Air Force Aerospace Studies, ROTC (AES)

As a University of Dayton (UD) student you have the opportunity to become an Air Force officer through a cooperative agreement with Wright State University's (WSU) Department of Aerospace Studies. WSU is the home of Detachment 643 and the host site for local colleges and universities to provide the AFROTC program to full-time students pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Although you’ll register for ROTC through UD, all courses are typically taught at WSU. UD provides transportation. 

The AFROTC program is designed to produce Air Force officers who will be successful leaders and managers. All officers are placed in positions of responsibility, facing challenging and rewarding career opportunities while using the most advanced technology in the world. 

The AFROTC program is organized in two portions:  the General Military Course (GMC), typically taken during first- and sophomore years, and the Professional Officer Course (POC), usually taken during junior and senior years or during the last two years prior to graduation. A corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year, where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies, is also required. For more information on ROTC course descriptions, please visit https://www.wright.edu/air-force-rotc/cadet-life/rotc-classes.

• The GMC is a no-obligation introduction to the Air Force. The course covers the Foundations of the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Evolution of USAF and Space Power.

• The POC curriculum covers communicative skills, Air Force Leadership Studies, National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty.

Although the program is open to all majors, selection to the POC is very competitive and depends on your performance. All AFROTC students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships that pay partial or full tuition, books and charges, plus a monthly stipend (stipend amount depends on your progress in the program). These scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate academic and leadership potential. Scholarships with the greatest availability are in the areas of engineering, mathematics, computer science and physics. High school students should apply for a scholarship no later than December 1st of their senior year. Apply at https://www.afrotc.com/. In-college students will apply for scholarships through their AFROTC instructor. If you are a first-year or sophomore seeking a challenge and want to serve your country, sign up for the Aerospace Studies 121 course.

For further information about AFROTC at UD, students should contact:

The Department of Aerospace Studies
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio 45435
Phone: 937-775-2730
Email: afrotc@wright.edu
Website: http://www.wright.edu/air-force-rotc

or

The University of Dayton Admission Office
Phone: 937-229-1000
E-mail: info@udayton.edu

Courses

AES 120. General Military Course (GMC), Leadership Laboratory. 0 Hours

Applied Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) training. This lab provides an opportunity for students to apply Air Force procedures, techniques, and knowledge. Students will learn the Air Force organizational structure as well as customs and courtesies. GMC cadets will also develop their followership and teamwork skills in a cadet led, cadre supervised Lab environment. Requires participation in two weekly physical training sessions. Taken concurrently with 100-level AES courses. (Pass/Fail).

AES 121. Foundations of the United States Air Force I. 1 Hour

This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provide an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force. Corequisite(s): AES 120.

AES 122. Foundations of the United States Air Force II. 1 Hour

This is a continuation of AES 121. It is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provide an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force. Corequisite(s): AES 120.

AES 130. General Military Course Leadership Lab. 0 Hours

Applied Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) training. This lab provides an opportunity for students to apply Air Force procedures, techniques, and knowledge. Students will learn the Air Force organizational structure as well as customs and courtesies. GMC cadets will also develop their followership and teamwork skills in a cadet led, cadre supervised Lab environment. Requires participation in two weekly physical training sessions. Taken concurrently with 100-level AES courses. (Pass/Fail). Prerequisite(s): AES 120.

AES 220. Field Training Preparation (FTP) Leadership Laboratory. 0 Hours

Applied Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) training. This lab further develops skills and concepts introduced in the General Military Course Leadership Laboratory. Students are prepared mentally and physically for the demanding requirements of upcoming Field Training summer program. Training is cadet led where students will display their ability to apply Air Force concepts and procedures. Requires participation in two weekly physical training sessions. Taken concurrently with 200-level AES courses. (Pass/Fail).

AES 221. Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I. 1 Hour

This course features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders; introduction to air and space power through examination of distinctive capabilities and functions; and continued application of communication skills. Its purpose is to instill an appreciation of the development and employment of air and space power and to motivate sophomore students to transition from AFROTC cadet to Air Force ROTC officer candidate. Corequisite(s): AES 220.

AES 222. Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II. 1 Hour

This course is a continuation of AES 221 and features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders; introduction to air and space power through examination of distinctive capabilities and functions; and continued application of communication skills. Its purpose is to instill an appreciation of the development and employment of air and space power and to motivate sophomore students to transition from AFROTC cadet to Air Force ROTC officer candidate. Corequisite(s): AES 220.

AES 230. Field Training Preparation (FTP) Leadership Lab. 0 Hours

Applied Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) training. This lab further develops skills and concepts introduced in the General Military Course Leadership Laboratory. Students are prepared mentally and physically for the demanding requirements of upcoming Field Training summer program. Training is cadet led where students will display their ability to apply Air Force concepts and procedures. Requires participation in two weekly physical training sessions. Taken concurrently with 200-level AES courses. (Pass/Fail). Prerequisite(s): AES 220.

AES 270. Extended GMC Leadership Laboratory I. 0 Hours

Extended GMC Leadership Laboratory – For cadets who have met the requirements of GMC but have not yet completed Field Training.

AES 280. Extended GMC Leadership Lab II. 0 Hours

Extended GMC Leadership Laboratory – For cadets who have met the requirements of GMC but have not yet completed Field Training. Prerequisite(s): AES 270.

AES 322. Air Force Leadership Studies I. 3 Hours

Air Force Leadership Studies.

AES 330. Intermediate Cadet Leadership (ICL) Laboratory: Applied Air Force ROTC Training. 0 Hours

The ICL lab builds the foundation of leadership skills required as an Air Force Officer. Cadets apply leadership/management concepts learned in Field Training and previous aerospace studies classes and labs to assist in training the General Military Course cadets. Requires participation in two weekly physical training sessions. Taken concurrently with 300-level AES courses. (Pass/Fail).

AES 331. United States Air Force Leadership Studies I. 3 Hours

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. Prerequisite(s): AES 330.

AES 332. United States Air Force Leadership Studies II. 3 Hours

Air Force Leadership Studies.

AES 340. Intermediate Cadet Leadership (ICL) Leadership Lab. 0 Hours

The ICL lab builds the foundation of leadership skills required as an Air Force Officer. Cadets apply leadership/management concepts learned in Field Training and previous aerospace studies classes and labs to assist in training the General Military Course cadets. Requires participation in two weekly physical training sessions. Taken concurrently with 300-level AES courses. (Pass/Fail). Prerequisite(s): AES 330.

AES 430. Senior Cadet Leadership (SCL) Laboratory: Applied Air Force ROTC Training. 0 Hours

This lab prepares students for progression into active duty life. As in the Intermediate Cadet Leadership Lab, students take leadership roles in execution of leadership labs for the cadet wing. Students hone leadership fundamentals learned in previous courses and labs to a level commensurate to entry into the active duty Air Force. Requires participation in two weekly physical training sessions. Taken concurrently with 400-level AES courses. (Pass/Fail).

AES 431. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty I. 3 Hours

This course is designed to give college seniors 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. Corequisite(s): AES 430.

AES 432. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty II. 3 Hours

This course is a continuation of AES 431 and is designed to give college seniors 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. Corequisite(s): AES 430.

AES 440. Senior Cadet Leadership (SCL) Applied Air Force Training. 0 Hours

Applied Air Force Training.

AES 470. Extended POC Leadership Laboratory I. 0 Hours

POC Leadership Laboratory – For cadets who have met all requirements for Air Force ROTC but have not yet completed their baccalaureate degree.

AES 480. Extended POC Leadership Lab II. 0 Hours

POC Leadership Laboratory – For cadets who have met all requirements for Air Force ROTC but have not yet completed their baccalaureate degree.