AFROTC Building, Room 101
1155 Union Circle #305400
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: afrotc.unt.edu
Lt Col Richard Elkins, Chair
Cordell, Elkins, Fowler
The Air Force ROTC program (aerospace studies) recruits, educates and commissions officer candidates as an integral part of the UNT curriculum. The Air Force ROTC program consists of three parts: the General Military Course (first two years); Summer Field Training Encampment; and the Professional Officer Course (last two years). Students enroll in AERO classes at the same time and in the same manner as for other UNT courses. AERO courses normally receive academic credit as part of a student’s electives. Each instructor is an active duty Air Force officer.
The first two years of the Air Force ROTC four-year program—the General Military Course (GMC)—consist of one hour of classroom work and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. Cadets who wish to compete for an enrollment allocation and entry into the last two years of the program—the Professional Officer Course (POC)—must do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course Selection System. This system uses qualitative factors such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation and aptitude test scores to determine a student’s officer potential. After POC selection, students must complete a four-week field training encampment at an assigned Air Force base. Cadets enrolled in the POC attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory lasting two hours. All GMC and POC cadets must participate in weekly physical training.
In the POC, cadets apply what they have learned in the GMC and at field training. The AFROTC detachment at UNT has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing. POC cadets are assigned to leadership positions, conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit’s cadet corps.
Once enrolled in the POC, cadets are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the obligated reserve section. This entitles them to a monthly, non-taxable allowance during the academic year.
Two- and Three-Year Programs
The last two years of the AFROTC program consist of the Professional Officer Course (POC). Students with at least two undergraduate academic years remaining at UNT may apply for a two- or three-year program, sign up for GMC courses, and compete for an enrollment allocation for entry into the POC. Entrance into the POC is highly competitive; two- and three-year applicants must be selected through the selection system described above.
Cadets must take a required Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) approximately two hours per week throughout their enrollment in AFROTC. LLAB is conducted within the framework of the cadet organization with a progression of experiences designed to develop each student’s leadership potential. The curriculum involves study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremony, career opportunities in the Air Force, and the life and work of an Air Force junior officer. Students develop leadership in a wide variety of practical, supervised environments.
Physical Training (PT)
Each cadet must attend two one-hour Physical Training (PT) sessions per week. PT is designed to motivate cadets to pursue an active, physically fit lifestyle. Cadets must meet Air Force physical fitness requirements to enter into the POC and to be commissioned.
Uniforms and Textbooks
Uniforms and textbooks for AFROTC courses are issued at no cost to the cadets.
Current emphasis in the Air Force ROTC college scholarship program is to award scholarships to candidates pursuing undergraduate engineering or other scientific and technical disciplines. Nearly 90 percent of Air Force ROTC scholarships are awarded in these disciplines. However, students in every degree program enjoy scholarship opportunities as the Air Force seeks to engage students who excel both academically and militarily. Scholarships are awarded at various amounts in increments of four, three and two years.
Air Force ROTC is open to male and female UNT students completing any undergraduate academic degree.
GMC entry requirements include:
- full-time student status (minimum 12 hours);
- good physical condition;
- being of good moral character; and
- being able to compete for POC before reaching 29 years if programmed for flying training or 30 years if programmed for non-flying training.
POC entry requirements include:
- requirements 1–4 above;
- U.S. citizenship;
- at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average; 2.5 if awarded an Air Force scholarship;
- at least two undergraduate academic years remaining at UNT;
- passing score on the Air Force Physical Fitness Test;
- pass Air Force medical examination; and
- completion of Summer Field Training encampment.
Contact the aerospace studies department at 940-565-2074 for additional information on how to join.
Active-Duty Service Commitments
Cadets in the POC and second-year Air Force scholarship cadets are contract cadets who agree to accept a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force after completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements. Most cadets incur a four-year, active-duty commitment which begins after commissioning.
Credit for Core Curriculum
With written approval from the student’s major department, completion of upper-division AERO courses may be substituted for up to 3 hours credit toward the Political Science requirement of the University Core Curriculum.
Minor in Aerospace Studies
The department offers a minor in aerospace studies .
Courses of Instruction
All Courses of Instruction are located in Course Descriptions .
The GMC curriculum includes 1000- and 2000-level AERO lecture courses with associated lab and recitation hours. The POC curriculum includes 3000- and 4000-level AERO lecture courses with associated lab and recitation hours.