Lieutenant Colonel Kary Schramm, Commander
Department Office: Myers Technology Center, room 203
Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/afrotc/
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Indiana State University is offered through the College of Technology and taught by active duty Air Force officers assigned as ROTC faculty. Credits earned in the program can count as elective credit toward any degree program at the University. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to enroll in Air Force ROTC courses; however, entry into the Professional Officer Course (POC) is limited to qualified students who have been selected to pursue an Air Force commission. Students completing the entire program receive a commission and enter the active duty Air Force as a second lieutenant.
FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM. The AFROTC curriculum normally spans four years. The first two years allow non-scholarship individuals to try the program without any obligation, while the last two years are for those who complete field training and wish to pursue a career in the Air Force.
TWO-YEAR PROGRAM. The AFROTC two-year program and the last two years of the four-year program are nearly identical. The only difference is those in the two-year program must complete a six-week field training encampment at a designated Air Force base before entry into the Professional Officer Course.
FIELD TRAINING. Prior to commissioning, normally between a student’s sophomore and junior year, all cadets must attend a field training session at a designated Air Force base. Field training for four-year cadets is four weeks and involves physical conditioning, weapons and survival training, and opportunities for developing skills as a leader and team member. A six-week field training session is required for two-year cadets. The additional two weeks are used for academics normally taught during the first two years of ROTC.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. Scholarships can be earned to pay for tuition, textbooks, and laboratory fees. A tax-free monthly allowance, ranging from $300 to $500 per month, is also provided for the academic year. College students are eligible to apply for the In-College Scholarship Program. Three-year and two-year scholarships are available for students pursuing particular Air Force careers or majoring in certain academic disciplines. Health professions scholarships are also available to qualified students in any academic major who intend to go on to medical school. Nursing scholarships are available to qualified students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students attending the summer field training program and the optional summer professional development training program are paid living and travel expenses. Uniforms and books for Air Force ROTC classes are furnished at no charge to the students. Air Force ROTC is not charged to the students’ tuition.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. Arnold Air Society is a professional, honorary, service organization composed of cadets in the Air Force ROTC Program. Cadets are selected for membership based on personal merit and academic achievement. The goal of this organization is to enhance the Air Force ROTC programs and to project the image of the United States Air Force on the university campus and in the surrounding community. Silver Wings is a co-ed organization primarily composed of University students who are not cadets (although cadets can join). Membership is open to the entire University population and is based on personal merit. Silver Wings is a national, professional organization dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable, and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense.
EDUCATIONAL DELAY. Cadets may request to postpone entering active duty until completion of an advanced degree or professional school. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
CAREER INFORMATION. Graduates of Air Force ROTC enter the active duty Air Force as second lieutenants. They may pursue careers in technical or non-technical specialties, or as pilots, navigators, nurses, lawyers, and doctors.