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Aerospace Studies

AEROSPACE STUDIES (Air Force ROTC)
Lt Col Jay C. Sorensen — Chair and Professor of Aerospace Studies

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) combines college study with military leadership, discipline, and training to produce officers and leaders for the United States Air Force. Upon graduation with at least a bachelor’s degree, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the active duty Air Force. A commission is an appointment to a military officer by the President of the United States.

Curriculum
AFROTC is normally a four-year program divided into two portions, the General Military Course (GMC) for freshmen and sophomores, and the Professional Officer Course (POC) for juniors and seniors. All students also complete Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) each semester. Based on the needs of the Air Force, students are sometimes allowed to enroll as late as the fall of their junior year.

GMC
The GMC involves a one credit hour course and a two-hour Leadership Laboratory each semester. The freshman curriculum introduces the Air Force mission and organization, covers the basics of military customs and courtesies, military correspondence styles, and drill and ceremonies. The sophomore curriculum focuses on the history of air power, starting with the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, and traces the evolution of aircraft and Air Force missions throughout WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and recent operations around the world such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Field Training
After successful completion of the GMC, students are normally scheduled to attend Field Training during the summer between the sophomore and junior year. Field Training is an intense, four-week, hands-on leadership challenge. Cadets will be evaluated on their mastery of military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and on their leadership ability. Cadets are exposed to a variety of challenges to force them to work as a team, learn to critically evaluate situations, and perform under stress. While no cadet will tell you it is fun, Field Training is often a life-changing experience that builds self-confidence and fine-tunes leadership skills.

POC
After successfully completing Field Training, cadets are sworn in to the POC and are enlisted in the inactive reserves while they complete their final two years of college. The junior curriculum focuses on an in-depth study of leadership and management concepts. The senior curriculum continues to emphasize leadership, but introduces national security concepts and issues, cultural awareness, military law, the law of armed conflict, and preparation for entrance into the active duty Air Force. POC cadets are placed in leadership positions and are charged with running the cadet wing that is modeled after the organizational structure of the active duty Air Force.

Leadership Laboratory (LLAB)
LLAB is a hands-on leadership training program. The POC plan and execute 13 labs in which the GMC are instructed in skills they will need to successfully complete Field Training and for a thriving military career. POC members are responsible for planning and executing LLAB, as well as other extracurricular activities like formal dinners and awards ceremonies. Cadets are challenged in the classroom, and their jobs in the cadet wing require them to put the theories into practice.

Scholarships
Merit-based tuition scholarships are available to AFROTC cadets; they vary from $3,000 to full tuition. Below is a list of current scholarships.
•   TYPE I — Full tuition and fees scholarship
•   TYPE II — $18,000 towards tuition and fees
•   TYPE III — $9,000 towards tuition and fees
•   TYPE VI — $3,000 towards tuition and fees
•   TYPE VIII — A competitive-based academic upgrade of a TYPE II, pays up to 80% of tuition
Other Benefits — All scholarships include the following:
•   Free room and board (Clarkson incentive)
•   Monthly Stipend during the academic year — FR = $300, SOPH = $350, JUN = $450, SEN = $500
•   $450 per semester for books

 For more details, contact the Aerospace Studies Department at 315-268-7989.

 Aerospace Studies Curriculum*
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs. Course Title Cr. Hrs.
AS101 The Air Force Today
1
AS102 The Air Force Today II
1
AS103 Leadership Laboratory
0
AS104 Leadership Laboratory
0
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs. Course Title Cr. Hrs.
AS201 Evolution of Air Power I
1
AS202 Evolution of Air Power II
1
AS203  Leadership Laboratory
0
AS204  Leadership Laboratory
0
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs. Course Title Cr. Hrs.
AS301 Air Force Leadership
AS302 Air Force Leadership
  & Management I
3
  & Management II
3
AS303  Leadership Laboratory
0
AS304 Leadership Laboratory
0
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs. Course Title Cr. Hrs.
AS401 National Security Forces
AS402 National Security Forces
  in Contemporary
  in Contemporary
  American Society I
3
  American Society II
3
AS403  Leadership Laboratory
0
AS404 Leadership Laboratory
0


* Course may be applicable as free electives in some majors where noted. Consult individual departments for details.