A Leadership Elective for Any Degree

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AFROTC curriculum is the principal instrument by which cadets are educated, motivated and trained for Air Force commissioned service. The material and training objectives for students enrolled in AFROTC are the same across the country, regardless of school or location.

Students add AFROTC classes just as they would physics, accounting or literature courses to their course schedule. AFROTC is essentially a leadership elective that complements their major and gives them a built-in advantage of being part of a team in which personal accountability, discipline, teamwork and a commitment to excellence are emphasized.   

AFROTC is structured and designed as a 4-year leadership program. There is some flexibility to fulfill requirements on a compressed schedule if you have some military experience and/or join up to a year after starting college. A staff member can explain your options once you confirm the month and year you expect to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.  

AFROTC-Specific Scholarships

AFROTC offers a wide variety of scholarship for college and college-bound students and awards scholarships in all approved bachelor's and graduate degree programs.

For the latest and most accurate information, please go to the AFROTC website Scholarship Page.

High school students can apply for the High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) before Dec. 1 of their senior year.   

If you have specific scholarship questions, call us at 315-268-7989.

Time Commitment

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The freshman and sophomore years of instruction are known as the General Military Course (GMC).  GMC cadets have a 1-credit academic course, a 2-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB), and weekly physical fitness sessions added to their schedule. The time commitment is about 5 hours per week.  

The junior and senior years of instruction are known as the Professional Officer Course (POC). POC cadets have greater supervisory, leadership and project management responsibilities during their last 2 years of college, and they spend more time in the classroom and preparing for LLAB. Each semester they have a 3-credit hour academic course, a 1-hour LLAB prep, a 2-hour LLAB and weekly fitness training. The time required is 7 hours per week.  

To progress from the GMC to POC level, cadets must have strong performance records and compete for the chance to attend field training.  

Why Choose Detachment 536

We know there is a lot to consider! Good news if you are leaning toward school in the North Country…

AFROTC Detachment 536 supports leadership-minded students attending any of four Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley.

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Detachment 536 is nestled in the heart of the St. Lawrence Valley. Our campuses are surrounded by rolling hills, scenic waterways, friendly locals and countless natural attractions. Fun adventures are a short drive away. With a current passport, you can reach Ottawa or Montreal, Canada, in less than 2 hours. Outdoor enthusiasts love the North Country for its amazing recreational opportunities. And, there is no shortage of museums, history, arts, culture, music, sports and entertainment.

AFROTC scholarship winners that choose to attend Clarkson University, the host school for Detachment 536, will have their room and board covered for the duration of their scholarship. University leadership feels strongly about rewarding our highest performing student leaders…a terrific value and benefit for joining our program.

The Air Force team at Detachment 536 is standing by to answer your questions and facilitate your educational and professional success.

Send us an email. If you plan to investigate the beauty and academic diversity offered in St. Lawrence County firsthand, we'd love to meet with you.

Leadership and Field Training

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Field training (FT) is an intense, 23-day leadership challenge that occurs during the summer months, typically 2 years before graduation. It is designed to evaluate leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, critical-thinking and communication skills. Those who are mentally and physically prepared will have an overall positive experience, with improved self-confidence and a better understanding of their strengths as a leader and follower.

When cadets return to school after FT, they hold positions as cadet officers and sign a contract with the U.S. Air Force to confirm their intent to serve as commissioned officers after graduation.  


Students who enroll in AFROTC are referred to as cadets. All cadets are issued a variety of Air Force uniforms that will be worn during Air Force classes and training activities. Wearing a uniform instills a sense pride in being part of a military organization. 


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