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updated 2/17/2009

Aerospace Studies

Salvador Barbosa, Chair

Professor
Salvador Barbosa, Lt. Colonel, USAF, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 775, University of South Carolina, M.S., University of Idaho, 1993

Assistant Professors
Jeffery A. Ramsey, Major, USAF, M.S., Lesley College, 1995
Charles H. Jackson Jr., Captain, USAF, M.B.A., Tuoro University International, 2003


Overview

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Program offered by the Department of Aerospace Studies is conducted pursuant to provisions of the ROTC Vitalization Act of 1964. AFROTC is a leadership program for college students interested in earning a commission and entering the active duty Air Force as an officer, after completing a bachelor's or master's degree. AFROTC instructs students in military heritage, the development of air and space power, military ethics, drill and ceremonies, communication, human relations, and leadership theory and techniques. Teaching methods include instructor presentations, student discussions and team projects, and hands-on leadership exercises. All books and uniforms associated with AFROTC are provided at no cost to the student. Additionally, students may enroll for academic credit only. The AFROTC program is optimized to cover eight semesters of a typical student career. However, the program can be tailored to accommodate as few as the final two semesters prior to degree completion. Inquire in the Department of Aerospace Studies for details.

General Military Course (GMC). Qualified freshman and sophomore students may enroll as Air Force ROTC cadets in the general military course. This program allows students to "try out" Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation unless on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. Students will learn about Air Force history, the historical development of airpower, and basic officership skills. Testing and screening are accomplished during the freshman and sophomore years to determine those cadets qualified for enrollment in the professional officer course. Enrollment in AERO 101/102 or 201/202, plus the corequisite lab, is required to maintain good standing in the GMC.

Professional Officer Course (POC). Upon successful completion of a four- or five-week field-training course at an Air Force base, qualified cadets may enroll in the professional officer course during their last two years of college. POC courses offered by the Department of Aerospace Studies are designed to prepare selected juniors, seniors, or graduate students for their responsibilities as Air Force officers. An allowance for tuition, fees, and books plus a subsistence stipend are paid during the last two years of college to cadets maintaining the minimum grade point average for advancement. Enrollment in AERO 301/302 (juniors) and 401/402 (seniors), plus the corequisite lab, is required to maintain good standing in the POC. Successful completion of the POC results in receiving a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Program Completion Requirements

  • be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • be a U.S. citizen prior to commissioning
  • be in good physical condition, meet height and weight standards
  • have good moral character
  • be medically qualified
  • pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
  • successfully complete field training requirements
  • be in good academic standing

Scholarship Opportunities

College Students: Air Force ROTC offers one- to four-and-a-half-year scholarships to college students in most majors. These scholarships include partial to full tuition and fees, a book allowance, and a monthly nontaxable stipend. Selection is based on student scores on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, cumulative grade point average, and a rating from an interview. There is also a one-time, non-renewable scholarship available for new USC cadets who have a qualifying cumulative grade point average and/or SAT or ACT scores. To apply for any scholarship, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies.

High-School Seniors and Graduates: There are also scholarships available, on a competitive basis, to high-school seniors or graduates who have not enrolled as full-time college students. For up to four years, these scholarships pay partial to full tuition and fees, a textbook allowance, plus a monthly nontaxable stipend. Students should apply prior to December 1 of the year preceding the fall term they would enter the University full-time.

Physical Conditioning

Mandatory physical conditioning is an integral part of the Department of Aerospace Studies curriculum and is required for AERO 101L, 102L, 201L, 202L, 301, 302, 401, and 402.


Course Descriptions (AERO)

General Military Courses

  • 101 -- The Foundation of the U.S. Air Force I. (1) (Coreq for cadets only: AERO 101L or permission of instructor) Survey course introducing students to the U.S. Air Force and AFROTC. Topics include mission and organization of the Air Force, officership, professionalism, military customs and courtesies, and officer career opportunities.
  • 101L -- Initial Military Training Cadet Leadership Laboratory I. (0) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Provides cadets the basic skills/knowledge to be functional members of the cadet corps, and activities to build camaraderie and esprit-de-corps. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.
  • 102 -- The Foundation of the U.S. Air Force II. (1) (Coreq for cadets only: AERO 102L or permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 101. Additional topics include Air Force core values, leadership principles, group leadership dynamics, and an introduction to verbal and written communications skills.
  • 102L -- Initial Military Training Cadet Leadership Laboratory II. (0) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 101L. Exposure to additional information on an Air Force career. Scenarios and problems teach followership and leadership skills. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.
  • 201 -- The Evolution of the U.S. Air Force I. (1) (Coreq for cadets only: AERO 201L or permission of instructor) Examines USAF air and space power from a historical perspective. Covers the earliest aircraft, both World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, air and space employment during the Cold War.
  • 201L -- Field Training Preparation Cadet Leadership Laboratory I. (0) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Prepares cadets mentally and physically for rigorous field training. Emphasizes individual/flight drill, military customs and courtesies, dress and grooming standards. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.
  • 202 -- The Evolution of the U.S. Air Force II. (1) (Coreq for cadets only: AERO 202L or permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 201. This course continues to explore Air Force history, beginning with the Vietnam era and culminating with the application of air and space power in recent conflicts.
  • 202L -- Field Training Preparation Cadet Leadership Laboratory II. (0) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 20lL. Focuses on AFROTC Honor Code, Field Training Manual/procedures, and expeditionary skills required at field training. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.

Professional Officer Courses

  • 301 -- Air Force Leadership Studies I. (4) (Coreq for cadets only: AERO 301L or permission of instructor) Study of leadership, management fundamentals, the profession of arms, personnel evaluation systems, ethics, motivation, team building, change management, and communication skills. Analyses of leadership and management case studies.
  • 301L -- Intermediate Cadet Leader Leadership Laboratory I. (0) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Provides cadets opportunities to develop leadership and followership skills, as well as sharpen their planning, organization, and communication ability. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.
  • 302 -- Air Force Leadership Studies II. (4) (Prereq: AERO 301; Coreq for cadets only: AERO 302L or permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 301. Topics include developing subordinates, conflict management, counseling, influence, authority and responsibility, accountability, and moral leadership. Includes case studies on effective supervision and accountability.
  • 302L -- Intermediate Cadet Leader Leadership Laboratory II. (0) (Prereq: AERO 301L or permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 301L. Allows intermediate cadet leaders to further develop leadership and management skills essential in Air Force officers. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.
  • 401 -- National Security Affairs. (4) (Prereq: AERO 302 or permission of instructor; coreq for cadets only: AERO 401L or permission of instructor) Study of U.S. Constitution, the Armed Forces, civilian control of the military, elements of national security, USAF doctrine, Total Force, the Joint environment, terrorism, and regional and cultural studies.
  • 401L -- Senior Cadet Leader Leadership Laboratory I. (0) (Prereq: AERO 302L or permission of instructor) Provides senior cadet leaders opportunities to develop leadership and supervisory skills, and to effectively manage resources toward mission accomplishment. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.
  • 402 -- Preparation for Active Duty. (4) (Prereq: AERO 401 or permission of instructor; coreq for cadets only: AERO 402L or permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 401. Topics include additional regional studies, military justice, personnel feedback, evaluation and promotion systems, the military profession, current issues affecting the military, and preparation for active duty.
  • 402L -- Senior Cadet Leader Leadership Laboratory II. (0) (Prereq: AERO 401L or permission of instructor) Continuation of AERO 401L. Allows senior cadet leaders advanced opportunities to hone their leadership in preparation for entering active duty. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.
  • 499L -- Extended Cadet Leader Leadership Laboratory. (0) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Provides extended cadet leaders opportunities to continue developing leadership, managerial, and communication skills, and to mentor junior cadet corps members. Includes mandatory physical fitness program. Restricted to cadets. Graded Pass/Fail.

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