Welcome to Air Force ROTC Detachment 775!
Current as of 14 May 2015
AFROTC Det 775 at the University of South Carolina invites you to take control of your future, do something amazing, and join the ranks of the men and women of the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer!
Thank you for reaching out and expressing an interest in Air Force ROTC. We have included some basic information about the program below.
- Air Force ROTC is normally a 4-year program but it can be compressed to 3 years in some cases. This means that the student must have a minimum of 6 semesters remaining in college (beginning in the fall term).
- Each cadet is required to have and maintain a minimum 2.5 Term and Cumulative GPA or higher.
- Air Force ROTC has 3 mandatory events each week that all cadets are required to attend and successfully complete. They are:
o Physical Training (PT) – You must attend the two (Tuesday and Thursday morning) 1-hour PT sessions offered each week. Air Force PT concentrates on both cardiovascular and strength training to ensure all members are physically fit and able to pass the bi-annual Physical Fitness Assessment.
o Aerospace Studies (AS) Classes – These classes meet once each week or twice with the 100/200 (freshman/sophomore) level classes being 1 credit hour and the 300/400 (junior/senior) level classes being 4 credit hour courses.
o Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) – LLAB is our 2 hour training session each week (currently Thursdays from 1450-1650) where we cover military drill, customs and courtesies, Air Force knowledge, and other pertinent military topics that will introduce new cadets to daily Air Force operations, structure, and lifestyle. LLAB also serves as a training tool for our junior and senior cadets as they plan, organize, and lead LLAB activities.
- Each cadet is required to attend at least 80% of PT, AS class, and LLAB sessions in order to receive a passing grade each term.
- Each cadet is required to earn a C- or better in all AS Classes.
- Each cadet is required to take the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) by meeting the minimum score in each area of the assessment AND earning an overall score of 75 out of 100 or better. The PFA consists of height/weight/waist measurements, 1-minute of pushups, 1 minute of sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run.
- Each cadet must take and pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) during his/her sophmore year. The AFOQT is an assessment similar to the SAT with additional sections that evaluate a student’s understanding of aviation.
- Each eligible and deserving cadet will be submitted for the POC Selection Process in order to attend Field Training; an AFROTC training event similar to Basic Military Training where cadets are tested and evaluated in multiple areas including leadership and management in a training environment. They must successfully complete Field Training in order to continue into the final two years, the Professional Officer Course or POC, of AFROTC.
- After completing all required training and obtaining your undergraduate degree, you will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and serve a minimum of 4 years on active duty. Some career fields, or Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs), require a longer active duty service commitment, such as pilot, which currently incurs a minimum 10-year active duty service commitment.
There are a few common misconceptions and questions people may have about Air Force ROTC. They include:
- Air Force ROTC will pay for school for anyone that joins – FALSE – Air Force ROTC does have scholarship money available and we will submit eligible and deserving cadets for those scholarships, but the vast majority of our cadets go the entire four years and pay for college on their own.
- Cadets will be sent overseas or some other hostile environment if they join – FALSE – NO cadets will be required to deploy during their time in the Air Force ROTC program. However, after graduation and commissioning into the Air Force that is a possibility.
- Cadets are required to serve in the Air Force and sign a contract the first day they come to training – FALSE – cadets are not required to sign a contract until returning from Field Training unless they accept a scholarship prior to attending Field Training.
- I will have to cut my hair and men will have to shave when attending military training – TRUE – we will provide specific details but all cadets are required to display a professional military appearance during all military training events.
- I will have to wear a uniform – TRUE – however, cadets are required to complete all necessary documentation prior to being issued military uniforms, and they are normally only worn one day per week.
- How do I join?? – Please contact us by calling (803)-777-3448, emailing AFROTC@mailbox.sc.edu, or visiting our office to learn more about the Air Force ROTC enrollment process.