College of Education and Professional Studies
Peterson Hall, room 203
See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Colonel John E. Armour, Jr., MA, human relations; and MA, military operational art and science
Major Matthew G. Wilson, MA, instrumental conducting
Captain Thomas T. vonAhlefeld, BS, Criminology
Staff Sergeant Jeremy S. McLane, non-commissioned officer-in-charge, personnel
Staff Sergeant Jerome A. Yates, non-commissioned officer-in-charge, knowledge operations management
Kendra L. Sterkel, program coordinator
The United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), represented at CWU by Detachment 895, develops leaders in preparation to be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Upon completing a baccalaureate/master’s degree and all officer qualifications, graduates are commissioned and enter active duty. The program is designed to work with your other academic courses and is taught by active duty officer/professors. The Air Force is seeking qualified candidates from under-represented groups including women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native American/Alaskan Natives.
The program is designed to educate students about aerospace studies, with a leadership lab to provide a unique opportunity to practice leadership skills. The Aerospace Studies courses cover an introduction to the Air Force, history, leadership, and regional studies/preparation for active duty. Between sophomore and junior year, students attend a four-week field-training encampment, where they are introduced to an intensive training environment designed to teach critical teamwork, leadership, and fellowship skills. Each year there is also an opportunity to visit an Air Force base to see the environment and meet members of the Air Force. All textbooks, materials, and uniforms are provided.
Students from any academic major degree program with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA are eligible. Enrollment in the freshman and sophomore classes creates no obligation to the Air Force. A contractual agreement is required after the sophomore year to continue in the ROTC program. Students are eligible to compete for an enrollment allocation into the POC only after successfully passing a medical examination, physical fitness test and having an excellent SAT, ACT or AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test) score.
Students transferring from other institutions who are interested in pursuing a commission in the Air Force should contact the Unit Admissions Officer prior to their fall quarter, if possible.
AFROTC competitive merit scholarships are available and awarded to both non-technical and technical majors. A scholarship will normally cover tuition, fees, and books. Those who have never been a full-time college student may apply for a four-year AFROTC scholarship at www.afrotc.com by December 1 (the year prior to attending college). College freshmen and sophomores may compete for three-year and two-year scholarships. All contracted cadets in good standing receive a monthly stipend, separate from any scholarships.
Special Training Opportunities
There are a variety of summer programs available to enhance a student’s knowledge of the Air Force. Opportunities such as base visits, flying, parachuting, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, engineering, space orientation, as well as trips to other countries to enhance cultural awareness or language immersion. All travel and meals are provided.
• Aerospace Studies Minor