The AFROTC is a nationwide college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares students to become an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously earning a college degree.
AFROTC is made available to students at the University of West Alabama (UWA) by a Cross-town Agreement between AFROTC, the host university — the University of Alabama (UA) and UWA. This agreement allows students at UWA to enroll and participate in the AFROTC program at UA and pursue their degrees at UWA.
AFROTC is divided into two courses, General Military Course and Professional Officer Course. To complete the program, a student must complete all four years. A student may qualify for a waiver of one year if they have completed AF Junior ROTC or has previous military experience. The program consists of Air Force Studies classes and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness and practice military customs and courtesies. In addition, students will compete for an enrollment allocation in their second year of the program to attend a summer field training and be allowed to progress to the Professional Officer Course.
- General Military Course
- AF Studies 100 level — Foundations of the USAF & Leadership Laboratory
- AF Studies 200 level — Evolution of USAF and Space Power & Leadership Laboratory
- Professional Officer Course
- AF Studies 300 level — Air Force Leadership Studies & Leadership Laboratory
- AF Studies 400 level — National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty & Leadership Laboratory
- Member of Honor Color Guard (present the U.S. Flag during sporting events or other university activities)
- Member of Sabre Drill Team (participate in parades or other drill and ceremony events)
- Visits to Air Force Bases
- Participate in annual sports competitions with other AFROTC detachments
- Exciting summer professional development training opportunities
- Compete for scholarships, like Project Global Officer (GO) which is a DOD-sponsored language scholarship program, career field scholarships, In College Scholarships, etc.
Upon successfully completing college and the AFROTC program, the student/cadets are commissioned as an Air Force Second Lieutenant on active duty. Job placement is 100%. Career field choices range from logistics, personnel, lawyers, doctors, engineers, nurses, special investigators, cyberspace operations, pilots, weather, navigators, acquisition, maintenance and finance to special duty jobs like recruiting, instructors, training, and historians. Some career fields require specific degrees in order to be placed in that area.