Air Force ROTC

The Air Force Reserver Officer Training Corps develops leaders of character for tomorrow's United States Air Force and Space Force.


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About the ROTC

Barton College, in coordination with the Aerospace Studies department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, provides students with the educational opportunity to become commissioned officers in the United States Air Force and Space Force while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

The program is designed to prepare students to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the Air Force. To earn your commission, a cadet must participate for a minimum of three years in the Air Force ROTC. However, many students participate for four years.


Program Structure

As a cadet, you will learn more than just facts about the Air Force. You will also study:

  • The historical development of airpower
  • Leadership skills
  • National defense policy.

On Wednesdays each semester, you will participate in Leadership Labs with cadets at ECU. In these sessions, you will gain knowledge in marching, military customs and courtesies, the proper uniform wear, problem-solving, and fellowship.



A typical student participating in the Air Force ROTC will commit to five to six hours a week in his or her first two years. These hours include participating in physical training twice a week, one hour of lecture on Barton’s campus, and two hours of Leadership Labs at ECU on Wednesdays.

If you then choose to continue with the course, he or she will compete for a slot to attend field training and enter the Professional Officer Course (POC). At this point, the cadet will commit to seven to 10 hours a week; this includes the same model as before but with two additional hours of lecture time.


Contact Us

Office of Admissions

101 Harper Hall, Barton College
P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, N.C. 27893
252-399-6572 (fax)

Cohort Coordinator

Theresa Scott
Case Art Building