Wilkes University

Aerospace Studies (AFROTC)

Wilkes University allows for students to major in Aerospace Studies in preparation for Air Force military service.
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Aerospace Studies administers and supervises the curriculum of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) in Northeast Pennsylvania. The program prepares undergraduate students to serve as military officers in the United States Air Force.

Active-duty Air Force officers provide education and instruction through a variety of experiences and a multi-disciplinary curriculum designed to help students develop skills they will need as officers. Students enrolled in any academic specialty may participate in AFROTC, simultaneously earning an academic degree and qualifying for a commission as an Air Force officer upon graduation. Students can also earn a minor in Aerospace Studies. Normally a 4-year program, students can complete the AFROTC program in three years as long as an academic degree is being pursued and completed concurrently.

General Military Course, 4-Year Program Only

 

Aerospace studies

The first two years of the four-year program constitute the General Military Course (GMC). GMC courses are open to any university student. Students enrolling in these courses do not incur any military service obligation. (Exception: Air Force scholarship recipients incur a commitment at the beginning of their sophomore year.) The GMC curriculum consists of four one-credit Aerospace Studies courses; a non-credit leadership laboratory each semester, which introduces students to U.S. Air Force history and environment, customs, courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and leadership skills; and Physical Training (PT) twice weekly.

Recommended 4-Year Course Sequence Leading to a Commission in the United States Air Force

The General Military Course (GMC) Consists of four one-credit courses which are introductory in nature and open to freshmen or sophomores. Student enrolling in these courses do not incur any military service obligation (Exception: Air Force scholarship recipients incur a commitment at the beginning of their sophomore year.) Course credit value are shown with each course.  

First Semester   Second Semester
AS 101 Foundations
of the USAF I
1   AS 102 Foundations
of the USAF II
1
AS 103 Leadership Laboratory 0   AS 104 Leadership Laboratory 0
    1       1
 
Third Semester Fourth Semester
AS 201 Evolution of USAF
Air & Space Power I
1   AS 202 Evolution of USAF
Air & Space Power II
1
AS 203 Leadership Laboratory 0   AS 204 Leadership Laboratory 0
    1       1


Variations in the above schedule are possible. Sophomores with no AFROTC experience can enroll in both the one-credit freshman and sophomore courses (our "dual-enrollee" program).

        Summer Field Training

4-Week AFROTC Field Training  
AS 240 4-week AFROTC
Field Training
3  
2- and 4-Year Programs


The final two years of the four-year program comprise the Professional Officer Course (POC). It consists of four three-credit Aerospace Studies courses, a non-credit leadership laboratory each semester, and PT twice weekly. POC cadets earn a monthly stipend, tax-free subsistence allowance during the academic year and incur a military obligation after contracted. To be accepted into the POC, students must pass a physical examination and an AP officer qualification test, a physical fitness test, and meet certain academic standards. Cadets must complete field training is normally administered the summer before POC entry. In addition, all POC cadets must complete a course in mathematical reasoning prior to being commissioned. 

Recommended Course Sequence
Fifth Semester   Sixth Semester  
AS 301 Air Force
Leadership Studies I
3   AS 302 Air Force
Leadership Studies II
3
AS 303 Leadership Laboratory 0   AS 304 Leadership Laboratory 0
    3       3
 
Seventh Semester   Eighth Semester
AS 401 National Security Affairs: 3   AS 402 National Security Affairs: 3
  Prep for Active Duty I       Prep for Active Duty II  
AS 403 Leadership Laboratory 0   AS 404 Leadership Laboratory 0
    3       3
 

Professional Development Training is voluntary. Throughout the entire 4-year program, cadets may volunteer and compete for various programs which allow them to experience life on an Air Force base and expose them to various career fields within the Air Force; freefall opportunities at the Air Force Academy; Air Assault school with the Army; and a multitude of other training programs.

 

Qualified students may compete for duty as pilots, navigators, engineers, nurses, meteorologists, computer analysts, lawyers, security forces or any of a number of other career fields. Students who satisfactorily complete the curriculum requirements are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force, and will serve on active duty in a career specialty they have chosen, consistent with USAF needs. 

 


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