What is AFROTC?
Ohio University's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a 4-year, in-college officer training program that allows college students to obtain a undergraduate degree while training to become an Officer for the into the United States Air Force (USAF) or Space Force (USSF). It is also offers elective credit hours towards their undergraduate degrees. At Ohio University, AFROTC cadets earn a minor in Aerospace Studies upon graduation. Upon course completion and graduation, our cadets commission as active duty second lieutenants and serve in the nation in a multitude of exciting career fields and duty locations!
What it Takes to be an AFROTC Cadet
First year cadets dedicate approximately 5 hours each week to AFROTC. This includes attending a 1-hour academic class, 1-hour physical training sessions twice per week, and a 1.5 leadership laboratory. As cadets progress through the program, they earn more responsibilities and become mentors for underclassmen cadets.
To be successful in the AFROTC program and earn a commission as an Air Force Officer, cadets must maintain a good GPA, meet the Air Force Physical Training standards, and must set themselves to a higher standard exhibiting a high moral character.
What it's Like to be in AFROTC
Weekly Physical Training
All cadets must participate in Physical Training (PT) sessions. These are 1-hour sessions, held twice per week. The overall goal for PT is to ensure cadets can pass the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), which includes a 1.5 mile run, 1 minute of push-ups, 1 minute of sit-ups, and a body composition portion as established by the USAF Physical Fitness standards. Frequently, cadets conduct PT in the form of high-intensity interval training, weight room workouts, circuit training, formation runs and even game days.
AFROTC Class Descriptions
Aerospace Studies 100 (AST 100) – Freshman
Description: AS 100, "Heritage and Values," is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air and Space Forces and provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air and Space Forces.
Aerospace Studies 200 (AST 200) – Sophomore
Description: AS 200, "Team and Leadership Fundamentals," provides a fundamental understanding of both leadership and team building. The lessons and course flow are designed to prepare students for field training and leadership positions in the detachment.
Aerospace Studies 300 (AST 300) – Junior
Description: AS 300, "Leading People and Effective Communication," utilizes student’s field training experience to take a more in-depth look at leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing communication skills, and why that is important as a leader. Students have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors.
Aerospace Studies 400 (AST 400) – Senior
Description: AS 400, "National Security/Commissioning Preparation," is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers and how they are directly tied to our National Security Strategy. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. For AFROTC cadets, a mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.
Leadership Laboratory (LLab) – All
Description: Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) is a dynamic and integrated grouping of leadership developmental activities designed to meet the needs and expectations of prospective Department of the Air Force second lieutenants and complement the AFROTC academic program. It is a student planned, organized, and executed practicum conducted under the supervision of the Detachment Commander and Operations Flight Commander.
Scholarships and Other Financial Benefits.
Find details about scholarships and other benefits on our Scholarships and Benefits page. If you still have questions, contact us at at 740-593-1343.
Ready to See What it's All About?
Considering the Air Force as a career or just curious about what cadet life is like? Visit our How to Apply page to learn what you need to do to become an AFROTC cadet.