Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program

UTSA students may enroll in courses that are required in order to become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is voluntary and open to all qualified students, male and female. All courses are held on the UTSA campus.

Trinity University, St. Mary’s University, University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, or any Alamo Colleges student may enroll in Air Force ROTC at UTSA. These students will attend ROTC classes on the UTSA campus.

Nursing students at The University of Texas Health Science Center may also enroll in Air Force ROTC at UTSA.

To obtain a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force, a baccalaureate degree in one of the disciplines offered by UTSA and completion of a Four-Year AFROTC Program is required. The full four-year program may be tailored down to less than four years based on the student’s academic progress and the future needs of the Air Force. For complete details on completing AFROTC in less than four years, contact an Air Force ROTC advisor at 210-458-4624. Walk-ins are also welcome on the first floor of the Graduate Studies and Research Building (GSR), Room 1.220.

Credit for aerospace studies courses may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree, but are generally classified as free electives. There is a maximum number of semester credit hours of aerospace studies that may be applied to the degree requirements for each major. Credit for aerospace studies courses awarded by another accredited college or university is accepted by UTSA as credit, within the same limitations as aerospace studies credit earned at UTSA.

Program Requirements

This program does not require a formal application for admission and consists of 16 semester credit hours of aerospace studies. Any student wishing to participate in the freshman- and sophomore-level courses of Air Force ROTC may enroll for these classes at the same time and in the same manner as for other UTSA courses. The freshman and sophomore courses comprise the General Military Course (GMC). Membership as a cadet in the GMC does not confer any military status or commitment upon the student. During the GMC, students can compete for admission to the Professional Officer Course (POC), which is described below. Cadets in the Four-Year Program attend a paid four-week field training course the summer between their sophomore and junior years.

All students in Air Force ROTC are issued books and uniforms for use in ROTC classes. In addition, all POC students enlist in the Air Force Reserve and receive a monthly subsistence allowance.

A required leadership laboratory graded on a pass/fail basis is conducted in conjunction with all aerospace studies courses. This laboratory offers students the opportunity to learn and practice the skills and techniques required to be an Air Force officer within a realistic Air Force organizational framework. It also provides cadets with opportunities to learn about the conduct of Air Force missions and operations through guest lectures and field trips. Cadets are also required to attend physical fitness training a minimum of two times a week which will help prepare them to pass the required physical fitness test.

Cadets may apply for Air Force ROTC scholarships. Three-and-a-half-, three-, two-and-a-half-, and two-year scholarships are available to cadets who meet the basic minimum requirements (achieving and maintaining a 2.5 grade point average, passing a physical fitness test, and passing a physical). Students with questions are encouraged to come by GSR 1.220 or call an Air Force ROTC scholarship advisor at 210-458-4624.

Minor in Aerospace Studies

This minor is designed to enhance the aerospace studies (Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps) curriculum. A Minor in Aerospace Studies (ASC) will develop a well-rounded perspective of a future Air Force officer’s role and decision-making ability in political, sociological, historical, and geographical arenas.

All students pursuing a Minor in Aerospace Studies must complete 20 semester credit hours.

A. Required core courses
ASC 2031The Evolution of United States Air Force Air and Space Power I1
ASC 2041The Evolution of United States Air Force Air and Space Power II1
B. Additional courses
Select 3 of the following, two of which must be at the upper-division level):9
The Foundation of the United States Air Force I
The Foundation of the United States Air Force II
Air Force Leadership Studies I
Air Force Leadership Studies II
National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty I
National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty II
C. Additional courses
Select 3 of the following, 2 of which must be at the upper-division level9
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Political Geography
History of Modern Warfare
History of American Foreign Relations
Civil Rights in Texas and America
International Politics
Political Movements
European Governments
Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
Governments and Politics of East Asia
Politics of the Third World
Politics of the Middle East
American Foreign Policy since World War II
Force in International Politics
Current Issues in World Politics
Social Psychology
Total Credit Hours20

To declare a Minor in Aerospace Studies, obtain advice, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult the professor of aerospace studies in University College in conjunction with an advisor in the office of Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services.

Aerospace Studies (ASC) Courses

ASC 1031. The Foundation of the United States Air Force I. (1-2) 1 Credit Hour.

A survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Focuses on mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing cadets with followership experiences. Generally offered: Fall.

ASC 1041. The Foundation of the United States Air Force II. (1-1) 1 Credit Hour.

A continuation of ASC 1031, students progress in acquiring skills and demonstrating their proficiency. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing cadets with followership experiences. Generally offered: Spring.

ASC 2031. The Evolution of United States Air Force Air and Space Power I. (1-1) 1 Credit Hour.

Examines general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age systems of the Global War on Terror. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate development of AF distinctive capabilities and missions to demonstrate the evolution of today’s USAF air and space power. Examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension. Reviews importance of AF core values with use of operational examples and historical AF leaders. Stresses development of communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing cadets with followership experiences. Generally offered: Fall.

ASC 2041. The Evolution of United States Air Force Air and Space Power II. (1-1) 1 Credit Hour.

A continuation of ASC 2031, students progress in acquiring skills and demonstrating their proficiency. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing cadets with followership experiences. Generally offered: Spring.

ASC 3013. Air Force Leadership Studies I. (3-2) 3 Credit Hours.

A study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles. Generally offered: Fall.

ASC 3023. Air Force Leadership Studies II. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

A continuation of ASC 3013, students progress in acquiring skills and demonstrating their proficiency. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles. Generally offered: Spring.

ASC 4013. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty I. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within the structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles. Generally offered: Fall.

ASC 4023. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty II. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Continuation of ASC 4013, students progress in acquiring skills and demonstrating their proficiency. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements the course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles. Generally offered: Spring.