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Military Programs


Steve Duncan, Director, Spilman 207

Department of Aerospace Studies (US Air Force ROTC)

Lt. Col. Serena Armstrong, Professor of Aerospace Studies

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 Programs

In 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

  1. Students applying for the three- and four-year programs register for Air Force ROTC in the same manner and at the same time they register for other university courses.
  2. Students interested in applying for other programs must contact the chairperson of the Department of Aerospace Studies. Generally, the student must have two academic years of study remaining after completion of the four week field training course, either at the undergraduate or graduate level or a combination of the two.

Qualifications

A 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.

  1. Be enrolled as a full-time student at East Carolina University or be classified as a visiting student by the registrar.
  2. Be a citizen of the United States.
  3. Be at least fourteen years old.
  4. Have no obvious disqualifying medical defects.
  5. Inform the chairperson of the Department of Aerospace Studies if he or she is a former serviceman or servicewoman or has received previous military schooling (e.g., high school ROTC). The student may not be required to complete the entire general military course.
  6. AFROTC physical fitness requirements must be met before attending field training.
The General Military Course (GMC) represents the first half of the program and it is taken during the Freshman and/or Sophomore (or graduate equivalent) year(s). This program allows students to participate in Air Force ROTC for up to two years with no commitment unless on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. As a GMC cadet, students will learn more about the Air Force and the historical development of airpower. The last half, called the Professional Officer Course is competitive and is taken during the Junior and Senior (or graduate equivalent) years. These courses cover leadership skills and national defense policy.

Professional Officer Course (POC): Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students with at least two semesters remaining.

  1. Complete the Air Force ROTC general military course during the freshman and sophomore years of college.
  2. Successfully complete the Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT).
  3. Meet the medical requirements for a commission.
  4. Be selected upon the basis of all test scores and GPA by a selection board at ROTC headquarters, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
  5. Successfully complete a four-week field training course at a US Air Force base (may be postponed under certain conditions).
  6. Have approval from the chairperson of the Department of Aerospace Studies.
  7. Be in good academic standing with the university.
  8. Meet AFROTC physical fitness requirements.
The Professional Officer Course (POC) is highly competitive so students are encouraged to apply early. The leadership and national defense policy courses are the same as those offered the last of the three- and four-year programs.

AFROTC College Scholarship Program

Scholarships 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 Studies

General 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:

  1. Students may substitute all AERO credits earned for free electives.
  2. After AERO credits have been substituted for a minimum of one-half of the total number of free electives available to a student, he or she may substitute remaining credits for specific courses in his or her field of study upon approval of his or her advisor.
  3. AERO courses may help satisfy the full-time student status requirements of the Veterans Administration (VA) for GI Bill Educational Benefits.

Cognate Minor for Professional Officer Course

The cognate minor for professional officer course requires 28 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Required 3000- and 4000-level AERO courses, professional officer course (not including laboratories) 12 s.h.
  2. Cognates (Choose a minimum of one from at least six of the following seven areas. The chairperson of the Department of Aerospace Studies may approve other courses from these areas.) 16 s.h.
    1. COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
      COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    2. CSCI 2600. Introduction to Digital Computation (3) (P: MATH 1065 or 1066)
      MIS 2223. Introduction to Computers (3) (F,S,SS)
    3. ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
      PSYC 3241. Personnel and Industrial Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    4. ENGL 3810. Advanced Composition (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
      ENGL 3880. Writing for Business and Industry (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
      ITEC 3290. Technical Writing (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    5. GEOG 3003. Political Geography (3) (WI) (S) (FC:SO)
      GEOG 3047. Western Europe (3) (S)
    6. HIST 3121. American Military History to 1900 (3) (FC:SO)
      HIST 3122. American Military History Since 1900 (3) (FC:SO)
      HIST 5470. History of Soviet Russia Since 1917 (3)
    7. POLS 3144. American Foreign Policy (3) (S) (RP: POLS 2020)
      POLS 3253. Government Fiscal Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 1010)
      POLS 3293. International Organizations (3)
      POLS 4380. Topics in International Politics (3) (F) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)

Professional Officer Course (POC)

Consent of department chair is a prerequisite for all courses in the POC numbered above 2999.

Department of Military Science (US Army ROTC)

LTC Dan Heape, Professor of Military Science, 204 Christenbury Gym
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Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program

The Department 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 leadership development and assessment course at Fort Lewis, Washington 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.

Eligibility

All 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 ROTC

Students 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 Program

The 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) Requirements

The professional education component, required for a commission, comprises a baccalaureate degree and one of the below listed military history courses.

Military History:
HIST 3121. American Military History to 1900 (3) (F)
HIST 3122. American Military History Since 1900 (3) (S)

Minor in Military Science

The minor in military science requires 28 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Required courses in military science at the 3000 and 4000 levels, advanced courses 16 s.h.
  2. Cognates (Choose from the areas listed below. The chairperson of the Department of Military Science may approve other courses for the areas.) 12 s.h.
  3. Choose one from each of the following areas:
    Human Behavior:
    ANTH 1000. Introduction to Anthropology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PHIL 1175. Introduction to Ethics (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU)
    PSYC 3221. Social Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3241. Personnel and Industrial Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    Military History:
    HIST 3122. American Military History Since 1900 (3) (FC:SO) or HIST 3121. American Military History to 1900 (3) (FC:SO)
    Written Communication Skills:
    ENGL 3810. Advanced Composition (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3880. Writing for Business and Industry (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ITEC 3290. Technical Writing (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
  4. Choose one from either area:
    Management:
    ACCT 2401. Financial Accounting (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065 or 1066 or 2119 or 2121 or 2171)
    OMGT 3223. Business Decision Modeling (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Minimum grade of C in MIS 2223, MATH 1066, or 2119 or 2121 or 2171, 2283)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 2283. Statistics for Business (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065 or 1066 or equivalent)
    MGMT 3202. Fundamentals of Management (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ECON 2113)
    National Security Studies:
    POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3253. Government Fiscal Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 1010)
    POLS 4380. Topics in International Politics (3) (F) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)