The Department of Aerospace Studies provides a four-year program of instruction for
all qualified U.S. citizens, male and female, divided into two phases, each of two
years duration. The first, termed the General Military Course, offers instruction
in the foundation of leadership and Aerospace-age citizenship. The second, termed
the Professional Officer Course, builds upon these foundations in developing upperclassmen
who are to become Air Force officers and serve on active duty upon graduation and
Instruction in Aerospace Studies has been an important phase of the curriculum at
the University of Memphis since 1951. Active duty Air Force personnel, approved by
the University president, are detailed by the Department of the Air Force to administer
the instructional program. Air Force officers serve under appointment by the University
as Professor or Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies.
THE GENERAL MILITARY COURSE (GMC)
The two-year (4 semesters) General Military Course consists of one hour a week of
classroom instruction and two hours a week in Leadership Laboratory. Textbooks are
furnished by the Air Force without charge. Air Force uniforms are furnished and must
be properly worn and kept in good condition. Cadets who successfully complete the
GMC may apply for admission to the Professional Officer Course.
THE PROFESSIONAL OFFICER COURSE (POC)
The Professional Officer Course provides instruction and systematic training to selected
eligible students who desire to qualify as officers in the United States Air Force
while pursuing their academic studies at the University. Successful completion of
the requirements for the POC and for a baccalaureate degree leads to a commission
in the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. To be eligible for selection
to the POC, a student must have at least two undergraduate years remaining at the
University. Final selection is based on academic standing, leadership potential, percentile
score on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, and physical qualifications.
This lab is designed around a microcosm of the U.S. Air Force. It gives the cadets
the opportunity to develop their leadership potential while allowing the staff to
make evaluations based on actual managerial and leadership situations.
AIR FORCE ROTC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Scholarships paying full tuition and fees, book allowance, and a tax free subsistence
allowance of $350.00 per month are available to entering freshmen and University students
who are competitive academically and will enroll in the Air Force ROTC program. Details
concerning qualifications and applications can be obtained from the Department of
Aerospace Studies. NOTE: Several loan funds are also available to students enrolled
in AFROTC. For more information, contact the department staff.
Field Training is offered during the summer months at selected Maxwell Air Force Base
in Montgomery, Alabama. Students in the four-year program participate in four weeks
of Field Training (AERO 3211), usually between their sophomore and junior years. Students
applying for entry into the program with less than four years must successfully complete
five weeks of Field Training (AERO 3212) prior to enrollment in the Professional Officer
AEROSPACE STUDIES MINOR
Upon successful completion of 16 semester hours in Aerospace Studies with a minimum
grade of C, a cadet may apply for a minor in Aerospace Studies.