Steve Duncan, Director, Spilman 214
Students may obtain consent of the chairperson of the Department of Aerospace Studies prior to enrolling in an aerospace studies course if prerequisites for the course have not been met.
Reserve Officer Training ProgramsIn 1948, the Board of Trustees of East Carolina University entered into an agreement with the Department of the Air Force to establish and maintain a US Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.
The Department of Aerospace Studies is an integral academic subdivision of East Carolina University and includes all US Air Force ROTC activities conducted at the institution as stipulated in the contract with the US Air Force. The purpose of the Department of Aerospace Studies is to prepare students, through a permanent program of instruction, to serve as commissioned officers in the US Air Force.
Aerospace Studies students have unique opportunities to participate in optional special activities including: Introductory Flight Training, Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings, Color Guard, Base Visits, and paintball and other morale activities. There are also a wide variety of optional professional development training programs available including: Operation Air Force; Pentagon Internship; Nurse Orientation; Army Airborne Training; Field Engineering and Research Lab; Combat Survival Training; Foreign Language Immersion; Medical Orientation; and Air Force Academy Freeball and Soaring.
Air Force ROTC is an educational opportunity designed to prepare men and women to become Air Force officers while completing an undergraduate, graduate, or other professional degree program. Air Force ROTC is designed to prepare students to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force. There are two primary routes to an Air Force ROTC commission - three- and four-year programs. Please contact the Department of Aerospace Studies to learn more about limited opportunities to compete in a one- or two-year program.
Upon successful completion of their respective program and graduation, cadets will be commissioned second lieutenants in the US Air Force. The United States Air Force offers a wide variety of challenging professional opportunities. Just a few include: Pilot, Navigator, Maintenance, Missile Operations, Missile Maintenance, Research Engineering, Mathematics, Nuclear Physics, Computer Operations and Development, Law, Health Services, Physician, Nursing, and Management including Personnel, Intelligence, Communications and Electronics, Supply, Transportation, Finance, Security Forces, Information, Education, Munitions, Air Traffic Control and many, many more.
Students with prior military service or nursing, chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, mathematics candidates are highly encouraged to apply and ask about scholarship opportunities.
How to Apply for AFROTC
QualificationsA student must meet the following requirements before he or she can enroll in the Air Force ROTC:
General Military Course (GMC): Freshman, Sophomores, and Graduate Students with at least three semesters remaining.
Professional Officer Course (POC): Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students with at least two semesters remaining.
AFROTC College Scholarship ProgramScholarships are available to students on a competitive basis and are awarded based on academic performance, SAT/ACT scores, physical fitness test, medical exam, a personal interview, and Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores. Scholarships pay for college tuition, books, lab fees, plus a monthly allowance. Many different types are available. Many scholarships are available in majors identified as critical by the US Air Force (typically in computer science, mathematics, and physics). Students interested in these scholarships should contact the Department of Aerospace Studies, 310 Wright Annex, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353. High school students should contact their guidance counselor for information and application forms or apply directly to HQ AFROTC/RRUC via www.afrotc.com. High school applications should be made prior to December 1 of the high school senior year.
Academic Status of Courses in Aerospace StudiesGeneral Military Course (GMC). This program is primarily for cadets enrolled in the four-year program. There is no military obligation to students enrolled in the GMC who are not on scholarship. It requires four semesters for completion, for which 8 s.h. of credit will be allowed. AERO credits may be applied toward other degree requirements in the following manner, provided individual certification requirements are met.
Students may substitute all AERO semester hours earned for free electives.
Professional Officer Course (POC). This program is primarily for cadets who have met all qualifications. It requires four semesters for completion, for which 16 s.h. are allowed. Credits earned in this portion of the AERO curriculum may be applied toward other degree requirements as follows:
Cognate Minor for Professional Officer CourseThe cognate minor for professional officer course requires 28 s.h. of credit as follows:
Professional Officer Course (POC)Consent of department chair is a prerequisite for all courses in the POC numbered above 2999.
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps ProgramThe Dept. of Military Science is an integral academic subdivision of the Office of Military Programs and offers unique instruction designed to apply the principles of leadership. Students are challenged early in their ROTC training to develop sound judgment, accept responsibility, learn basic leadership principles, and gain self-confidence.
The mission of the Department of Military Science is to train college men and women to become commissioned officers in the US Army, Army National Guard, and/or US Army Reserve. The US Army ROTC program consists of a two-year basic course (freshman and sophomore level) and a two-year advanced course (junior and senior level), which includes a 32-day summer camp prior to the final year. Service veterans are eligible for placement into the advanced course if they are classified as academic juniors. The basic course has no military obligation or commitment.
Upon successful completion of the ROTC program and graduation from college, the cadet will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and may serve on active duty or in either the US Army National Guard or the US Army Reserve. The university recognizes outstanding US Army ROTC students as Distinguished Military Graduates.
Required uniforms and military science texts for the Basic Course are provided by the federal government at no cost to the student. Elective credit is received for all courses. During the last two academic years of the program, cadets will receive $350-500 per month.
EligibilityAll university students may enroll in the military science basic course without an obligation to the US Army. To be eligible for participation in the advanced course, an applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student at East Carolina University; be in good academic standing with the university; be physically qualified; must have satisfactorily completed the basic course or an equivalent; and must have a minimum of two years remaining as a full-time student at either the undergraduate or graduate level. In addition, applicants must be commissioned by their thirty-eighth birthday.
How to Apply for Army ROTCStudents applying for the four-year program must register for military science and leadership courses in the same manner and at the same time as they register for other university courses. The courses are listed under Military Science (MLSC) in the course listing section of this catalog.
Students interested in applying for the two-year program must contact a US Army ROTC representative in 203 Christenbury Gym. The student must have at least two academic years of study remaining at the undergraduate or graduate level. Exceptions may be made.
Army ROTC College Scholarship ProgramThe Department of Military Science offers three- and two-year college scholarships for students enrolled at East Carolina University. Scholarships include laboratory expenses, incidental fees, and $600 per semester for books and supplies. Students also receive stipend payments of $350-500 a month in nontaxable pay during each annual period of the scholarships. To apply for a three- or two-year US Army ROTC scholarship, a student should contact the ECU US Army ROTC scholarship officer in 200A Christenbury Gym; telephone 252-328-4180. Four-year scholarships are available to incoming freshmen who apply during high school and who meet requirements.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)SMP allows students to be members of the US Army National Guard or the US Army Reserve and US Army ROTC at the same time. Students enlisted in the US Army National Guard and US Army Reserve may take advantage of this program and enroll directly into the advanced course. Advanced ROTC SMP students receive full in-state tuition and are paid approximately $265 per month for one weekend of Army Reserve or National Guard training, plus $4,050 - 4,500 a year subsistence allowance from the ROTC advanced course. In addition, they receive $4,515 per year tuition assistance from the North Carolina National Guard. They serve as officer trainees in their guard or reserve units under the close supervision of a commissioned officer.
Professional Military Education (PME) RequirementsThe professional education component, required for a commission, comprises a baccalaureate degree and one of the below listed military history courses.
Minor in Military ScienceThe minor in military science requires 28 s.h. of credit as follows: