USAF-ROTC
Commissioning Program


Opportunities to Commission in
United States Air Force
Through Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Department of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC, Det 730
Unit Admissions Officer
2917 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
(412) 624-6396

www.afrotc.pitt.edu/

Program Overview

Franciscan University offers the opportunity for students to become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force after completing a four-year degree. Students are required to attend at least the junior and senior AFROTC classes at the University of Pittsburgh during their full-time undergraduate studies at Franciscan University. In addition to the academic portion of the curriculum, each student attends two hours of leadership lab each week and two separate hours of physical fitness training with fellow cadets. This lab utilizes a student organization designed for the practice of leadership and management techniques. Students should anticipate approximately 5 hours of ROTC participation per term during the freshman and sophomore years, and approximately 7 hours of ROTC participation per term during the junior and senior years. These classes and labs are held on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Franciscan students are responsible for their own transportation for the program. Freshmen should contact the Student Life Office as soon as possible to request an exception to the policy that prohibits Freshmen from having a car on campus.

Detachment 730 logoExpress scholarships are available to qualified freshman, sophomore, junior students in highly needed degree areas. See ROTC admissions officer for current list of qualifying majors. In-college scholarships are available through ROTC for top performing freshman and sophomore cadets. Freshman and sophomore students become eligible for In-college scholarships after finishing one term and completing a four-year academic plan signed by a Franciscan University counselor and the University of Pittsburgh-ROTC Unit Admissions Officer. All these scholarships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students. Many AFROTC scholarships cover most tuition costs, incidentals and lab fees and offer $900 per year for books. Contracted cadets receive a $300-500 per month tax free stipend.

A student is under no contractual obligation to the Air Force until entering the POC or accepting an Air Force scholarship.

Four-Year Program

In the four-year commissioning program, a student takes the general military course (GMC) during the freshman and sophomore years, attends a four-week summer training program, and then takes the professional officer course (POC) in the junior and senior years.

General Military Course (GMC)

The subject matter for the freshman and sophomore years is developed from an historical perspective and focuses on the scope, structure, and history of military power with emphasis on the development of air power. The freshman courses explore the role of U.S. military forces, and the Air Force in particular, through a study of the total force structure, strategic offensive and defensive forces, general-purpose forces, and support forces. The sophomore courses include an introduction to the history of air power with emphasis on the development of concepts and doctrine governing the employment of U.S. air power.

Professional Officer Course (POC)

The Professional Officer Course, taken during the cadet’s junior and senior years, concentrates on three main themes: the concepts and practices of management, leadership, and national defense policy. During the first term of the junior year, the course concentrates on a study of the management functions: planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling. Basic and advanced management techniques, as found in the military and industrial environment, are explored. The second term deals with the application of general concepts of leadership to Air Force situations.As a basic study of human behavior, human relationships, and professional ethics, the course emphasizes the similarities between the problems encountered in the military and civilian environment. The first term of the senior course concentrates on selected elements of the U.S. government and national security process engaged in producing national strategy as well as various elements of U.S. military forces, doctrine, and employment capabilities. During the second term, the course concentrates on the strategic options available to the U.S. and on the manner in which policy choices are made. The course also includes a review of the military justice system.

For details about the two programs as well as information on the courses, scholarships and flying programs, interested students are encouraged to contact the Air Force ROTC Admissions Officer.

Program Requirements

 

First Semester Credits
0001 Foundations of US Air Force (AS 100) 1
0005 Freshmen Leadership Lab 0
Major/Elective Courses >11 (12-18)
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Second Semester
0002 Foundations of US Air Force (AS 100) 1
0005 Freshmen Leadership Lab 0
Major/Elective Courses >11
12-18
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Third Semester
0003 Evolution of Air and Space Power (AS 200) 1
0006 Sophomore Leadership Lab 0
Major/Elective Courses >11 (12-18)
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Fourth Semester
0004 Evolution of Air and Space Power (AS 200) 1
0006 Sophomore Leadership Lab 0
Major/Elective Courses >11 (12-18)
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Summer
Attend a four or five week Field Training Encampment at Maxwell, AFB AL Credit (department specific) (TBD)
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Fifth Semester Credits
1013 Air Force Leadership Studies (AS 300) 3
1005 Junior Leadership Laboratory 0
Major/Elective courses >9 (12-18)
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Sixth Semester
1014 Air Force Leadership Studies (AS 300) 3
1005 Junior Leadership Laboratory 0
Major/Elective >9 (12-18)
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Seventh Semester
1015 National Security Affairs (AS 400) 3
1005 Senior Leadership Laboratory 0
Major/Electives Courses >9 (12-18)
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Eighth Semester
1016 National Security Affairs (AS 400) 3
1005 Senior Leadership Laboratory 0
Major/Electives Courses >9 (12-18)
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Total Credits Needed >120

 

Note: Students need to finish a B.S. or B.A. within four years at Franciscan University. Students pursuing an Air Force approved technical major may be allowed 5 years to finish their degree and obtain a commission.

ROTC Course Descriptions

Foundations of US Air Force (AS 100)

Survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and AFROTC. Our featured topics include: Air Force Core Values, leadership, team building, managing the force, and communication skills exercises. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. Objectives: The AS100 student should know the organizational structure of the Air Force, and understand the customs, courtesies and professional appearance required of an Air Force officer. The individual should know the Air Force Core Values and understand the concepts of professionalism and officership as they apply to the military along with the opportunities and benefits available to an Air Force officer. The individual should demonstrate and refine basic communication skills.

Evolution of Air and Space Power (AS 200)

Survey course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers a time period from the first use of balloons and dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems and massive air campaign of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies), and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF air and space power. 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 of the general nature and employment of air and space power, from an institutional doctrinal and historical perspective. In addition, the students learn the importance of “living” the Air Force core values, with the use of operational examples. A writing assignment and individual briefing will be accomplished to enhance your communications skills. Objectives: During the course, each student should: Know the key terms and definitions used to describe air and space power. Know the events, leaders, and technical developments which surrounded the evolution of USAF air and space power. Demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills. Know the Air Force core values and examples of their use throughout the evolution of USAF air and space power.

Air Force Leadership Studies (AS 300)

AS300 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, 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 experience, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course. Objectives: Comprehend selected individual leadership skills and personal strengths and weaknesses as applied in an Air Force environment. Comprehend the responsibility and authority of an Air Force officer, the Air Force officer’s responsibilities, the counseling and feedback process, and the selected duties and responsibilities as a subordinate leader. Comprehend and apply concepts of ethical behavior. Apply listening, speaking and writing skills in Air Force formats and situations with accuracy, clarity and appropriate style. Comprehend the sources of a leadership powerbase pitfalls/successful military equal opportunity and leadership accountability. Demonstrate the ability to make decisions in line with AF Core Values in an active duty environment/situations with the leadership/management skills studied.

National Security Affairs (AS 400)  

AS 400 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. For those seeking a commission in the USAF a mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences. The course goals support the lesson objectives, which are mandatory and must be covered by the instructor. Objectives: Comprehend the basic elements of US national security policy and process. Comprehend air and space power functions and competencies. Understand selected roles of the military in society and current issues affecting the military profession as well as selected provisions of the military justice system. Comprehend the responsibility, authority, and functions of an Air Force commander. Apply listening, speaking, and writing skills in Air Force-particular formats and situations with accuracy, clarity, and appropriate style. Comprehend the factors which facilitate a smooth transition from civilian to military life.

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