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What is KU Air Force ROTC?

It's a challenge. It's an opportunity. It's a college program offered at over 1000 colleges and universities in the U.S. that will prepare you to become an Air Force officer.

What does this program look like at the University of Kansas?


Academics are of the utmost importance in the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Kansas. It is extremely important for cadets to get their degrees so they can be commissioned as 2nd lieutenants. Every semester you will meet with your university advisor and your academic advisor from the ROTC program to go over your academic plan. This is to help make sure you stay on track with your degree completion and career goals.

We also have an active mentor program within our cadet wing that matches students with similar interests and majors but of different stages in the program. This is another way we help our cadets stay focused on their academic goals.

Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is an important aspect of the daily life of every Air Force member, including ROTC cadets. We meet three times each week for physical training. Cadets are required to attend at least two of these early morning sessions. Our physical training leaders have put together both a challenging and fun program to help each cadet pass the physical fitness assessment (required to continue in the program), along with meeting their own personal fitness goals.


The Air Force ROTC program at the University of Kansas is all about leadership. We will give you the training, tools, and opportunity to test and develop your leadership abilities from day one. The weekly Leadership Laboratory is planned, organized, and executed by the cadets with general guidance from the active duty cadre members. This provides cadets ample opportunity to put their leadership style into action and learn from their successes and failures.

Cadets are also assigned positions in the Cadet Wing that allow the students to experience the organization and operations of an Air Force wing. Upperclass cadets hold positions of leadership that further enhance their exposure to the responsibilities of an officer.


In the Air Force ROTC program at KU, you will receive the finest training to prepare you for active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant. The highlight is a 4 week Field Training experience at Maxwell Air Force Base during the summer between your sophomore and junior years. This training prepares cadets for increased leadership responsiblity as they move into the Professional Officer Course. This is where you will get the hard-earned experience to lead the cadet wing.

Another summer training opportunity for all cadets is Professional Development Training (PDT) which is free to cadets. Among the opportunities are such programs as Freefall (parachute training at the Air Force Academy), SOAR (largest glider operation in the world), International Immersion Program (travel to another country), Combatives (hand-to-hand, unarmed combat), Field Engineering and Readiness Lab (for civil engineering majors), and the list goes on.

Character Development

The U.S. Air Force is looking for 2nd Lieutenants with the utmost character and the ROTC program will help develop that. We begin with the Air Force Honor Code:

"We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does."

In using this Honor Code, Air Force ROTC is looking to develop officers with character, or more specifically, to produce leaders for the United States Air Force and build better citizens for America. We expect to produce officers with the following core values:

Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do

current as of May 7, 2019

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