The Air Force ROTC two-year program is not typically offered at Clemson University. Highly qualified applicants should contact the Recruiting Flight Commander to discuss this option. The three-year program is usually the quickest way to complete AFROTC at Clemson. It consists of the freshman and sophomore classes being taken at the same time. It essentially accelerates the first two years of the program and completes them in a single year. The last two years are the same as listed below in the Profession Officer Course section of the Four-Year Program Overview.
The first two years of the Air Force ROTC four-year program, the General Military Course, consist of one hour of classroom work, two hours of physical training and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. These five hours are the only weekly mandatory requirements for freshmen and sophomore cadets. The General Military Course is an opportunity for students not on an Air Force ROTC scholarship to try out the program with no obligation. After completing General Military Course requirements, if you wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course (POC — ROTC course for juniors and seniors), you must do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course selection system. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation, physical fitness test scores and aptitude test scores to determine if you have officer potential. After selection you must successfully complete a four-week Field-Training encampment during the summer to enter the Professional Officer Course. Once enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you must attend class two and a half hours a week, participate in two hours of physical training and two hours of leadership laboratory each week.
In the Professional Officer Course, you apply what you have learned in the General Military Course and at Field Training. As a Professional Officer Course cadet, you actually conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit’s cadet corps. Each unit has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing. Professional Officer Course classes are small. Emphasis is placed on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include management, communication skills and national defense policy. Once enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles you to a monthly $300-$500 nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year.