AFROTC is an in-college program dedicated to training future Air Force officers. Upon graduation, our cadets are commissioned as active duty 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
We offer our Aerospace Studies classes at Bowling Green State University to both local students or students from one of our seven “cross-town” colleges and universities: The University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University, Heidelberg College, Tiffin University, The University of Findlay, LourdesUniversity, and Owens Community College.
Air Force ROTC classes do not start for the fall term until 27 August even if your university starts their semester earlier than BGSU. Physical training will not start until 28 August and it will be explained at the first lab.
Unless a scholarship is awarded to you and you accept, there is NO initial military commitment for Aerospace courses.
The program consists of 1 class per semester over 4-years. In the first two years, classes are only 50 minutes once a week. In the last two years, it goes up to 3 hours once a week. A two hour leadership lab follows the classes to ensure our students get hands-on leadership experience. All classes and the lab are held at BGSU. Physical training is also required and usually occurs three mornings each week at numerous locations. Cross-town cadets usually work out together for PT locally and then carpool to BGSU on Tuesday. The required time adds up to 6 hours a week through the first 2 years and 8 hours the last 2 years.
During their junior or senior year, cadets can compete nationally for Air Force specialties such as pilot (to include remote controlled aircrafts), navigator, air battle manager, special operations, intelligence, logistics, finance, nursing, law, and various other specialties.
Check out some of our cadets in action!
2009 Det 620
2010 Spring Det 620
2011 Spring Semester
2011 Fall Semester - F-16 Flyover!
Cadet Bradford: Becoming an AFROTC cadet is the best thing I've done since entering college. We do some cool things like paintball, weapons familiarization, and warrior runs to mention a few. I've learned not only a lot about the military and what it takes to become a leader in the world's best Air Force, but also a lot about myself. I have been pushed to what I thought was my limit, and then encouraged to go further. Of course it's not always easy to wake up at 0615 for Physical Training, but it's totally worth it. I wouldn't trade my experiences and the friends I've made for anything in the world.
Cadet Fagan: When I started AFROTC, I thought that I would just give it a try. I wanted to join the military and I figured that getting a degree before I went in would be a wise decision. During my first semester in the program I knew that I was here to stay. ROTC has offered me the chance to get my education while I’ve been developing as a leader. Through the program I have had the opportunity to fly in a training jet, travel across the country and even the world to study another language, and I’ve made lasting friendships with the people that I count on every day. ROTC offers hundreds of opportunities for students and future officers. I would recommend the program for anyone. No one is born a leader, but the things you learn here can make you one
For a comprehensive list of possible specialties for Air Force officers, visit http://www.afrotc.com/careers/jobsearch/index.php (external link).
See How To Join for course information and inprocessing information.
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