Ohio University


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: AST 100 is a 1 credit-hour survey course designed to introduce first-year students to the USAF and AFROTC. Featured topics include mission and organization of the USAF, officership, and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, USAF officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

Aerospace Studies 200 (AST 200) – Sophomore

Description: AST 200 is a 1 credit-hour course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers the time period from the first dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems of the Global War on Terror. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities and missions to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF. 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 students 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. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

Aerospace Studies 300 (AST 300) – Junior

Description: AST 300 is a 3 credit-hour course, the study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of 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 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.

Aerospace Studies 400 (AST 400) – Senior

Description: AST 400, a 3 credit-hour course, 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. 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

Aerospace Studies Leadership Laboratory (LLab) is a requisite with AST 100, 200, 300, and 400 courses. LLab is the application of personal leadership skills, demonstration of command, effective communication, individual leadership instruction, physical fitness training, and knowledge of US Air Force customs and courtesies.

Scholarships & Other Financial Benefits.

You can find details about scholarships and other benefits by visiting our Scholarships and Benefits page. And if you still have questions, you may call a cadre member at (740) 593-1343 to get those questions answered.

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. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! 



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