Aerospace Studies

Overview

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Air Force ROTC
Faculty and Staff
 

Army ROTC
Faculty and Staff
 

Naval ROTC
Faculty and Staff
 

Tuskegee University is authorized by the Department of Defense as a senior division Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) unit. The Training Corps is organized into two parts--Army and Air Force. The Reserve Officers Training Corps is an integral part of the officer procurement programs for Reserve and Active forces to the two services. The Army and Air Force programs at Tuskegee University are both composed of two programs -- a Basic and an Advanced program.

Tuskegee University's Basic ROTC program is totally voluntary. Qualified upper-class students may apply for and be accepted into the advanced course. Provisions for selected junior college graduates, transferees, and special students, are also available to enter directly into the Advanced program. Students who are enrolled in the Advanced program (3rd and 4th ROTC year) are paid at the rate of $350-400 per month. Successful completion of the advanced program leads to a commission as a second lieutenant in the Reserve or Active Armed Forces. Students with prior military training should contact the Department of Military Science, at the beginning of their first year of enrollment at Tuskegee University.

Scholarships are available to selected students who are motivated toward military service and who are enrolled in ROTC programs. Four-year scholarships are awarded to qualified graduating high school seniors. Each scholarship pays tuition, laboratory expenses, and an allowance of $250-400 per month, for the duration of the year. All scholarship students get free room and board from the university.

Military textbooks are furnished for first and second year ROTC students; third and fourth year ROTC students pay for books through the university bookstore.

Aerospace Stuides

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is the oldest major continuous source of officers for the United States Air Force. It is responsible for commissioning career oriented officers through academic programs in colleges and universities across the nation. The objective of ROTC is to place on active duty lieutenants who demonstrate dedication to duty, who willingly accept responsibility, who think critically and creatively, and who have the ability to communicate with clarity and precision.

Air Force ROTC is one of the three main long-range programs designed to provide the Air Force with the bulk of its professional officer corps. The others are the Air Force Academy and the Officer Training School. The Air Force is depending on high quality Air Force ROTC men and women for much of its future leadership.

History

Air Force ROTC was established in 1946 at 78 colleges and universities including Tuskegee University. The ROTC program continues the previously established program of training military leaders. During World War II, the Army Air Corps contracted with Tuskegee University to conduct primary Pilot Training for Black Officers.

This was the only training site in the nation where Blacks could train to be military pilots. The 992 black military aviators trained at Tuskegee's training complex were organized into four squadrons designated the 332nd Fighter Group. The Group became know as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen distinguished themselves by destroying 409 enemy aircraft. They also sank an enemy destroyer. They flew more than 1,500 missions and over 15,000 sorties. Most notably, they flew over 200 bomber escort missions and never lost a bomber aircraft to enemy fighters.

These brave African-American airmen earned 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, Legions of Merit, Silver Stars, Purple Hearts, the Croix de Guerre, and The Red Star of WWII and achieved greater accomplishments. Although they did not receive the recognition they deserved in terms of promotion, many went on to live very distinguished civilian lives as doctors, lawyers, politicians, and educators. The late Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. retired in 1970 as a Lieutenant General. President William J. Clinton promoted him to four-star General on January 14, 1999.

This AFROTC detachment has continued to be a major source of minority leadership as evidenced by the achievements of some of its graduates. Tuskegee University has produced more African American General Officers than any other institution of higher learning. Most notably, the late General Daniel "Chappie" James, United States Air Force was our nation's first African American four-star General.

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is an educational program designed to provide college students an opportunity to become commissioned officers in the United States Air Force while completing their college degree programs. There are several routes to become an Air Force Officer. Air Force ROTC offers three routes to an Air Force commission, which is either through the Air Force ROTC Four-Year, Two-Year, or One-Year Programs.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships

Air Force ROTC offers four-year scholarships (College Scholarship Program) on a competitive basis to high school seniors or graduates who want to major in selected scientific and technical areas such as engineering, mathematics, and computer science, as well as some non-technical areas. The deadline for submitting the complete scholarship package is the first week in December of the year prior to the college freshman year.

Scholarships are also available for students already enrolled in college (In-College Scholarship Program) for 3.5, 3.0, and 2.5 years to college students in the scientific, technical, and non-technical areas. There are also two-and-three-year nursing and pre-medical scholarships available for qualified men and women. Application inquiries and submissions can be made to the Professor of Aerospace Studies at the Air Force ROTC detachment, located at the General Daniel "Chappie" James Center, during the freshman and sophomore levels of college. Air Force ROTC scholarships pay full college tuition and most laboratory, textbook, and incidental fees. In addition, all scholarship recipients receive a non-taxable monthly stipend. The annual stipend amount ranges from $2,500 to $4,000 per year depending on the students' enrollment year.

Qualifications for Air Force ROTC Scholarships

Students applying for In-College AFROTC scholarships must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 the semester prior to scholarship activation, pass an Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), successfully complete an Air Force medical examination, and successfully pass a physical fitness test. In addition, the student must be enrolled and in good academic standing in the applicable Aerospace Studies and Leadership Laboratory courses.

Registration for Air Force ROTC Courses

Air Force ROTC courses are listed in the Tuskegee University Undergraduate Programs Bulletin, and the Tuskegee University Schedule of Courses. Students who wish to enroll in General Military Courses may do so just as they would for any other campus course.

As an Air Force ROTC cadet, students spend one class period each week in a Leadership Laboratory putting into practice the leadership skills and management theory acquired during class. Leadership Laboratory is a cadet-centered program designed to improve the cadets' leadership skills as Air Force officers.

Qualifications for Aviation Programs

Air Force ROTC cadets, both men and women, may compete to become pilots and navigators. All pilots and navigator candidates must successfully pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), and be medically qualified, in order to be officially selected as a pilot/navigator candidate by a board of Air Force officers.

Air Force pilot training is conducted at several bases in the United States. These training courses are available to commissioned men and women who qualify for duty as rated pilots. Officers must meet physical qualifications and apply in sufficient time to enter Undergraduate Flying Training (UFT) prior to reaching age 30. Therefore, AFROTC pilot candidates must be scheduled for commissioning before reaching 29 years of age. This will allow AFPC the time necessary to schedule a selected pilot or navigator cadet into an appropriate training class.

Air Force navigator training is available to qualified commissioned officers. Officers must meet physical qualifications and apply in sufficient time to enter UFT prior to reaching age 30. Therefore, AFROTC navigator candidates must be scheduled for commissioning before reaching 29 years of age. This will allow AFPC the time necessary to schedule a selected pilot or navigator cadet into an appropriate training class.

Medical Programs

The Air Force offers direct appointments to graduates of medical, dental, and nursing schools, as well as to members of other professional medical services.

Air Force ROTC Pre-Health Professions Program: This program encourages students to earn commissioning through Air Force ROTC, and subsequent special qualifications for scholarship under the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program in a selected health professional school, or in the Uniform Services University of Health Sciences. College students are eligible to compete in the Pre-Health Professions Program, which includes scholarships. Program members are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force upon completion of Air Force ROTC and baccalaureate degree requirements. Participants are guaranteed an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship to attend medical school, provided they gain acceptance to a medical school prior to their commissioning/graduation date.

Air Force ROTC Nursing Program: Air Force ROTC offers nursing scholarships for two to four years. Only high school seniors or graduates who have not attended college full time may qualify for the four-year nursing scholarship. Students already in college may apply for two or three year scholarships.

Graduate Educational Opportunities

Once cadets complete Air Force ROTC and are commissioned, they may request a delay from entry into active duty to complete graduate work. This advanced education is pursued at the individual's own expense. Air Force ROTC graduates may also apply for graduate education at the Air Force's expense under the Air University's Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) program. Those selected for AFIT receive all pay and allowances of a second lieutenant and have their tuition and expenses paid for by the Air Force. Once on active duty, the Air Force Officer has additional opportunities for graduate and advance professional education.

Air Force Societies and Activities:

Aerospace Field Training Encampment Course: Field Training Encampment courses are conducted during the summer at several different Air Force bases in the United States. These courses include aircraft and aircrew orientation, career orientation, leadership training and evaluation, officership training, survival training, physical training, human relations instruction, small arms familiarization, first aid and other supplemental training. Cadets are organized into units modeled after active duty Air Force organizations (flights, squadrons, groups, and wings). Each cadet receives several opportunities to serve in leadership positions within these units. Discipline is maintained with emphasis on high standards for military appearance and personal grooming, orderliness and neatness of living areas, military customs and courtesies, and drill and ceremonies.

Arnold Air Society: This Honorary Professional Organization was named in honor of General H.H. (Hap) Arnold, Commanding General of the Army

Air Force in World War II. The Arnold Air Society is an honorary professional organization of Air Force cadets. Its units provide a variety of services to their institutions as they promote the interests and ideas of the U.S. Air Force. The Society also enables its members to prepare themselves as future Air Force leaders. Basis for membership is the cadet's desire to promote traditions and aspiration of the Air Force and to foster citizenship. Tuskegee University's Arnold Air Society Squadron takes part in university, civic, charitable, and service activities in keeping with its dedication to public service.

Silver Wings: The coed auxiliary of the Arnold Air Society. They participate in an active program of professional service projects of their own, as well as serving as hostesses at university, civic and AFROTC functions. Thus, they become better informed about the contributions of the Air Force to our national security, while assisting their host Arnold Air Squadrons. Competition for membership in the organization is keen. Selection criteria include the candidate's interest, sociability, demeanor and academic achievements at the university.

Air Force ROTC Drill Team: An organization of cadets who learn the art of standard and "creative" military drill techniques. The Air Force ROTC Drill Team offers cadets an excellent opportunity to refine their leadership skills. The team participates at different intercollegiate matches in the southeastern United States.

Courses of Instruction

PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR AFROTC STUDENTS: Students enrolled in AFROTC may satisfy their Physical Education requirement by completing at least two of the following courses: AERO 151, 152, 251, 252. Students must also be enrolled in the associated Leadership Laboratory course in order to receive Physical Education credit.

AERO 0151. THE AIR FORCE TODAY. 1st Semester. Lect.1, Lab 1, 2 credits. This course is a study of professionalism and officership as they apply to the military. It also includes an introduction to communication skills.

AERO 151L. AEROSPACE STUDIES LABORATORY. 1st Semester. Lab 1, 0 credits. (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated by cadets, under the supervision of the AFROTC staff (cadre), plans and conducts training in drill and ceremonies, leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: AERO 0151.

AERO 0152. THE AIR FORCE TODAY. 2nd Semester. Lect. 1, Lab 1, 2 credits. A study of the organizational structure of the Air Force, mission of selected military organizations, and selected topics that contribute to an understanding of the Air Force today.

AERO 152L. AEROSPACE STUDIES LABORATORY. 2nd Semester. Lab 1, 0 credits. (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated by cadets, under the supervision of the AFROTC staff (cadre), plans and conducts training in drill and ceremonies, leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: AERO 0152.

AERO 0251. DEVELOPMENT OF AIR POWER. 1st Semester. Lect. 1. Lab 1, 2 credits. This course examines the development of air power over the past sixty years. It traces the development of various ideas of employment of air power and focuses upon factors that have prompted research and technological change. Also included is an assessment of communication skills and introductory leadership.

AERO 251L. AEROSPACE STUDIES LABORATORY. 1st Semester. Lab 1, 0 credits. (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated by cadets, under the supervision of the AFROTC staff (cadre), plans and conducts training in drill and ceremonies, leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: Aero 0251.

AERO 0252. DEVELOPMENT OF AIR POWER. 2nd Semester. Lect. 1, Lab 1, 2 credits. This course presents an historical review of the technical stride in air-power employment, in military and non-military operation, and in support of national objectives. This course also surveys the evolution of air power concepts and doctrines, from the Communication exercises and skills that are practiced.

AERO 252L. AEROSPACE STUDIES LABORATORY. 2nd Semester. Lab1, 0 credits (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated by cadets, under the supervision of the AFROTC staff (cadre), plans and conducts training in drill and ceremonies, leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: Aero 0252

AERO 0351. AIR FORCE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT. 1st Semester. Lect 3, Lab 1, 3 credits. This course is a study of the ethical characteristics and responsibilities forming the foundation of military professionalism. Leadership theory, human relations, personnel policies and concepts of discipline are examined. Communication skills and problem solving techniques are emphasized.

AERO 351L. AEROSPACE STUDIES LABORATORY. 1st Semester. Lab 1, 0 credits. (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated by cadets, under the supervision of the AFROTC staff (cadre), plans and conducts training in drill and ceremonies, leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: 0351

AERO 0352. AIR FORCE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT. 2nd Semester. Lect. 3 , Lab 1, 3 credits. This course is a study of management including the functions of the military executive and quality management applications. Management practices and controls are evaluated with mission requirements and achievements. Emphasis is placed on critical and creative thinking.

AERO 352L. AEROSPACE LABORATORY. 2nd Semester. Lab 1, 0 credits. (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: 0352

AERO 0451. NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS. 1st semester. Lect. 3, Lab 1, 3 credits. This course examines the need for national security, analyzes the evolution and formation of the American defense doctrine; investigates the types of security, surveys alliances, and regional studies. Communication skills are broadened and refined.

AERO 451L. AEROSPACE STUDIES LABORATORY. 1st Semester. Lab 1, 0 credit. (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated by cadets, under the supervision of the AFROTC staff (cadre), plans and conducts training in drill and ceremonies, leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: AERO 0451

AERO 0452. NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS . 2nd Semester. Lect 3, Lab 1, 3 credits. This course focuses on the military as a profession, officership, the military justice system, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Also, continued emphasis is given to the refinement of communicative skills.

AERO 452L. AEROSPACE STUDIES LABORATORY. 2nd Semester. Lab 1, 0 credits. (PASS/FAIL). Provides leader-manager training and experience for all AFROTC cadets in a supervised environment. The cadet organization staged and operated by cadets, under the supervision of the AFROTC staff (cadre), plans and conducts training in drill and ceremonies, leadership, and personnel management. Corequisite: AERO 0452