The first section of Air Force ROTC, the General Military Course, is a two-year program offered to first-year students and sophomores who meet the minimum requirements. We call is AS100 and AS200. It consists of one hour of classroom work and one to two hours of Leadership Laboratory each week. The General Military Course is designed to improve communication skills and provide a window into military life. It’s an opportunity for students to try out the program with no obligation (for those not on an ROTC scholarship).
The General Military Course (GMC)
There are a few minimum requirements for the General Military Course. Every first year student and sophomore must be:
- Enrolled in an accredited college that hosts or has a crosstown agreement with an Air Force ROTC detachment.
- A United States citizen (if on scholarship).
- In good physical condition.
- Of good moral character.
- 14 years or older (17 years old to receive a scholarship).
- Committed to attending both the aerospace studies class and Leadership Lab each semester.
The following conditions may preclude you from Air Force ROTC membership but will not keep you from enrolling in an aerospace studies class:
- Conscientious objectors—one who has or had a firm, fixed and sincere objection to participation in war, in any form, or to the bearing of arms because of religious training or belief, which includes solely moral or ethical beliefs
- Present or former commissioned officers of the Armed Forces
- Officers of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration and members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Those medically diagnosed with asthma or who have been prescribed Ritalin or any other medication for ADD and/or ADHD at any point in their life may be precluded from military service, but this may be waived, depending on diagnosis and treatment.
- Individuals on active duty with any military service—enlisted/warrant officers of Reserve or National Guard, unless conditionally released
- Nonimmigrant students from nations not approved by the Department of State
- Students who do not or cannot meet required standards of weight, appearance, decorum, discipline and military performance
- Individuals who have dropped out of a previous officer training program (e.g., Officer Training School, United States Air Force Academy, etc.). This may be waived, depending on individual circumstances.