Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.)

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) provides undergraduate students the opportunity to train to become a United States Air Force officer while completing their college degree. The program, combining traditional undergraduate education with military instruction, will prepare you to tackle the leadership challenges awaiting the Air Force in the 21st century. Unless you're already on an ROTC scholarship, you'll have no initial commitment for your first term--check out the program and see if it is for you. While AFROTC is designed to be a 4-year program, some students are able to complete the program in three years. Upon graduation, you’ll receive a commission as an Air Force officer. For details, contact the Recruiting Flight Commander.

In addition to your regular college courses, you’ll enroll in one AFROTC course per semester through the Department of Aerospace Studies. You will take the AFROTC courses at UTSA as a cross-town student. These courses, along with a four-week summer course, provide the framework for your officer training.

Leadership Lab: In AFROTC, we do not simply teach you about leadership, we give you a chance to put learning into action. The weekly leadership laboratory is a cadet-run activity, planned and carried out by senior cadets. Activities can include drill and ceremony instruction, physical fitness training, sports competition, and guest speaker presentations. Besides conducting leadership laboratories, you will help lead and manage the cadet wing to prepare yourself for your future responsibilities as a Second Lieutenant.

Field Training: Field training is an intensive, 28-day program that you attend in the summer after your sophomore year. This rigorous program involves physical conditioning, weapons exposure, and survival training. As an insight to expeditionary operations, Field Training is your opportunity to develop your skills as both a leader and team member.

Summer Experiences: In summers you don't attend Field Training, you can do things truly amazing. Take hand-to-hand combative training or travel abroad in cultural immersions. These are just a couple of the free, voluntary programs offered to cadets over the summer.

To be eligible for this program, an applicant must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Meet AFROTC weight and body fat standards
  • Pass the AFROTC Physical Fitness Test
  • Have at least a 2.0 cumulative college GPA* and full-time student status (12 semester units including AFROTC classes)
  • Meet the age, moral, medical and other eligibility requirements for Air Force ROTC
    *(2.5 cumulative GPA for entrance into POC Corps)

Even though Air Force ROTC Det 842 is located at UTSA, students from UIW can join our program in accordance with the cross-town agreement between UTSA and UIW. In fact, we have, on average, about twenty cross-town students per semester.

As a student from another university, you can apply to UTSA as a special non-degree seeking student for the sole purpose of participating in the ROTC program. Along with taking the required Aerospace classes, you will be participating in physical training with the cadet corps every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

As a freshmen or sophomore cadet, you can expect to spend about five hours in ROTC activities per week, not including your travel time. The biggest hurdle for cross-town cadets is working out a schedule conflict between both universities’ classes. The freshmen/sophomore ROTC classes at UTSA are one credit hour courses; you can register for a Tuesday or Thursday class. There are multiple class sessions per AS year, and the times will vary each semester. When you register for class, you'll also be automatically registered for a 2-hour lab on Thursday 3:30-5:15PM.

Students attending the University of the Incarnate Word are eligible for the Hispanic Serving Institute scholarship and the In-College Scholarship Program. All students are eligible for Express and Nursing Scholarships.

For more information about enrolling in the AFROTC Program, please call (210) 458-4624, or e-mail You may also visit the Detachment 842 Web Site.

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