2017-18 Catalog

Academic Opportunities

Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFROTC)

The Department of Aerospace Studies offered through Detachment 750 at Saint Joseph’s University offers college students a one-to-four year curriculum leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF). In the four-year option, a student (cadet) takes General Military Course (GMC) classes during their freshmen and sophomore years, attends a 3-week summer training program between their sophomore and junior years, and then takes Professional Officer Course (POC) classes during their junior and senior years.

Cadets in the three-year option will be dual-enrolled in both GMC classes during their sophomore year, attend a summer training program, and take POC classes during their junior and senior years.  Those who begin the program as juniors enroll in the two-year curriculum and attend a four-week summer training program following the spring semester of the junior year.  Entering seniors will be in the one-year curriculum and take the remaining half of POC courses followed by a four-week summer training program.  A cadet is under no contractual obligation with the USAF until entering the POC or accepting an AFROTC scholarship. 

The GMC curriculum focuses on the scope, structure, organization, and history of the USAF with an emphasis on the development of airpower and its relationship to current events. The POC curriculum concentrates on the concepts and practices of leadership and management, and the role of national security forces in American society.

In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each cadet participates in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory and physical training each week. Leadership Laboratory utilizes the cadet organization designed for the practice of leadership and management techniques.

Further information on the AFROTC program at Saint Joseph’s University can be found at sites.sju.edu/afrotc, or students can contact detachment personnel directly at: Unit Admissions Officer, AFROTC Detachment 750, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA 19131; Phone: 610-660-3190; Email: rotc@sju.edu.