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
- 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.