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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)

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The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) trains students to become Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force. This program is designed to motivate, educate, and commission highly qualified students to become successful active duty officers. AFROTC uses a curriculum that develops professional knowledge, both in theory and application that is required to produce an effective manager and leader within the Air Force environment. Through an agreement with the University of Washington, students at Seattle University are offered enrollment into this program.

General Program Requirements

All aerospace studies courses are available to cadets exclusively.  Additionally, any student may join the AFROTC program as a cadet and enroll in the 100- and 200-level general military courses as long as they meet the minimum entrance requirements.  The general military courses are prerequisites to entry into the professional officer courses (300- and 400-level courses) and seeking a commission in the Air Force is on a controlled, selective basis.  Contact the Recruiting Flight Commander in the Department of Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) at the University of Washington for more information by visiting http://afrotc.uw.edu/, calling (206) 543-2360 or emailing afrotc@uw.edu.

Commissioning Requirements

Students must successfully complete the AFROTC program and receive an academic degree from Seattle University. Upon program and degree completion, cadets are offered commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force.

General Military Course (GMC)

The 100- and 200-level courses for AFROTC cadets consist of one classroom hour, two hours of leadership laboratory, and two hours of physical fitness per week during the freshman and sophomore years. Uniforms and textbooks are provided. Students may enter the freshman class at the start of autumn or winter quarters. Sophomore students may enter at the start of autumn quarter. A four-week field training-course, normally taken during the summer between the sophomore and junior years, is required for entry into the professional officer courses. Students may receive pay and travel costs for field training.

Except for cadets on AFROTC scholarship, students incur no active-duty service commitment by taking general military courses and may drop the courses at any time within the limits of university course-drop policies.

Professional Officer Course (POC)

Cadets selected for enrollment in professional officer courses are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and receive tax-free monthly subsistence stipends. They are furnished text books and uniforms. Junior- and senior-level classes consist of three hours of academic classes, two hours of  leadership laboratory and two hours of physical fitness per week.

Financial Assistance

The Air Force offers many types of scholarships to college students. AFROTC scholarships pay tuition, certain fees, and textbook reimbursements. Engineering AFROTC scholarship winners may qualify for Seattle University Incentive funds that would cover the remaining difference in the cost of tuition after the AFROTC scholarship, plus the cost of room and board. All other students awarded scholarships from any Air Force ROTC Scholarship Board may be eligible for a supplemental room grant. Cadets may be eligible for one of these scholarships and should contact the Recruiting Flight Commander in the Department of Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) for more information, (206) 543-2360 or at afrotc@uw.edu.

Course Descriptions

See the University of Washington course catalog for course descriptions: www.washington.edu/students/crscat/aerosci.html

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