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About Detachment 320
Detachment 320 serves a total of eight universities including Xavier University, Delgado Community College, Dillard University, the University of New Orleans, Our Lady of the Holy Cross College, Loyola University, Louisiana State University Nursing School, and Tulane University. It is located on the Tulane University Square at 200 Broadway, New Orleans, Louisiana.
AS100 – The Foundations of the United States Air Force
Description: AS100 is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and encourage participation in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include: overview of ROTC, special programs offered through ROTC, mission and organization of the Air Force, brief history of the Air Force, introduction to leadership and leadership related issues, Air Force Core Values, Air Force officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication studies. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.
AS200 – The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power
Description: A course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power from a historical perspective. The course covers the period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age systems of the Global War on Terror. Historical examples are provided to show the development of Air Force distinctive capabilities (previously referred to as core competencies), and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension, e.g., principles of war and tenets of air and space power. As a whole, this course provides the students with a knowledge-level understanding for the general employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective. In addition, what the students learned about the Air Force Core Values in AS100 will be reinforced through the use of operational examples, and they will complete several writing and briefing assignments to meet Air Force communication skills requirements.
AS 300 – Air Force Leadership Studies
Description: AS 300 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles of this course.
AS 400 – National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty
Description: AS 400 examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officer ship, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills.
Description: Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) is a dynamic and integrated grouping of leadership developmental activities designed to meet the needs and expectations of prospective Air Force second lieutenants and complement the AFROTC academic program. It is a student planned, organized, and executed practicum conducted under the supervision of the detachment commander and commandant of cadets. LLAB cadets are classified into one of four groups with respect to field training attendance and/or commissioning. Initial Military Training (IMT) cadets are part of the General Military Course (GMC) but are not scheduled to attend field training (normally AS100 cadets). The focus of IMT objectives/activities are to promote the Air Force way of life and help effectively recruit and retain qualified cadets. This time is spent acquainting the cadets with basic Air Force knowledge and skills to help them determine whether they wish to continue with the AFROTC program. Field Training Prep (FTP) cadets are scheduled to attend field training in the upcoming year (normally AS200 cadets). The FTP objectives provide training to ensureevery cadetis mentally and physically prepared for the rigorous field training environment. Intermediate Cadet Leaders (ICL) are cadets returning from field training (normally AS300 cadets). ICL objectives/activities give cadets the opportunity to further develop the leadership and followership skills learned at field training. Every cadet position should provide the ICL the opportunity to sharpen their planning, organizational, and communication skills, as well as their ability to effectively use resources to accomplish a mission in a constructive learning environment. Senior Cadet Leaders (SCL) are cadets scheduled to be commissioned in the upcoming year (normally AS400 cadets). This time is spent on additional opportunities to develop leadership and supervisory capabilities, and prepares cadets for their first active duty assignment. Extended Cadet Leaders (ECL) are cadets whose ROTC academic requirements are complete but still have one or more terms of college left to complete. These cadets may hold special duty or regular positions within the cadet corps upon discretion of the Detachment Commander (Det CC) or Operations Flight Commander (OFC).
So what is being an ROTC cadet like? To sum it up, it is an exceptionally rewarding experience filled with opportunities that will prepare you to excel no matter what your future entails. Read below for more information:
Being a member of Air Force ROTC will immediately connect you with great people who care about you, making this big city seem a little smaller. Here, you will be with other motivated students and staff who share your goals and who want to help you achieve them. Although ROTC only requires cadets to participate five hours per week, most students become much more involved in the many extracurricular activities and teams in ROTC.
There are many activities you can choose from to include aircraft orientation flights, color guards at home games, Air Force Base visits, air shows, honor guard, a national community service organization, Civil Air Patrol aviation, intramural sports teams, etc. During the summer, some of our cadets volunteer and are selected to ride in Air Force fighter jets, sky dive at the USAF Free-fall School, observe active duty operations, learn foreign languages abroad, participate in internships with three-letter agencies in Washington DC, and much, much more.
We recognize that you are a college student first, and we encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn, grow and contribute while here at Det 320. Our students are also involved in campus and local area groups such as Volunteer Firemen, various honor societies, fraternities and community service organizations.
Whether you complete the three or four year program, Det 320 Air Force ROTC offers the same commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force as cadets who attend the military academies (West Point, Air Force/Naval Academy). We also offer the same career opportunities. A notable difference, however, is that Det 320 Air Force ROTC cadets get the college experience that many 17-32 year olds seek. For example, our cadets march in Mardi Gras parades, join university clubs, and enjoy many other opportunities that are unique to Det 320 and Air Force ROTC.
Another notable difference is that ROTC is an elected college program incorporated into your normal college experience. Cadets are only required to participate a minimum of five or six hours per week. This includes one or three hours of class per week, two hours of military/leadership training, and three hours of physical fitness training. Most cadets choose to be much more involved. You will have the opportunity to compete for many exciting travel and training opportunities around the United States and overseas. Cadets will attend a four-week intensive Field Training at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL during the summer between your sophomore and junior year.
Students may enroll in the first two years of the program without incurring any military obligation. Entry into last two years is competitive and requires a commitment to the Air Force. Textbooks and uniforms are issued to cadets without cost. Cadets can qualify for a monthly stipend of $300-500 per month and a book stipend of $450 per semester.
Upon graduation and successful completion of the program, you will be commissioned a second lieutenant and have a four-year active duty service commitment (longer for a few specialty career fields such as pilot, navigator, and air battle manager). Although some graduates choose to serve only four years, many go on to serve 20 to 30+ year careers. These currently include generals, and dozens of colonels who are graduates from Det 320, now serving in key leadership positions around the world.
The AFROTC does offer scholarships on a competitive basis when funding is available. The scholarships are in a wide area of academic majors. They cover tuition, university fees, and textbook costs. For additional information or to check eligibility, contact us or go to http://afrotc.com/scholarships/.
Academics are our first priority. Our students come from all over the United States and major in most offered disciplines including Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Science, Russian, German, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Information Sciences and Technology, Music Education, and many more. We offer tutors in math, physics and chemistry (at no cost to you). We have a high-speed computer lab, and offer a quiet place to study.
Physical fitness is also an important element of becoming an officer. Our fitness test consists of running 1.5 miles, push-ups and sit ups. Our cadets lead weekly Physical Training (PT) sessions. We have many success stories of cadets who have come to us totally out of shape, and within six months can pass our PT test.
Of course, results vary according to your personal effort and how much you do on your own as well, but almost everyone gets in better shape and sets personal fitness records. Our standards are high, but do not worry if you are not in shape, we will help you get there.
Our goal is to produce the best Air Force officers in the world. They will lead tomorrow's young airmen in executing and supporting our country's operations in air, space and cyberspace. To do so, our students learn to lead through hands-on experiences including small group exercises, deployment scenarios, tactical movements, airpower exercises, and much more.
Air Force ROTC combines traditional undergraduate education with military instruction that will prepare you to tackle the leadership challenges awaiting the Air Force in the 21st century. Our emphasis is to produce proactive leaders who know how to achieve their mission while simultaneously taking care of their people.
AIR FORCE FAQ's
YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS
- Can I join if I don't have an AFROTC scholarship?
Absolutely! The majority of AFROTC cadets are NOT on scholarship. All cadets that successfully complete the program become USAF officers regardless of scholarship status.
- If I join AFROTC, do I have a military service commitment?
NO. Not by joining. Not unless you are contracted for scholarship (after freshman year) or you complete the entire program.
- I have had some medical issues, can I still serve as an officer?
Perhaps. All cadets go through a DOD Medical Evaluation Review Board (DODMERB) soon after they join. Our doctors will evaluate your situation and determine if you can serve as an USAF Officer. Your DODMERB is funded by ROTC at no cost to you.
- If I'm in AFROTC, can I get called to duty while in college?
Not through AFROTC. Our program is to recruit and train college students to be officers w/ degrees – it does the USAF no good to interrupt this process.
- Do I have to be a US Citizen to be an USAF Officer?
YES. Students in pursuit of a US Citizenship may contact our office to see if they are eligible to complete the AFROTC program.
- If I join AFROTC, will my tuition be covered by the US Government?
Only if you qualify for a High School Scholarship or earn an In College Scholarship (ICS) will you receive all or partial tuition assistance.
- If I join AFROTC, can I be a pilot?
YES – If you qualify. Det 320 has commissioned officers in every USAF career field. Det 320 has historically had a high Rated Categorization (flying jobs) selection rate. Flying jobs are offered by needs of the USAF.
- Do I need to take the ASVAB?
NO. The ASVAB has no AFROTC relevance. We will give you the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
- I missed the High School Scholarship deadline. Can you help me?
No, but you could have 2 opportunities for an In College Scholarship - if you qualify & AF budget pending.
- How do I qualify for an ICS?
ICS funds and rules vary per year by needs of the USAF. Historically, you will need to be enrolled in AFROTC (meeting all entry criteria) and perform well enough in college to be selected in a national board. The USAF currently desires Technical, Foreign Language, and Nursing majors - they typically get boarded first.
- I'm a master's student. Can I join for 2 years?
NO AFROTC regulation requires a minimum of 3 years (6 semesters in college to complete AFROTC). Masters students are currently ineligible.
- I'm a Junior or Senior. Can I join?
You must have no less than 6 semesters remaining in your undergraduate program to join. No exceptions. If you plan on graduating in 2 years or less, we suggest you contact the local Officer Training School (OTS) recruiting office and begin your application to that commissioning program.
- I'm a Law student. Can I join?
The USAF has a special JAG program for law students. Contact our office to learn more.
- Am I required to work for the USAF over the summers?
Though we do have Professional Development Training catered to qualified cadets, the only summer requirement for cadets is to attend Field Training for 28 days one time.