(AIR FORCE ROTC)
Lt Col J. Dale Hataway, Chair
118 College Drive, Box 5145
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Chambers, Hataway, Smith
The Air Force ROTC Program offers a course of study leading to a commission as a second lieutenant and service on active duty. The program is an accredited part of the curriculum of the university. Air Force ROTC may apply toward satisfying the requirements for an academic minor.
Professional Officer Course (POC)/Minor in Aerospace Studies
The minor in Aerospace Studies is only available for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) cadets. The minor requires 16 hours, including the following: AOS 312, AOS 312L, AOS 313, AOS 313L, AOS 412, AOS 412L, AOS 413, and AOS 413L.
Enrollment in the Professional Officer Course (POC) under an Air Force contract (obligated reserve) is limited to those students who have applied and have been accepted for this course. Individuals entering the POC must have two academic years remaining in college as full-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level. After completing their studies, all contracted POC students are obligated to accept a commission and to enter the active duty Air Force.
Air Force ROTC College Scholarship Program
An aerospace studies committee nominates qualified freshman, sophomore and junior students to compete for three- and two-year scholarships. Scholarships can pay full tuition, as well as certain fees and expenses associated with required courses, including most textbooks. In addition, the recipient will receive between $300 and $500 (tax-free) monthly allowance (depending upon classification) during the school year. Scholarships are awarded based on the specific needs of the Air Force. All academic majors are potential scholarship recipients. Interested students should contact the Department of Aerospace Studies.
Four-year scholarships are also available to high school students. High school students interested in making application can apply online at www.AFROTC.com before December 1, of their senior year.
Air Force ROTC students are eligible for membership in the Drill Team and Arnold Air Society and allowed to participate in departmental activities. Arnold Air Society is a national organization with membership restricted to Air Force ROTC cadets. Both organizations are sponsored by the Air Force Association and hosted by the department. Other departmental activities include visits to Air Force bases, physical fitness conditioning and intramural sports, as well as optional summer professional development training programs.