Air & Space Studies
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The Air and Space Studies Department of Wilkes
administers and supervises the curriculum of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) in
Northeast Pennsylvania. The program prepares undergraduate and graduate students to serve as military officers in the United States Air Force Active-duty Air Force officers provide education and instruction through a variety of experiences and a multi-disciplinary curriculum designed to help students develop skills they will need as officers. Students enrolled in any academic specialty may participate in AFROTC, simultaneously earning an academic degree and qualifying for a commission as an Air Force officer upon graduation. Students can also earn a minor in Air and Space Studies. Normally a 4-year program, students can complete the AFROTC program in three years as long as an academic degree is being pursued and completed concurrently.
consists of a 4-week, 3-credit Air and Space Studies Course or, for those completing the AFROTC program in 3 years, a 5-week, 3 credit Air and Space Studies Course conducted at selected Air Forces bases. Field Training provides leadership, followership, and teambuilding opportunities for AFROTC cadets.Cadets will be evaluated on military discipline and leadership potential and cadre will determine the cadet;s readiness to enter the Professional Officer Course. Secondary objectives include: orientation to active duty standards, motivation towards an Air Force career, and emphasizing the necessity of having a physically fit lifestyle.
Most Professional Development Training
is voluntary. Between the freshmen and sophomore years, cadets may volunteer and compete for: 1- or 3-week base visit programs which allow them to experience life on an AF base and expose them to various career fields within the AF; freefall opportunities at the Air Force Academy; air assault school with the Army; and a multitude of other training programs. Between the junior and senior years, cadets may volunteer and compete for: base visit programs which allow them to shadow active-duty officers in their chosen career field; a specialized shadow program with the Office of Special Investigations; Cadet Training Assistant (CTA) duties at FT; and various other training programs.
Qualified students may compete for duty as pilots, navigators, engineers,
nurses, meteorologists, computer analysts, lawyers, security forces or any of a number of other career fields. Students who satisfactorily complete the curriculum requirements are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force, and will serve on active duty in a career specialty they have chosen, consistent with USAF needs.