas Wesleyan University, Dallas Baptist University, Weatherford College, and Tarrant County College the professional education
and leadership training necessary as prospective Air Force officers.
Enrollment in the freshman and sophomore years of AFROTC does not obligate non-scholarship students for military service. Continuing AFROTC into the last two years, however, is competitive and leads to an officer commission in the U.S. Air Force with a military service obligation.
No degree is offered in Aerospace Studies. Aerospace Studies courses are taken concurrently
with other degree programs. Up to 24 semester credit hours may be earned in Aerospace
Studies over the four-year period. Many of the classes may
be used to meet elective requirements; students should consult with their academic adviser. Students who enroll in Aerospace Studies classes must attend both classroom and Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) classes, which are all physically located on the TCU campus. The classroom coursework gives students knowledge in various Air Force topics, while the LLAB classes give students hands-on experience in leadership and organizational skills, as well as physical training.
Aerospace Studies Program Requirements
AFROTC is designed as a 4-year program, but it can be completed in as little as three years in some cases. For the first two years, cadets take a 1-credit hour academic class and a 1-credit hour LLAB each semester. The LLAB is Pass/Fail. The first two years collectively are referred to as the General Military Course (GMC). In special cases, cadets who only have three years of college left for their degree can "double-up" classes in the GMC, thus completing the first two years of coursework in one year and effectively shortening AFROTC into a 3-year program. Ideally, AFROTC is completed as a 4-year program, but combining the first two years of the program can work well for some qualified students wanting to join AFROTC in their sophomore year.
Upon successful completion of the GMC, competitively selected cadets attend a 4-week Field Training (paid for by the USAF) over the summer before their junior year, and then enter the final two years of AFROTC, referred to as the Professional Officer Course (POC). Each semester in the POC, students take a 3-credit hour academic class and the 1-credit hour LLAB.
Upon successful completion of GMC, competitively selected cadets attend a 4-week Field Training (paid for by the USAF) over the summer before their junior year, and then enter the final two years of AFROTC, referred to as the Professional Officer Course (POC). Each semester in the POC, students take a 3-credit hour academic class and the 1-credit hour LLAB.
AFROTC uniforms and textbooks are issued by the unit for all AFROTC cadets.
More detailed information about the Air Force ROTC Program is available through the Department of Aerospace Studies. Contact 817-257-7461 or visit www.afrotc.tcu.edu with questions. The department is located in Suite 247 of the Rickel Academic Wing.
Aerospace Studies General Qualifications
A student enrolling in AFROTC as a cadet must:
- Be a full-time student (12 semester hours
- Be a U.S. citizen (legal residents pursuing U.S. citizenship may join AFROTC as "applicants" in first 2 years)
- Be in good physical condition/health
- Have excellent moral character
- Be no older than 34 years old upon graduation/commissioning.
AFROTC Program Benefits
As Air Force ROTC cadets, students are entitled to select benefits. Social and co-curricular activities, together with leadership and academic training, are all part of Air Force ROTC. Contracted cadets (juniors, seniors, and scholarship cadets) receive a nontaxable subsistence allowance each month during the school year and military ID cards. Honor Guard and Arnold Air Society are a few of the professional, social outlets for the cadets. Summer opportunities for cadets can include visits to military installations, free-fall parachuting training, combat survival training, flight nurse shadowing and duty as Cadet Training Assistants at Field Training, among other opportunities as funding is available.
Air Force ROTC offers scholarships varying in length and amount, depending on academic major and applicant qualifications. All AFROTC scholarships pay a stipend for textbooks and fees, plus a monthly, nontaxable stipend during the school year. AFROTC scholarships target academic majors related to the needs of the U.S. Air Force. Scholarship applicants are selected using the whole-person concept, which includes objective factors (i.e., GPA, standardized test scores (SAT/ACT), physical fitness test scores, etc.) and subjective factors (i.e., personal evaluations). Students who are enrolled in Air Force ROTC generally improve their scholarship selection opportunity.
High school students may apply during the beginning of their senior year for an AFROTC scholarship. High school students who are offered a 3-year or 4-year AFROTC scholarship and attend TCU may also receive a TCU room and board grant. Additionally, high school students who receive a 3-year scholarship may also receive an additional semester of paid tuition if attending TCU.
Because the scholarship program varies year to year according to budgets and the needs of the Air Force, interested applicants should contact the Department of Aerospace Studies at 817-257-7461 or www.afrotc.com for current scholarship information.
Upon successful completion of the AFROTC program
and baccalaureate (or graduate degree), a cadet is commissioned
a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. When approved (on a case-by-case basis), active military service can be delayed to continue 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 in Office 247 of the Rickel Academic Wing in the TCU Recreation Center on the Texas Christian University campus. The telephone number is (817) 257-7461 or call 1-800-TCU-FROG and ask for Air Force ROTC. The website is www.afrotc.tcu.edu.
Military Science (Army ROTC):
Dallas Baptist University offers ARMY ROTC through a cross-enrollment agreement with the University of Texas at Arlington. 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 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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