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2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Military Science

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College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
Location: Memorial Health Building
Phone: 931-221-6156
Website: www.apsu.edu/rotc/

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

The Senior ROTC Program at APSU is an elective set of courses resulting in a Military Science minor and commission as an Army officer. Enrollment in freshman or sophomore courses does not obligate the student in any way to military service. The program emphasizes instruction in the development of leadership skills and managerial abilities. It provides qualified men and women who desire to serve their country the opportunity to do so as officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. Scholarships are available to include nursing students. All classes and leadership labs are offered at APSU.

Program Information

The ROTC program is divided into the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) and the Advanced Course (junior and senior years). There is no military obligation incurred for enrollment in the Basic Course. After completing the Basic Course, qualified students can enroll in the Advanced Course. Students can also qualify for the Advanced Course if they have completed basic training in any military branch or attended MSL 2030 . Training, uniforms, and books are paid for through the ROTC program.

In-College Scholarships

Tuition scholarships are available to qualified students. Selection is based upon performance to date, SAT and ACT scores, extracurricular activities, and leadership potential. For more information about Army ROTC, contact the Military Science Department at 931-221-6156 or via http://www.apsu.edu/rotc/.

Military Science Curriculum


Air Force Reserves Officers Training Corps (AFROTC)

Crosstown Agreement with Tennessee State University
Effective December 1, 2017

The  Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) provides pre-commission training for college men and women who desire to serve as commissioned officers in the United States Air Force or Space Force. When combined with the academic disciplines offered at the college level, the program provides the student a broad-based knowledge of management, leadership, and technical skills required for a commission and subsequent active duty service in the Air Force and Space Force. A minor in aerospace studies (reference number 304) is now available to students. Contact the aerospace studies advisor for course requirements. Graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and are called to active duty within 60 days. 


The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program is offered by Tennessee State University (TSU) in agreement with Austin Peay State University (APSU) as a crosstown agreement. APSU students who wish to pursue the crosstown agreement will apply for program admission to TSU at www.tnstate.edu/afrotc. Students entering into this program will not be charged tuition for the courses in question and will be given their textbooks as well as uniforms necessary to complete the program.


AFROTC Program/Scholarships

Enrolling in AFROTC

For application deadlines and instructions, go to www.tnstate.edu/afrotc/join.  Call Detachment 790, (615) 963-5931/5979 if you need any assistance with the application process. The program provides training and education that will develop skills and attitudes vital to the professional Air Force and Space Force officer. In this program, students are eligible to compete for scholarships (3.0+ GPA) that cover the cost of tuition and textbooks, and provide scholarship cadets with a monthly stipend.


Please note the courses below are offered through instruction by TSU. Students pursuing this course of study will be enrolled full-time at APSU and will complete the Air Force ROTC program courses with TSU.  Please note the AFROTC courses are sequenced by subject area for specific and logical reasons.


The General Military Course (GMC) is 1 credit hour and is composed of the first four semesters of aerospace studies and is for freshmen and sophomores. The Professional Officer Course (POC) is 3 credit hours and constitutes the final four semesters of AFROTC study for juniors and seniors. The Leadership Lab is also 1 credit hour. Students who participate in Air Force ROTC are jointly enrolled as a TSU student and participate in Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) at TSU. For more information, contact the unit admissions officer at (615) 963-5931/5979 or check our website at www.tnstate.edu/afrotc. All curriculum / Courses are determined by the AFROTC.


Aerospace Studies Courses

Freshman Year: AS 100 - Heritage and Values of the United States Air Force and Space Force is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and Space Force.  This class provides an overview of the role of military in U.S. society, military history, officership, professionalism, core values, career opportunities, and customs/courtesies. Freshman Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing followership experiences.

Sophomore Year: AS 200 - Team and Leadership Fundamentals focuses on laying the foundation for teams and leadership. The topics include development/deployment of air power, leadership and quality principles, ethics and values, leadership development based on student participation in group problem solving, as well as oral/written communication development. The purpose of this course is to instill a leadership mindset and to motivate sophomore students to transition from an AFROTC cadet to AFROTC officer candidate. Sophomore Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing followership experiences.  

Junior Year: AS 300 - Leading People and Effective Communication teaches cadets advanced skills and knowledge in management and leadership.  Special emphasis is placed on enhancing leadership skills and communication. Cadets have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors.  A mandatory junior year Leadership Laboratory provides advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.

Senior Year: AS 400 - National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty is designed for college seniors and provides them with the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. The final semester provides information that will prepare the cadets for Active Duty.  A mandatory senior year Leadership Laboratory provides advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.


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