The Aerospace Studies Program

Central Methodist University has a cooperative arrangement with the U.S. Air Force which allows students to en-roll in Air Force ROTC courses offered at the University of Missouri-Columbia, while attending CMU on a full-time basis. This program allows students to qualify for a commission as a second lieutenant by the end of their Senior year. Classroom instruction is provided one day a week in conjunction with the leadership lab at the University of Missouri. Students are expected to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 to remain in the Air Force ROTC program. Various three-year and two-year scholarships are available for CMU students.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) offers a number of opportunities for CMU students who wish to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force. Job availability on completion of a degree includes pilot, navigator, security forces, intelligence officer, non-rated operations, and technical and non-technical positions of responsibility. Opportunities in the Air Force also are excellent for students in health related and legal professions. Jobs are available in over 30 non-technical career fields requiring backgrounds in personnel management, business, accounting, political science, criminal justice, as well as numerous other academic majors.

To enroll in the General Military Course (GMC), or Basic Course, students in the four-year program must register for Aerospace AS 110 (fall) or 120 (spring): The Foundation of the United States Air Force (2). Students in the three-year program may enroll concurrently in the Freshman and Sophomore classes, Aerospace Studies 110/120 and 210/220: The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power (2).

Students usually attend summer field training prior to their Junior year, before elevation into the Professional Officer Course (POC). Entrance into the POC, which is the last two years of AFROTC studies, is based on an extensive evaluation and selection process during the student's Sophomore year. Non-scholarship students are not obligated to military service until their Junior year.

Members of the POC receive an allowance of $450-$500 per month regardless of scholarship status. Cadets who complete the POC in good standing and earn degrees are commissioned as second lieutenants and serve on active duty for four or more years depending on their selected Air Force career.

Upon graduation and commissioning as an officer in the Air Force, students fulfill their military obligation by agreeing to retain their commission for four years active duty. Pilots incur a ten-year active duty commitment after completing undergraduate pilot training. Navigators incur an eight-year active duty commitment after completion of undergraduate navigator training.

For more information, contact Detachment 440, University of Missouri, at 573-882-7621.