Bryn Mawr students are eligible to participate in the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFROTC) through an agreement with St. Joseph's University. All aerospace studies courses are held on the St. Joseph's campus. The AFROTC program enables a college student to earn a commission as an Air Force officer while concurrently satisfying requirements for her baccalaureate degree.
The AFROTC program at St. Joseph's University offers a curriculum leading to a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. In the standard four-year curriculum, a student takes the General Military Course (GMC) during the freshman and sophomore years, attends a four-week summer training program, and then takes the Professional Officer Course (POC) in the junior and senior years. However, cadets may begin the program with as little as two and a half years left before graduation. In the shortened curriculum, students will take a combination of aerospace studies courses depending on their class standing. They then attend a five-week summer training program and enter the POC. A student is under no contractual obligation to the Air Force until entering the POC or accepting an Air Force scholarship.
The subject matter of the first two years is developed from a historical perspective and focuses on the scope, structure, and history of military power, with an emphasis on the development of air power. During the last two years, the curriculum concentrates on the concepts and practices of leadership and management and the role of national security forces in contemporary American society. In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each student participates in a leadership laboratory for two hours each week during which the day-to-day skills and working environment of the Air Force are explored. The leadership lab uses a student organization designed for the practice of leadership and management techniques.
Air Force ROTC offers 3- and 4-year scholarships on a competitive basis to qualified high school applicants. 2- to 3.5-year scholarships are available for college students participating as Air Force ROTC cadets. Scholarships pay all or a majority of tuition costs (depending on the scholarship type awarded), most fees, an annual textbook allotment, and a $300-500 tax-free monthly stipend. Interested applicants should visit www.afrotc.com for more information and to apply on-line for a scholarship.
For further information on the AFROTC program, scholarships, and career opportunities, contact:
Unit Admissions Officer
AFROTC Detachment 750
Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA 19131