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Find important information about the University of South Carolina Air Force ROTC program. 

What you can expect

  • Air Force ROTC is normally a 4-year program but it can be compressed to 3 years in some cases. This means that the student must have a minimum of 6 semesters remaining in college (beginning in the fall term).
  • Each cadet is required to have and maintain a minimum 2.5 Term and Cumulative GPA or higher.
  • Air Force ROTC has 3 mandatory events each week that all cadets are required to attend and successfully complete. They are:
    • Physical Training (PT) – You must attend the two (Tuesday and Thursday morning) 1-hour PT sessions offered each week. Air Force PT concentrates on both cardiovascular and strength training to ensure all members are physically fit and able to pass the bi-annual Physical Fitness Assessment.
    • Aerospace Studies (AS) Classes – These classes meet once each week or twice with the 100/200 (freshman/sophomore) level classes being 1 credit hour and the 300/400 (junior/senior) level classes being 4 credit hour courses.
    • Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) – LLAB is our 2 hour training session each week (currently Thursdays from 1450-1650) where we cover military drill, customs and courtesies, Air Force knowledge, and other pertinent military topics that will introduce new cadets to daily Air Force operations, structure, and lifestyle. LLAB also serves as a training tool for our junior and senior cadets as they plan, organize, and lead LLAB activities.
  • Each cadet is required to attend at least 80% of PT, AS class, and LLAB sessions in order to receive a passing grade each term.
  • Each cadet is required to earn a C- or better in all AS Classes.
  • Each cadet is required to take the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) by meeting the minimum score in each area of the assessment AND earning an overall score of 75 out of 100 or better. The PFA consists of height/weight/waist measurements, 1-minute of pushups, 1 minute of sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run.
  • Each cadet must take and pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) during his/her sophomore year. The AFOQT is an assessment similar to the SAT with additional sections that evaluate a student’s understanding of aviation.
  • Each eligible and deserving cadet will be submitted for the POC Selection Process in order to attend Field Training; an AFROTC training event similar to Basic Military Training where cadets are tested and evaluated in multiple areas including leadership and management in a training environment. They must successfully complete Field Training in order to continue into the final two years, the Professional Officer Course or POC, of AFROTC.
  • After completing all required training and obtaining your undergraduate degree, you will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and serve a minimum of 4 years on active duty. Some career fields, or Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs), require a longer active duty service commitment, such as pilot, which currently incurs a minimum 10-year active duty service commitment.


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