Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
1460 Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7734
Lt Col J. Bosque (Director)
Capt. K. Dembia
Capt. M. Hirayama
MSgt S. Phillips
TSgt. T. Lewis
Aerospace Studies is part of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. Through this program, full-time students pursue a commission in the U.S. Air Force. Once commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, graduates of the Air Force ROTC program serve on active duty for a specified period of time.
The Academic Program
The Aerospace Studies department offers 3- and 4-year programs to students. Course content includes: Foundations of the U.S. Air Force, Evolution of Airpower, Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs. All lower division courses are approximately one credit hour. Upper division courses are three credit hours.
An integral part of the Air Force ROTC commissioning program is Leadership Laboratory and Physical Training. Cadets are required to attend both functions and must meet all attendance and academic requirements in order to remain in good standing within the program.
In addition to the academic program, Air Force ROTC offers a wide array of optional activities to enhance students’ leadership skills.
Highly qualified freshmen and sophomores can compete nationally for the In-College Scholarship Program. Express Scholarships may be available to students pursuing degrees the Air Force deems “critical” (Computer/Electrical/Environmental Engineering, Foreign Languages, and Nursing). Scholarships cover tuition and most fees, $900 annually for textbooks, and include a monthly stipend ($300-$500). Four-year scholarships are available for eligible High School Seniors. These applications are due via afrotc.com by December 1.
Military Science Army (ROTC)
LTC D. A. Gregory
MAJ R. O’Donnell
MAJ A. Akers
MAJ D. Balsis
MSG C. Wessling
CPT S. Crockett
CPT D. Frye
SFC J. Colwell
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program provides full-time college students the opportunity to pursue a commission in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or the Hawai‘i Army National Guard. Officers may be commissioned on active duty, in a reserve component while pursuing a civilian career, or receive an education delay to earn a graduate or professional degree. There are 4-year, 3-year, and 2-year scholarships available.
The Academic Program
The 4-year program is divided into a 2-year basic and 2-year advanced course. The basic course is for students who enter ROTC in their freshman year. With approval, students may enter ROTC in their sophomore year and compress the basic course requirements. This traditional program offers a moderately paced course of military and academic training resulting in completion of ROTC and eligibility for a commission on graduation day. All basic courses are electives, and no obligations are incurred. The advanced course includes a 5-week summer camp between the junior and senior years held at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Pay for the advanced course is $450-500 per month during the school year and approximately $900 plus free room and board for the 5 weeks at camp. To be eligible for the advanced course, a student must (a) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, (b) successfully complete the basic course or its equivalent, and (c) meet other statutory and regulatory requirements.
The 2-year advanced program can be taken without the basic course by students who attend and complete a 4-week summer camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for which the student receives approximately $600. Likewise, veterans of all services, 4-year JROTC graduates, and national guardsmen and reservists may be exempt from the basic course. Should an individual qualify, select, and complete this option, he or she is eligible to receive a commission upon graduation. Students must have 4 semesters of college work remaining after finishing the basic summer camp (or qualifying for the exemptions). Advanced course students must have completed 60 credits and be full-time students.
In addition to the courses summarized in the course descriptions, cadets will be required to meet professional military education requirements prior to graduation and commissioning. This requirement consists of one course in military history.
Army Reserve/Army National Guard Membership
The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows cadets to participate in and receive drill pay from an Army Reserve or Hawai‘i National Guard unit as an officer trainee while they complete the Army ROTC advanced course. The pay the cadets receive is in addition to the monthly ROTC spending allowance and any GI Bill educational benefits to which they are entitled.
There are 4-, 3-, and 2-year scholarships available. All Army ROTC scholarships are merit based and cover the full tuition and fees. In addition, scholarships provide $1,200 per year for books and an additional $300-$500 per month spending allowance. 4-year applications are due by January 10 of the high school senior year. 3-year and 2-year scholarships are earned on campus by enrolling in the basic course.
For general information about the Army ROTC program or specifics on eligibility requirements, contact the Enrollment Officer in the Military Science Building at 1311 Lower Campus Road or call the Army ROTC program at (808) 956- 7766/7744.