Frequently Asked Questions
Although enrolling is as simple as signing up for Aerospace Studies class through normal registration, we highly recommend you speak with one of our staff members. We can answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction. For more information about AFROTC at Clarkson, please click the Contact Link and talk to the Unit Admissions Officer. You're always welcome to stop by our offices. The detachment is located first floor Price Hall, Clarkson University.
The first two years of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, you are considered part of the General Military Course. As a GMC, your obligations consist of one hour of classroom work (Aerospace Studies courses) and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. Upon completion of General Military Course requirements, cadets who wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, must do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course selection system. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade-point average, unit commander evaluation, and aptitude test scores to determine a student's officer potential. After selection, students must successfully complete a four-week summer Field Training Unit at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer Course.
Cadets enrolled in the POC attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly two-hour leadership laboratory. POC classes are small. Emphasis is on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include leadership and management, communication skills, and national defense policy. In the Professional Officer Course, cadets apply what they have learned in the General Military Course and at the Field Training Units. Using your developing leadership skills, you now conduct the leadership laboratories teaching the new GMC and manage the detachments cadet corps. Each detachment has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group, and wing.
Air Force seeks to engage students who excel both academically and militarily. Students in most degree programs (undergraduate as well as graduate) enjoy funding opportunities, which range from $3,000 to $15,000 per year. See the Scholarship Website or talk with the Units Admissions Officer for more information.
Also, once a cadet earns entrance into the Professional Officer Corp, they are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles them to a monthly nontaxable stipend during the academic year:
- $250 (AS 100 / freshmen)
- $300 (AS 200 / sophomores)
- $350 (AS 300 / juniors)
- $400 (AS 400 / seniors)
The Air Force ROTC sometimes offers one and two year programs that allow direct entry into the Professional Officer Course. One and two year applicants must successfully complete a Field Training Unit, and applicants are not committed to the Air Force until they return to school in the fall and make a decision to enroll in Air Force ROTC. Please contact the Unit Admissions Officer for up to date information regarding any one or two year offerings.
All programs lead to a commission as a Second Lieutenant and guaranteed job in the United States Air Force upon successful completion of Air Force ROTC requirements.
There are several Air Force ROTC programs that provide cadets with specialized off-campus learning experiences.
Field Training: Field Training is, in most cases, a cadet's first exposure to a working Air Force environment. The program is designed to develop military leadership and discipline, and to provide Air Force officer orientation and motivation. At the same time, the Air Force evaluates each cadet's potential as an officer. Field training includes aircraft and aircrew orientation, Air Force professional development orientation, marksmanship training, junior officer training, physical fitness, and survival training.
Professional Development Training: Designed to provide cadets with specialized and individual professional development by acquainting them with the life, duties and responsibilities of Air Force professionals. Limited opportunities are also available in parachuting, glider and survival training courses.
Base Visits: Base visits give cadets a firsthand look at operational Air Force bases. Each group of cadets is accompanied by an Air Force ROTC instructor who adds personal knowledge of the Air Force mission to the cadets' base-visit experience.
Extracurricular Activities: Air Force ROTC cadets participate in a variety of extracurricular activities like drill team, color guard, Arnold Air Society and Civil Air Patrol orientation flights. Many students enrolled in Air Force ROTC also participate in unit-sponsored intramural sports and social functions.
Please visit www.afrotc.com/faq/ for answers to some of the most common questions regarding your decision to join the ROTC program.
If you are unable to find the answer to your questions above, or at the AFROTC site, please contact the detachment's Admissions Officer.