Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC)

For information, contact the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps office at 50 Millett Hall (513-529-2031).

AFROTC was established at Miami in 1949 as the Department of Air Science and Tactics. In 1952, a joint university-Air Force agreement resulted in the unit’s designation as a Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Department of Aerospace Studies.

Membership Eligibility

All AFROTC classes may be taken by Miami students for university credit, however only students meeting AFROTC entry requirements may be considered as cadets working toward an Air Force office commission.

To be eligible you must:

  • be at least 14 years of age. You must be 17 years of age for enlistment and 18 years of age for commissioning.
  • be under the maximum age for commissioning. To compete for the pilot or navigator categories, a cadet must be able to complete their bachelor's degree and be commissioned through Air Force ROTC before they are 29 years old. Scholarship applicants must be less than 31 years old as of December 31 of the year they will commission. Tech, non-tech, and non-rated must be commissioned by age 30 (waiverable up to age 35 in some cases).
  • be a United States citizen
  • be of good moral character
  • meet Department of Defense and Air Force Dependency Policy requirements
  • meet medical entrance requirements
  • meet academic requirements and be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.00 or higher) to compete for an enrollment allocation
  • pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
  • meet weight and physical fitness standards

Veterans with previous honorable active U.S. military service who wish to enroll in the Professional Officer Course may be qualified for a waiver for the General Military Course (GMC) requirement. Veterans who meet all other requirements may be enrolled at the beginning of their junior year.

Scholarship Program

This AFROTC scholarship program offers highly qualified high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores opportunities to compete for scholarships on a national level. Awards range from four-year to two-year scholarships which can cover up to full tuition and provide money for books, fees, and a monthly tax-free stipend.

Other Scholarships

Several other university (i.e., non-government) scholarships are also available to Miami Air Force ROTC cadets. These privately funded scholarships vary by amount and eligibility criteria and are awarded by the professor of aerospace studies.


The curriculum in aerospace studies is divided into two parts: the General Military Course (GMC), taken during your freshman and sophomore years, and the Professional Officer Course (POC), taken during your junior and senior years.

General Military Course (GMC)

The GMC includes one class (one credit hour) and two leadership laboratory hours (one credit hour) per week plus physical fitness training. Class and leadership laboratory comprise a total of two credit hours each semester.

Professional Officer Course (POC)

The POC includes three classroom hours and two leadership laboratory hours per week plus physical fitness training. Class and leadership laboratory comprise a total of four credit hours each semester for a total of sixteen semester hours upon completion of the POC program.

Leadership Laboratory

The leadership laboratory includes activities designed to apply the leadership knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Activities include demonstration of command, team projects, problem solving, military customs and courtesies, effective communication, fitness development, and field training preparation among other things. POC cadets have the added responsibility of planning and running leadership laboratory in order to gain practical application of the leadership principles learned in the classroom.

Field Training

Applicants for the Professional Officer Course must attend a summer field training course between their sophomore and junior years. Those who complete the GMC are assigned to a four-week training session; however, students who do not complete the entire GMC must attend an expanded six-week field training session. Field training is an opportunity to further develop leadership and team-building skills. Those who successfully complete field training are eligible to enter the POC. Academic credit may be obtained for completing field training. The Air Force provides uniforms, housing, medical care, meals, travel allowance, and pay while attending field training.

Uniforms and Textbooks

AFROTC provides books to all students enrolled in AFROTC classes and also provides uniforms for cadets in the program. Books and uniforms must be returned upon completion of or withdrawal from the courses.

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