Military Science - Air Force ROTC

The development and preparation of future Air Force officers is provided through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program.  AFROTC is a voluntary elective which offers a four-year, a three-year, and a two-year program. All credits offered by the department may be counted as general electives toward completion of the requirements in other curricula. Students completing the program attend Field Training between their sophomore and junior years. Students not pursuing a commission in the Air Force may still enroll in any of the academic classes. These students do not wear the uniform or attend leadership lab; however, course materials are still provided at no cost.

The Air Force ROTC program has three general parts or elements:

  1. The General Military Course (GMC) consists of one hour per week of classroom instruction, two hours per week of physical fitness, and two hours per week of leadership lab. For non-scholarship students, there is no military obligation during the GMC. For scholarship students, there is no obligation during the first year of the GMC. All students are furnished textbooks, uniforms, and equipment. The GMC is open to any student. Registration is the same as for other courses. Aptitude tests, physical fitness tests, and physical exams are given by the fall semester of the sophomore year for those who wish to compete for the Professional Officer Course or for a scholarship.
  2. Field Training is scheduled during the summer months, normally between the sophomore and junior years. All Cadets must complete field training prior to entry into the POC. Cadets who wish to commission and are qualified will attend Field Training on an active Air Force base. Transportation to and from camp, meals and housing are furnished.
  3. The two-year Professional Officer Course or POC (the advanced program) is designed to qualify designated cadets for a commission in the United States Air Force. The primary purpose of the Professional Officer Course is to provide education which will develop a knowledge of the Air Force, as well as skills and attitudes vital to the professional Air Force officer. Cadets practice communication techniques through cadet-led and cadet-centered seminars. The course consists of three hours of classroom instruction per week, two hours per week of physical fitness, and three hours per week of leadership lab. All cadets in the POC are contracted with the U.S. Air Force. If not on scholarship, the cadet will still receive the monthly stipend. Uniforms and course materials are furnished.

Air Force ROTC College Scholarships

Three to four-year scholarships are awarded to qualified, selected cadets. All scholarships cover full tuition, fees, and provide a yearly allowance for books. Scholarship recipients also receive a non-taxable subsistence allowance that increases each year from the Freshman through the Senior year. Numerous majors are recognized as five-year programs and are eligible for extended scholarship benefits. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Military Aerospace Studies anytime to discuss options available.The most current information is available at www.montana.edu/wwwair or http://afrotc.com.

In College Scholarship Program

The ICSP offers 2.5 to 3.5 year scholarships to qualified college freshmen and sophomores in any major. Apply through the Air Force ROTC detachment. Selections take place in the spring for students enrolled in Air Force ROTC and in July for students not enrolled in Air Force ROTC. Please visit http://afrotc.com for the most current information on ICSP opportunities.

Active Duty Obligation

Applying for an Air Force ROTC scholarship does not obligate a student in any way. Four-year scholarship recipients do not incur any obligation until the start of the sophomore year in college. There is no active duty obligation for enrolling in either the freshman or sophomore AFROTC courses. Students who complete the Air Force ROTC program and receive a commission incur a four-year active duty commitment. Flying officers serve additional commitments from the time they complete pilot training.

Typical Four Year Course Progression

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpringSummer
MAS 110 - Foundations of The Air Force I1    
MAS 115 - Leadership Laboratory 1150    
Courses in Major
MAS 111 - Foundations of The Air Force II  1  
MAS 116 - Leadership Lab 116  0  
Courses in Major
Year Total: 1 1  
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpringSummer
MAS 210 - The Employment of Air and Space Power I1    
MAS 215 - Leadership Laboratory 2150    
Courses in Major
MAS 211 - The Employment of Air and Space Power II  1  
MAS 216 - Leadership Lab 216  0  
Courses in Major
MAS 309 - Fld Training, 4 Week    2
Year Total: 1 1 2
Junior YearCredits
FallSpringSummer
MAS 310 - Air Force Leadership and Management I3    
MAS 315 - Leadership Laboratory 3150    
Courses in Major
MAS 311 - Air Force Leadership and Management II  3  
MAS 316 - Leadership Lab 316  0  
Courses in Major
Year Total: 3 3  
Senior YearCredits
FallSpringSummer
MAS 410 - National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty I3    
MAS 415 - Leadership Laboratory 4150    
Courses in Major
MAS 411 - National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty II  3  
MAS 416 - Leadership Lab 416  0  
Courses in Major
Year Total: 3 3  
Total Program Credits: 18