What Should I Expect Life to be Like as Cadet?
First, you are not joining the Air Force when you sign up to take ROTC classes. You are simply trying out Air Force ROTC and deciding if Air Force officership is right for you. The commitment comes when either you are offered a scholarship and you accept it, or at the start of your junior year (after attending Field Training). You may be able to try out Air Force ROTC for two full years with no obligation!
Air Force ROTC is a professional training environment. There is absolutely no hazing, maltreatment, disrespect, or physical discipline.
Physical training (PT), however, is part of the Air Force ROTC experience. Cadets that attend OU are expected to attend PT sessions twice per week during the academic term at the Houston-Huffman Fitness Center. PT is conducted from 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. A Friday afternoon session may also be available. Cross-town students have different PT options available to them.
You will be issued uniforms shortly after the semester begins. Cadets are required to wear their uniform to classes on Thursdays between 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM.
Cadets are college students first. Your primary mission is to earn a degree! ROTC commitments will take up some of your time, but you should still have plenty of time remaining to study for your other courses and to hang out with your friends. The time commitments involved with ROTC include an academic class, a weekly Leadership Laboratory, and twice weekly PT attendance.
Freshmen and sophomores will attend a one-credit Aerospace Studies academic course each week, along with Leadership Laboratory (LLAB). The one-credit academic class will provide an introduction to aerospace studies and a background on aerospace history. It can be taken on either Tuesday or Thursday. The two-hour Leadership Laboratory occurs once a week on Thursday afternoons.
Juniors and seniors will attend a three-credit Aerospace Studies academic course each week, along with Leadership Laboratory. The Aerospace Studies classes and LLAB provide you with the instruction and training you need to succeed as an Air Force officer!
As a cadet, part of leading is knowing how to both follow and function as part of a team. You will be part of a team called a flight. Each flight normally has a short meeting weekly, very much like a club on campus.
Once a semester, you will be required to attend an evening event, either a combat dining-in or formal dining-out.
When are you signing up for classes, please remember that the Aerospace Studies academic classes and Leadership Laboratory co-requisite are both mandatory for cadets. Below is a list of the Aerospace Studies courses. If you are unsure of which classes you need to enroll in, please contact the Recruiting Flight Commander at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 325-3211.
These classes typically coincide with a four- or five-year undergraduate degree program, however there is an option to complete the program in three years for those students who do not start Air Force ROTC as freshmen (the AS100 and AS200 classes can be taken concurrently). An Air Force Officer teaches each class.
AERO 1011 (Fall) / AERO 1021 (Spring): This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force.
AERO 2011 (Fall) / AERO 2021 (Spring): This course features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders; introduction to air power through examination of the Air Force Core Functions; and continued application of communication skills. Its purpose is to instill an appreciation of the development and employment of air power and to motivate sophomore students to transition from AFROTC cadet to Air Force ROTC officer candidate.
AERO 3013 (Fall) / AERO 3023 (Spring): This course teaches cadets advanced skills and knowledge in management and leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing leadership skills. Cadets have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors.
AERO 4013 (Fall) / AERO 4023 (Spring): This course is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level.
AERO 1300: Leadership Laboratory is where the theoretical education of the Aerospace Studies classes meets practical use. Before commissioning as an officer, you will put many of the skills you learn into practice, such as counseling, organization and of course leadership. When you commission, you will be prepared for the leadership challenges of a military officer, with both solid theory and practical leadership experience. Leadership Laboratory is taken each semester and complements your AS class.
Visiting our Detachment
As part of your introduction to the Air Force ROTC program here at Detachment 675, we would love for you to come visit! If you are interested, please contact the Recruiting Flight Commander at email@example.com or (405) 325-3211 to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to give you a tour of the detachment and answer any questions that you may have! Drop-in visitors are also welcome, however, depending on the time of the visit, we cannot guarantee that a cadre member will be available.