Military Science-Reserve Officer Training Program

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Midway University participates in a formal arrangement with the United States Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) through the Department of Military Science and also with the Department of Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) with the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Through this agreement, students pursuing a bachelor’s degree may participate in ROTC classes.

Aerospace Studies

The Department of Aerospace Studies provides a campus education program through which qualified students can simultaneously earn an Air Force commission and a college degree. Faculty members are experienced, active duty Air Force officers with advanced degrees.

Admission to the Program
  • Non-scholarship freshmen and sophomores may register for Air Force Studies (AFS) courses without incurring a military commitment.
  • Students with a minimum of five semesters of school remaining in a graduate or undergraduate status may qualify for Air Force ROTC. To obtain additional information, call (859) 257-7115.
Requirements

An academic major in Aerospace Studies is not offered. However, by successfully completing the Air Force ROTC program, a qualified student may concurrently earn a commission as an active duty Air Force Second Lieutenant while completing requirements for a degree. Students may enroll in some Aerospace Studies courses without joining the Air Force ROTC cadet corps.  For additional information, call (859) 257-7115.

AFROTC Curriculum

The AFROTC curriculum consists of both academic classes and leadership laboratory or seminar classes.

  • The General Military Course (GMC) is a two-year course normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years.
  • The Professional Officer Course (POC) is a two-year course normally taken during the junior and senior years. Along with academic classes each semester, all cadets also take leadership laboratory classes.

In the GMC, there are four academic classes:

Freshman Semesters
  • AFS 111 offered in Fall semesters
  • AFS 113 offered in Spring semesters
Sophomore Semesters
  • AFS 211 offered in Fall semesters
  • AFS 213 offered in Spring semesters

These cover two main themes – the development of air power and the contemporary Air Force in the context of the U.S. military organization. The GMC academic classes are open to any UK student.

In the POC, there are four academic classes:

Junior Semesters
  • AFS 311 offered in Fall semesters
  • AFS 313 offered in Spring semesters
Senior Semesters
  • AFS 411 offered in Fall semesters
  • AFS 413 offered in Spring semesters

These cover Air Force management and leadership and national security studies.

NOTE: Entry into the POC years is competitive and is based on

  • Air Force Officer Qualifying Test scores
  • Grade-point average
  • Evaluation by the AFROTC Detachment Commander
  • Only physically qualified students in good academic standing may compete for entry into the POC.
  • Typically, these courses are for those cadets who have already completed the courses in the GMC, but the courses are open to any UK students.

Students enrolled as cadets are required to be involved once a week in a 1-credit-hour course in the cadet corps training program designed to simulate a typical Air Force organization and its associated functions. This course is known as Leadership Laboratory.  A cadet (only), UK students taking the courses electively are not required to take Leadership Laboratory but are also welcome, but cadets only are required to take all of the Leadership Laboratories each semester (fall and spring only) concurrent with their AFS courses listed above. If there are questions, please refer to 859-257-7115 for further inquiries on the matter.

GMC Year

The leadership laboratories are largely cadet-planned and conducted under the concept that they provide leadership training experiences that will improve the cadets’ capabilities as Air Force officers. This also involves three hours of physical training each week. Leadership laboratory is open to students who are members of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps or are eligible to pursue a commission as determined by the Air Force ROTC Detachment Commander.

Field Training

Field training is offered at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Students receive officer training and leadership development with other students. Simultaneously, the Air Force has an opportunity to evaluate each student as a potential member of its officer corps. Field training courses include cadet orientation, survival training, officer training, aircraft and aircrew orientation, physical training, organizational and functional aspects of an Air Force base, career orientation, small arms familiarization, first aid, and other supplemental training.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships

The types of financial assistance available through Air Force ROTC are briefly described below. For further details on eligibility and requirements, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies, 203 Barker Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 40506-0028, (859) 257-7115; or visit the Air Force ROTC website for more information. Additional information is also listed in this Bulletin under Aerospace Studies.

In College Scholarship Program (ICSP). Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled as cadets currently in the Air Force ROTC program on a competitive basis. Depending on the particular scholarship program, selection may be made on campus by the Air Force ROTC detachment commander or at Air Force ROTC headquarters. Scholarships may be awarded for up to three and a half years of study. Students interested in these scholarships should call (859) 257-7115 for the latest information. (Freshman Students are not eligible for an ICSP until they have completed one full-time semester of college education. Typically, Freshman ICSP scholarships will be given starting Spring Semester of their freshman year, and students in the program could be award a scholarship from Spring Semester freshman status through Spring Semester sophomore status.

Furthermore, the HQ AFROTC ICSP is an in college scholarship program available to students pursuing a degree in a critical areas needed by the Air Force. These scholarships can be up to three and a half years. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis for those who qualify. ICSP scholarships have historically been awarded to cadets pursuing academic majors in electrical and computer engineering, nursing, and certain foreign language studies. Selections for these particular in college scholarship program are made at Air Force ROTC headquarters. Critical areas are updated every year and are subject to change without notice.  For additional information, contact the Air Force ROTC detachment, 203 Barker Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0028, or by phone at (859) 257-7115.  Information is current as of January 2015 and is subject to change.

Army Officer Commissioning ROTC

Midway University participates in a formal arrangement with the United States Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) through the Department of Military Science and the United States Air Force at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Through this agreement, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing students may participate in ROTC classes (see courses prefixed AMS in the course description section) following a general military sciences curriculum that is normally completed in four years but which may be completed in two. An academic major in military science is not offered. The program’s primary objective is to commission the future leadership of all branches of the active Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard, or the U.S. Air Force. Students interested in Army ROTC may contact the Office of the Registrar or the department of Military Science at the University of Kentucky, 101 Barker Hall, Lexington, Kentucky 40506, (859) 257-6864/(859) 257-6865. The Army Reserve Officers’ Training program at the University of Kentucky is open to men and women and follows a general military science curriculum that is normally completed in four years but which may be completed in two years. An academic major in military science is not offered. The program’s primary objective is to commission the future leadership of the line branches of the active Army, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve. 

Academic Program through Army ROTC

Successful completion of 20 credit hours of military science courses while simultaneously completing undergraduate or graduate degree requirement qualifies a student to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  For complete information concerning the academic program through the Army ROTC, students should contact the Professor of Military Science, ATTN: Admissions Officer, U.S. Army ROTC at (859) 257-6864 at the University of Kentucky, 101 Barker Hall, Lexington, Kentucky 40506; or visit the Army ROTC website.

General Military Sciences Curriculum

Freshman Semesters
  • AMS 101 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 250 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 102 offered in Spring semesters
  • AMS 250 offered in Spring semesters
Sophomore Semesters
  • AMS 211 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 250 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 212 offered in Spring semesters
  • AMS 250 offered in Spring semesters
Junior Semesters
  • AMS 301 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 350 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 302 offered in Spring semesters
  • AMS 350 offered in Spring semesters
Senior Semesters
  • AMS 341 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 350 offered in Fall semesters
  • AMS 342 offered in Spring semesters
  • AMS 350 offered in Spring semesters

Scholarships through Army ROTC

For detailed information concerning Army ROTC scholarships, students may contact the Office of the Registrar or the Department of Military Science Army ROTC Admissions Officer at (859) 257-6864/(859) 257-6865; or the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Kentucky, 101 Barker Hall, Lexington, Kentucky 40506 (859) 257-6864/(859) 257-6865, or visit the Army ROTC website

Last updated: 06/28/2021