The instruction consists of a General Military Course (freshmen and sophomores) and a Professional Officer Course (juniors and seniors) of four semesters each. Subjects and credits appear under course descriptions (ROTC) in this bulletin. Students have an opportunity to visit Air Force bases throughout the school year and summer months, where they may receive instruction on parachuting, flying gliders, and other Air Force-related activities.
Completion of eight semesters and one four-week summer training period confers eligibility for a commission in the Air Force Reserve and assignment to active duty in the USAF with the rank of second lieutenant. For students graduating in fewer than four years, there is also a two-year program in which a six-week summer training period replaces both the General Military Course and the normal four-week summer training period. Those students not participating in the four-year program but who will have four or more full academic semesters available, either undergraduate or graduate, after completion of the six-week summer training period are eligible for this two-year program, which leads to an Air Force commission.
Registering for Courses
Air Force ROTC students attending Penn State Altoona should visit the Air Force ROTC website for instructions on registering for AFROTC courses.
Air Force ROTC Administrative Assistant
109 Wagner Building
University Park, PA 16802
AFROTC commissions Penn State graduates as Second Lieutenants for every AF officer career field in every part of the world.
- Aircraft: pilot, navigator, maintenance
- Space and Missiles: operations, maintenance, ground support
- Intelligence: Office of Special Investigations, Foreign Area Officer
- Engineering: research, development or technical management in virtually all fields of engineering
- Scientific: mathematics, nuclear physics, meteorology
- Computer Science: cyberwarfare operations, development, programming systems analysis
- Management: personnel, intelligence, communications and electronics, public relations, logistics, finance, security forces, information, munitions, air traffic control
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
All students graduating on or before September 30, 2023 and interested in participating in the program are welcome to apply. In order to join, you must have six semesters* as a full-time student remaining before you graduate (bachelors or graduate work), a 2.0 cumulative GPA, passing fitness and medical standards, and good character. Graduating before that date or already have your bachelor’s degree? You can begin your masters while you train with Air Force ROTC. After entering active duty, you can earn Tuition Assistance to aid in the completion of your master’s degree.
Summer semesters do not count.