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 Junior 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 skill while preparing them for enrollment in
the Professional Officer Course.
Four Year Program: 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 pass/no credit
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 pass/no credit
LLab. AFROTC uniforms and textbooks are issued by the unit.
Two Year Program: 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 requirements.
A student enrolling in AFROTC must:
1. Be a full-time student (12 semester hours or more; 9 hours for postgraduate
2. Be a United States citizen
3. Be in good physical condition/health
4. Have good moral character
5. Be no older than 29 years old (up to 34 years old with waivers) upon commissioning
Scholarships. 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 details.
High School students may apply for a 4-year scholarship no later than Dec. 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 opportunity.
Those students who are offered an AFROTC scholarship with an SAT of 1100 or
ACT of 24, and who attend TCU, may be offered a TCU Room and Board subsidy.
Three-year scholarship winners with the above scores could possibly receive
an additional semester of tuition paid if attending TCU.
Program Benefits. 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 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.
Receiving Commission. 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.
Additional Information. 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
The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go
to Class Search on the Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught
Courses of Instruction
Foundation of the United States Air Force (AEST 10211 in the fall and 10221
in the spring): AS100 is a survey course designed to introduce students
to the U.S. Air Force and Air Force ROTC. Featured topics include: mission and
organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs
and courtesies, Air Force officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication
skills. Leadership Laboratory (AEST 10001) complements this course by providing
cadets with followership experiences.
The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power (AEST 20211 in the fall and 20221
in the spring): AS200 is a survey course designed to examine general aspects
of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective,
the course covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the
space-age global positioning systems of the Persian Gulf War. Historical examples
are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies),
and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's
USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental
truths associated with war in the third dimension: e.g. Principles of War and
Tenets of Air and Space Power. As a whole, this course provides the student
with a knowledge level understanding for the general element and employment
of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective.
In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air
Force Core Values with the use of operational examples and historical Air Force
leaders and will continue to develop their communication skills. In addition,
Leadership Laboratory (AEST 10001) is mandatory for Air Force ROTC cadets (not
special students), and it complements this course by providing cadets with followership
Leadership Studies (AEST 30113 in the fall and 30123 in the spring):
AS300 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge,
Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication
skills required for an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine
Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and
exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory
Leadership Laboratory (AEST 10001) complements this course by providing advanced
leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity
to apply leadership and management principles of this course.
National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty (AEST 40113 in the
fall and 40123 in the spring): AS 400 examines the national security process,
regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special
topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military
justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and
current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued
emphasis is given to refining communication skills. An additional Leadership
Laboratory (AEST 10001) complements this course by providing advanced leadership
experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management
principles of this course.
10001 Leadership Laboratory (LLab) (Every semester): The AS100 and AS200
LLabs include a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies,
and military commands. The LLab also includes studying the environment of an
Air Force officer and learning about areas of opportunity available to commissioned
officers. The AS300 and AS400 LLabs consist of activities classified as leadership
and management experiences. They involve the planning and controlling of military
activities of the cadet corps; and the preparation and presentation of briefings
and other oral and written communications. LLabs also include interviews, guidance,
and information that will increase the understanding, motivation, and performance
of other cadets.