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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aerospace Studies (AFROTC)


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Program Requirements


Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is designed to “develop quality leaders for the Air Force.” Students can earn a minor in Aerospace Studies and a commission as Second Lieutenants while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Clemson’s program has won numerous local and national awards for excellence. The program includes courses in foundations of the Air Force, air power history, leadership and management, and national security affairs. In addition to courses, students participate in a weekly leadership laboratory. “Lead Lab” provides students a training environment to practice leadership principles in a cadet-led Air Force wing. Throughout the program, cadets hone their communication skills through various leadership positions, briefings, and papers. The first year of the program, Foundations of the United States Air Force, introduces students to the Air Force and AFROTC. It provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force. The second year, The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power, features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders; and introduces air and space power through examination of distinct capabilities and functions. The third year, Air Force Leadership Studies, teaches cadets advanced skills and knowledge in management and leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing leadership skills. Cadets have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors. The fourth year, National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty, is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. Seniors are also prepared to enter active duty as they transition from student to Air Force Officer. For additional information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies.

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