Colonel David C. Smith, U.S. Air Force, Professor and Chair
334 Cate Center Dr.
Cate 4, 4th Floor
Norman, OK 73072-1041
Phone: (405) 325-3211
FAX: (405) 325-1776
For over 60 years, some of the best and brightest from the University of Oklahoma (OU) Detachment 675 have served their country as pilots, navigators, engineers, doctors, nurses, mathematicians, communications officer, acquisition managers, language specialists and a host of other occupations. Today, that tradition continues for the cadets at the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) Detachment 675 on the Norman campus.
Air Force ROTC offers men and women the opportunity to earn a commission as an Air Force officer while they complete requirements for their first bachelor’s degree. Interested students may join Air Force ROTC during any semester in their first year of college and during the Fall of their second years of college without any obligation or commitment. OU students completing the entire program will also earn a minor in Aerospace studies.
Air Force ROTC is the largest and oldest source of commissioned officers for the U.S. Air Force. Air Force ROTC's stated mission is to “develop premier leaders of character for tomorrow’s Air Force.” Air Force ROTC units are located on 140 college and university campuses with 1,000 additional institutions of higher learning participating in cross-town agreements that allow their students to attend Air Force ROTC classes at a nearby "host" college or university.
Anyone interested in a challenging and rewarding opportunities to study and work with some of our nation’s best women and men should contact the Recruiting Officer at email@example.com or call us at (405) 325-3211 or visit our web page.
COMMISSIONING REQUIREMENTS THROUGH AIR FORCE ROTC
All requirements must be met for a degree according to the University of Oklahoma, as well as completion of certain courses required by the Air Force.
AIR FORCE ROTC BENEFITS
Air Force ROTC can help students with the high cost of earning a college degree. The Air Force also offers a competitive benefits package as compared to other career opportunities upon completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. In addition to these benefits, participants appreciate the team spirit that comes with being a member of Air Force ROTC, and enjoy social and extracurricular activities.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OR GRADUATES
Competitive scholarships are available to high school seniors and high school graduates not enrolled full-time in college. Although the Air Force needs engineering, mathematics, computer science, meteorology, physics, foreign language and nursing majors, many scholarships are also available to those in non-technical degree programs including foreign languages. Students must apply for scholarships online.
Air Force ROTC awards partial and full tuition scholarships available for qualified applicants. For more information and an on-line application visit the Air Force ROTC website. Along with tuition money, scholarship recipients receive a textbook allowance each semester and a monthly living expenses stipend during the academic year.
Foreign Language Flagship Scholarships
The Air Force is currently offering scholarships to Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students under the Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program to meet the needs of the Air Force based on the Air Force Strategic Language List. The University of Oklahoma has been identified as one of only four Flagship degree granting authorities in Arabic.
OU students who complete the entire program will earn an Aerospace Studies Minor.
AERO 1011. The Foundation of the US Air Force.1 Credit Hour.
Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in AERO 1300. A study of the doctrine, mission and organization of the United States Air Force. Emphasis is placed on the purpose of strategic offensive and defensive forces and their inherent relationship to the function and employment of aerospace power. (F)
AERO 1021. The Air Force Today.1 Credit Hour.
Prerequisite: departmental permission; concurrent enrollment in 1300. A study of aerospace defense, missile defense, general purpose forces and aerospace support forces. The mission, resources and operation of tactical air forces, with special attention to limited war; and a review of Army, Navy and Marine general purpose forces. (Sp)
AERO 1300. Leadership Laboratory.0 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in AERO 1011, 1021, 2011, 2021, 3013, 3023, 4013 or 4023 or permission. Designed to introduce the student to the customs and courtesies associated with the Air Force. Also provides a practicum for the initial development of leadership and command abilities. (F, Sp)
AERO 2011. The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I.1 Credit Hour.
Corequisite: 1300. The development of air power to include the technological advanced which made military aviation possible. American attitudes toward aviation, evolution of pursuit, reconnaissance, bombardment and ground support tactics, the interwar years (1919-1939), air power during World War II, the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, the development of an independent Air Force, and the Air Force build-up/force modernization of the 1950s. (F)
AERO 2021. The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II.1 Credit Hour.
Corequisite: 1300. A study of the development of airpower in the post-World War II period. Special emphasis is placed upon airpower and Cold War strategies, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Airpower in southeast Asia, the 1970's a decade of change, the 1980's force modernization, the changing balance and role of airpower relative to today's major military powers. An introductory study of leadership, team building, and problem solving. (Sp)
AERO 3013. Air Force Leadership and Management 1.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: departmental permission. An introductory study of the basic concepts and practices of management in the military, private and public sectors. Emphasis is placed upon the principles of organizational communications and the development of oral and written communicative skills. Case studies are used to integrate and extend these principles to actual situations. Concurrent enrollment in AERO 1300 is required. (F)
AERO 3023. Air Force Leadership and Management 2.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: AERO 3013 or permission. The study of the fundamentals, traits and techniques of leadership. Included are such topics as job design, motivation, group dynamics, decision making and organizational change. Continued emphasis on the development of communicative skills. Case problems are utilized to relate subject material to managerial principles. Concurrent enrollment in AERO 1300 is required. (Sp)
AERO 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.
0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)
AERO 4013. American National Security I.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 3023 or departmental permission. Conceptual study of the U.S. national security policy examining the formulation, organization and implementation of national security; the context of national security; the evolution of strategy; and the management of conflict. Included is a block of instruction on the military justice system. Concurrent enrollment in 4100 is required. (F)
AERO 4023. American National Security II.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 4013 or departmental permission. Examines U.S. national security policy in the international setting; arms control and peacekeeping efforts; and civil-military interaction. Includes a study of the military profession and officership. Designed to provide future Air Force officers with a background in the profession and U.S. national security policy so that they can function effectively in today's Air Force. Concurrent enrollment in 4100 is required. (Sp)