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Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a college program offered at more than 1,100 campuses across the country.  It prepares young men and women to become leaders in the Air Force, but it’s also much more.  You’ll grow mentally and physically as you acquire strong leadership skills that will benefit you as an Air Force Officer and in life.  It’s also a great opportunity to pay for school through scholarships.  You’ll develop lifelong friendships and have unique experiences.  Plus, unlike many college students, you’ll have a position waiting for you after graduation at one of the world’s top high-tech organizations—the U.S. Air Force.  For more information on Air Force ROTC look up

In 1971, Air Force ROTC Detachment 772, at Charleston Southern University (then Baptist College) was established as a four year program, training quality leaders for the Air Force through their ROTC program.  In 1978, our Detachment switched to a two-year program only accepting college juniors and commissioning an average of 5 officers per year.  Although we were the smallest Air Force ROTC program in the nation, we were recognized as the Best Small Detachment in the Southeast Region four times since the year 2000.  Starting in the fall term of 2016, our training program transitioned back to a four-year program, joining the other 144 detachments in the country in accepting freshman and sophomore entry cadets.  Students at Charleston Southern University as well as the College of Charleston, the Citadel Night School, and Medical University of South Carolina can participate in our program. 

It takes something unique to succeed in Air Force ROTC. It takes dedication, drive, and discipline.  Our program is structured to foster the work ethic and principles that will help students not only succeed in school but also prepare them for life as exceptional citizens and members of the U.S. Air Force. Our program is structured like a college course that focuses on developing leaders.  You will be taught by a world-class Air Force faculty supplemented with distinguished speakers who bring policy and history to life through firsthand experience.  Each instructor is an Air Force Officer and is usually accorded the academic rank of assistant professor.  The unit commander has an academic rank of full professor.

Since the goal of the program is to help students earn placement as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force, you will need to meet certain requirements along the way to help you ensure future success in the U.S. Air Force.  The minimum requirements for program entry for freshman and sophomore students are: 

  • 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.

What if you didn’t have to worry about how to pay for college?  Air Force ROTC offers a variety of scholarships that will help relieve the financial burden of your college education. That way, you can focus on preparing for your future.  A variety of full and partial scholarships are available, and certain scholarships have specific requirements.  Air Force ROTC scholarships cover full or partial tuition and most lab fees.  It also includes an annual textbook allowance and up to a $500 spending cash monthly stipend.

For more details about joining our Air Force ROTC program or scholarship opportunities, come visit us on the campus of Charleston Southern University in Russell Hall West second floor (above security), email us at, or call 843-863-7408.