The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program prepares men and women of character, commitment, and courage to assume leadership positions as commissioned officers in the active duty United States Air Force. On completion of the curriculum, students will have a thorough understanding of the core values, leadership, teamwork, and other requirements to be an effective officer in the world’s greatest Air Force. For more information on the Air Force Science program, contact the Air Force Science Department at the University of Houston by calling 713-743-4932 or on-line at www.uh.edu/class/airforce .
All courses and physical training sessions take place at the University of Houston. Flight orientation occurs at airports in the Houston metro area.
ROTC classes may be taken for elective credit toward any degree plan at the University of Houston. All academic courses are open to all students. ROTC scholarship students incur a military obligation.
The General Military Course (GMC) is the first half of the four-year ROTC program and is taken during the freshman and sophomore years. This program allows the student to experience Air Force ROTC without obligation (unless the student is on an Air Force ROTC scholarship).
Each semester of the GMC consists of one classroom hour of instruction as well as Leadership Laboratory each week.
During the first two years, the student will learn about the Air Force and the historical development of aerospace power.
During the summer preceding the junior year, the student will compete for the opportunity to attend a four-week Field Training Unit. Successful completion of field training is mandatory for entrance into the Professional Officer Course (POC), the junior and senior years of the four-year program.
As a junior, the student will study the core values, leadership, teamwork, and management tools required to become an effective Air Force officer.
During the senior year, students study the national security policy process and regional and cultural studies, participate in a war-game, and complete final requirements for commissioning as second lieutenants.
As an Air Force ROTC cadet, each student is required to attend an additional two-hour class known as Leadership Laboratory.
Although not part of the academic class requirement, it is an essential element of officer training. Leadership Laboratory is an intensive military training program in which students gain invaluable leadership and managerial experience while learning about the Air Force way of life. Students have numerous opportunities to hear guest speakers and panel discussions, participate in field trips, and experience practical leadership exercises.
Air Force ROTC offers various scholarship opportunities for students at the University of Houston:
In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP) is a highly competitive scholarship program aimed primarily at college freshmen and sophomores in any major (students with a bachelor’s degree can compete to earn a master’s degree). The ICSP awards cover tuition capped at either $18,000 per year plus $900 per year for books or $9,000 per year plus $900 per year for books.
The Express Scholarship Program is operated on a fully qualified basis: those who meet the qualifications are awarded the scholarship. Though the list of eligible college majors differs from year to year, the express scholarship covers full tuition per year and $900 for books. Currently, majors that qualify include: Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Strategic foreign languages. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.AFROTC.com.
All AFROTC scholarship recipients and POC cadets receive a nontaxable monthly stipend. The annual stipend amount ranges from $2,000 per year to $4,000 per year depending on the recipient’s enrollment year.
For additional information on AFROTC scholarship opportunities, please visit the AFROTC website at www.afrotc.com or call 1-800-4AFROTC.
Cadets completing the General Military Course attend four weeks of field training (FT) during the summer at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Those who have not completed the GMC attend an extended FT Unit. This rigorous program of leadership training, physical conditioning and academics assesses the cadet’s potential to be an Air Force officer.
Cadets also receive survival and firearms training and career information. Cadets receive travel pay and daily pay for FT.
All cadets can volunteer to participate in a joint Air Force ROTC/Civil Air Patrol flight orientation program. This consists of eight flights, four in the front seat of a small passenger aircraft and four additional flights in the back seat as an observer. A soaring program also is available in which cadets get four sorties in gliders. In addition, an abbreviated flying ground school course is taught in the ROTC classrooms using FAA textbooks. The flight program and ground school course are both free for all cadets.
Cadets meet twice per week at the University of Houston Alumni Center to perform physical fitness training. The training is mandatory and emphasizes push-ups, sit-ups, and running in order to pass the USAF physical fitness test.
Cadets are eligible to compete to attend PDT during the summer months.PDT consists of several programs, including:
Cadets receive travel pay and daily pay for the majority of these programs.
For more information contact the Unit Admissions Officer at 713-743-4932/3704 or visit the University of Houston Air Force website at www.uh.edu/class/airforce .
During this time of war, our mission of producing Air Force second lieutenants of character, commitment, and courage is more important than ever.
See AFSC in the Courses of Instruction section (these are University of Houston listings).
Air Force Science does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Air Force Science can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Air Force Science, see the program's website: http://www.professor.rice.edu/professor/Air_Force_Science.asp.