Air Force ROTC

Aviation Technology Complex (AVNC), Room 116
2811 Merrill Field Drive, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 786-7266
www.uaa.alaska.edu/afrotc

The Air Force ROTC program educates and trains students to serve as officers in the active duty U.S. Air Force. Air Force ROTC has two-, three- and four-year programs that culminate in a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Academic curriculum includes studies in leadership and management, national security affairs, and the development of air and space power. Leadership laboratory consists of practical military training, physical fitness, leadership exercises and staff rides to local Air Force installations. Air Force ROTC is not a degree- or certificate-granting program. Academic courses (except AIRS A150) are open to all UAA students. Students who have joined the Cadet Wing and do not have a medical condition that would preclude service in the Armed Forces may participate in AIRS A150.

The leadership laboratory provides practical military training. Activities include field trips to Air Force bases, physical fitness training, marching, and leadership exercises. To attend the leadership laboratory, UAA students must join the Cadet Wing and not have a medical condition that would preclude service in the Armed Forces.

To become an officer through Air Force ROTC, a student must, at a minimum, complete the two-year program (300- and 400-level courses plus leadership laboratory), a summer field training encampment, and earn a baccalaureate degree in any major from UAA. Upon graduation and commissioning, new lieutenants must serve a minimum of four years in the Air Force. Those who successfully complete Air Force pilot training must serve 10 years after training.

In order to receive a minor in National Defense, Strategic Studies and Leadership: Air Force Emphasis, students must complete the declaration of a minor form on the UAA website.

Two hours of mandatory physical training (PT) are required each week. Times and location of PT sessions will be announced each term.

Two-Year Program

Available to UAA students with two years remaining until graduation. Cadets must take the courses listed below and attend a summer field training encampment either before starting the 300-level courses or in the summer prior to starting the 400-level courses.

AIRS A301US Air Force Leadership and Management I3
AIRS A302US Air Force Leadership and Management II3
AIRS A401National Security Affairs I3
AIRS A402National Security Affairs II/Prep for Active Duty3
AIRS A150US Air Force Leadership Laboratory 14
1

Cadets take AIRS A150 each semester for a total of four semesters and 4 credits. Academic courses are taken in the order listed, beginning with AIRS A301 in the fall semester.

Three-Year Program

Available to UAA students with three years remaining until graduation. Cadets must take the courses listed below and attend a summer field training encampment prior to starting the 300-level courses.

AIRS A201Evolution of Air and Space Power I2
AIRS A202Evolution of Air and Space Power II2
AIRS A301US Air Force Leadership and Management I3
AIRS A302US Air Force Leadership and Management II3
AIRS A401National Security Affairs I3
AIRS A402National Security Affairs II/Prep for Active Duty3
AIRS A150US Air Force Leadership Laboratory 16
1

Cadets take AIRS A150 each semester for a total of six semesters and 6 credits. Academic courses are taken in the order listed, beginning with AIRS A201 in the fall semester.

Four-Year Program

Available to UAA students with four or more years remaining until graduation. Cadets must take the courses listed below and attend a summer field training encampment prior to starting the 300-level courses.

AIRS A101Foundations of the United States Air Force I1
AIRS A102Foundations of the United States Air Force II1
AIRS A201Evolution of Air and Space Power I2
AIRS A202Evolution of Air and Space Power II2
AIRS A301US Air Force Leadership and Management I3
AIRS A302US Air Force Leadership and Management II3
AIRS A401National Security Affairs I3
AIRS A402National Security Affairs II/Prep for Active Duty3
AIRS A150US Air Force Leadership Laboratory 18
1

Cadets must take AIRS A150 each semester for a total of eight semesters and 8 credits. Academic courses are taken in the order listed, beginning with AIRS A101 in the fall semester.

Scholarships and Incentive Payments

Air Force ROTC has numerous scholarship and incentive programs for high school seniors planning to enroll at UAA and for college students currently enrolled or planning to enroll at UAA. All students receiving a scholarship or incentive payment must join the Cadet Wing and be a full-time student (at least 12 semester credits for undergraduate or 9 semester credits for graduate students).

  1. High school seniors can compete for Air Force ROTC scholarships that pay tuition, fees, and books at any university with an Air Force ROTC program. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend. Students can submit applications to Air Force ROTC. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 1 of a student’s senior year.
  2. Air Force ROTC at UAA has several scholarship options for college students. These scholarships cover tuition, fees, and books for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Scholarships also include a monthly stipend. Students compete for these scholarships during the academic year prior to activation. For example, a 100-level cadet can compete for a scholarship that would start in the fall of the cadet’s 200-level year.
  3. All scholarships and incentives are subject to federally mandated age restrictions. Contact Air Force ROTC at UAA for more information.

Commissioning

After completing the AFROTC program, graduating from UAA and passing a commissioning physical, cadets will receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force.

  1. Cadets selected for pilot training will usually begin the training within one year of commissioning. Officers who successfully complete Air Force pilot training must serve 10 years. Cadets compete for pilot training slots in their 300-level year. The pilot selection board considers GPA, cadet ranking, Physical Fitness Test scores, previous flight time, and pilot aptitude test scores when assessing candidates. Air Force ROTC at UAA has more information on medical and age requirements for Air Force pilots.
  2. Cadets not qualified for nor interested in pilot training can compete for slots in other career fields. The Air Force has a variety of operations, administrative, engineering and scientific career opportunities. Cadets compete for and receive career assignments during the 400-level year and will serve four years (minimum) in the US Air Force after commissioning.
  3. Cadets may also compete for medical school appointments. Scholarships cover tuition, fees, and books for a cadet’s undergraduate and medical school programs. Air Force ROTC at UAA has more information on this highly competitive program.