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Air Force ROTC

As an Air Force ROTC student, you’ll develop the analytical, communication and critical-thinking skills to be adaptable and thrive in a variety of careers.

A group of Air Force cadets gathered in front of a sculpture of fighter jets

The Air Force ROTC is a four-year educational program designed to provide theoretical and applied leadership experience to become an Air Force Officer while you complete your bachelor’s degree.

As an Air Force ROTC student, you’ll have access to exclusive scholarships, and when you graduate, you’ll commission into the USAF as a second lieutenant, joining an elite group. You’ll develop the analytical, communication and critical-thinking skills to be adaptable and thrive in a variety of careers.


About the Program

Air Force ROTC is a dynamic and integrated grouping of aerospace studies courses and leadership development activities designed to meet the needs and expectations of prospective Air Force second lieutenants. It is student-planned, -organized and -executed under the supervision and guidance of the detachment commander, operations flight commander and recruiting flight commander.

Throughout our four-year aerospace studies program, you will take the following courses in combination with your major-related courses: Foundation of the United States Air Force, Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power, Leadership Studies and National Security Affairs/Preparations for Active Duty and Leadership Lab (taken every semester).

You may also complete the program in three years by joining at the beginning of your sophomore year and doubling up your first two years of academic classes.

In the first two years of the Air Force ROTC four-year program, the General Military Course includes one hour of classroom work, one to two hours of leadership laboratory each week, and two hours of physical training.

The General Military Course is an opportunity for students not on an Air Force ROTC scholarship to try out the program with no obligation. After completing General Military Course requirements, if you wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, you 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 if you have officer potential.

After selection, you must successfully complete a summer four-week field training unit at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer Course. Once you are enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you must attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory (lasting from one to two hours), as well as physical training.

In the Professional Officer Course, you apply what you have learned in the General Military Course and at field-training units. In Professional Officer Corps, you actually conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit’s cadet corps. Each unit has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing.

Professional Officer Course classes are small. Emphasis is placed on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include management, communication skills and national defense policy. Once you have enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles you to a monthly $300-$450 nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year.


Student Organizations

Arnold Air Society

Arnold Air Society (Samuel E. Anderson Squadron) is a professional, honorary service organization advocating the support of aerospace power.  Its mission is to build strong officers for the United States Air Force. 

The society provides opportunities for a greater interaction between students and Air Force leaders in national defense, government and industry; activities to exercise leadership, management, organizational and public relations skills; and community service activities that demonstrate the close relationship between civilian and military institutions.


Honor Guard

Honor Guard is responsible for the ceremonial presentation of our American flag at events on and around the TCU campus. Cadets drill and practice the skills of marching and flag presentation. Air Force ROTC participates in sporting events and official meetings, plus award and military ceremonies.