Aerospace Studies Requirements

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Aerospace Studies is a voluntary course sequence deliveredin conjunction with the AFROTC program on the SIUC campus. Successful completion of the AFROTC program leadsto a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force.Students who do not intend to obtain a commission may enrollin the academic portion of the Aerospace Studies curriculum.Enrollment in the academic portions of the Aerospace Studiescurriculum is unrestricted, and students incur no militaryobligation. Only those students who apply for and meet theeligibility criteria for the AFROTC program are permittedto enroll in the laboratory portions of the Aerospace Studiescurriculum.

The Aerospace Studies/AFROTC program is divided into theGeneral Military Course (GMC), designed for students withthree to five years remaining until graduation, and the two-year Professional Officer Course (POC), for which AFROTCcadets are competitively selected.

The AFROTC GMC prepares students for the POC andprovides them with an education focusing on the Air ForceCore Values. The GMC courses are designed to provide thebasic knowledge, understanding, and experiences, required tocompete for selection into the POC. The student learns aboutfollowership, leadership, character development, and the valuesnecessary to lead Airmen. Students interested in participatingin the AFROTC GMC may enroll, but are subject to certainphysical, medical, and other eligibility criteria as specified bythe Department of Defense.

Acceptance into the AFROTC Professional Officer Course ishighly competitive and requires the applicant to meet all AirForce officer accession standards. Students selected for thePOC incur a military obligation. They are paid a monthly tax-free subsistence allowance.

Students selected for continuation into the POC attend afour-week field-training course during the summer prior toentering the POC.

Students interested in an Air Force flying career (Pilot,Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Combat Systems Officer, or AirBattle Manager) are not required to pursue any specific degree.Students interested in an Air Force flying career should selectan academic major in a career field which interests them in theevent they are not selected for an Air Force flying career.Leadership Laboratory is a supervised laboratory takenconcurrentlywith the Aerospace Studies courses.

Onlycadets enrolled in the AFROTC program may participate inthe Leadership Laboratory. Non-AFROTC students takingAerospace Studies courses are not allowed to enroll in theLeadership Laboratory. While enrolled in the GMC, cadetsdevelop leadership potential by participating in practical 

leadership situations,participating in and leading drilland ceremonies, learning military customs and courtesies,and engaging in regular physical training.

POC cadetsdevelop leadership skills by assuming command and staffresponsibilities, supervising GMC cadets and implementingthe goals and training objectives of the AFROTC LeadershipLaboratory.

Well-qualified cadets enrolled in the AFROTC programare eligible to compete for scholarships for their remainingyears at the University. In addition to tuition, books andfees, the scholarship provides a monthly tax-free subsistenceallowance. Tuition waivers are also available on a competitivebasis through the Illinois State ROTC Scholarship program.Scholarships do not include costs associated with room andboarding. In addition to the AFROTC commissioning programand courses offered for academic credit, The Department ofAerospace Studies sponsors many extracurricular activities.The Aerospace Club is open to all members of the studentbody. The Arnold Air Society, a national honorary serviceorganization, is open to selected AFROTC cadets. The AFROTCHonor Guard is open to AFROTC cadets on a competitive basis.Honor Guard members participate in local community eventsand in drill competitions throughout the region.

Further information may be obtained from the Departmentof Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), Mailcode 6718,Carbondale, Illinois 62901, by phone at (618) 453-2481, or onthe web at

Aerospace Studies Minor

A minor in Aerospace Studies is structured to broaden the background of students so they may learn more about the Air Force, its role in society, its history, and its officers. With a minor in Aerospace Studies, the civilian leaders of tomorrow will have a better understanding and appreciation of the vital role the Air Force performs in today’s world. AFROTC cadets are also welcome to declare Aerospace Studies as a minor.

A minor in Aerospace Studies consists of a minimum of 16 semester hours, including AS 101, 102, 201, 202 (one semester hour each), 301, 302, 401 and 402 (three semester hours each).

Declaration and/or acceptance of Aerospace Studies as a minor does not constitute acceptance into the General Military Course, the Professional Officer Course, or any other association with the Air Force or AFROTC. A student who is not an AFROTC cadet who wishes to work toward a minor by attending the Aerospace Studies academic courses will be listed within the Department of Aerospace Studies as a special student. He or she may not attend any other AFROTC functions or classes, nor will the student be considered for any AFROTC scholarships, stipends, or privileges.