Four-year Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available in conjunction with the University of Virginia. These programs offer the opportunity to take classes in army or air science, and can lead to becoming a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force. The credit awarded for ROTC classes counts toward PVCC degree requirements. For further information about PVCC credit, contact the Division of Health and Life Sciences at 434.961.5431.
The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) is the largest of three programs available through the Air Force to earn a commission and serve as an officer in the United States Air Force. The AFROTC program at PVCC is established under a cross-town agreement with the University of Virginia. PVCC students take the first two years of AFROTC classes at the University of Virginia for PVCC credit. Upon transferring into a four-year institution that offers an AFROTC program, students can complete the US Air Force officer training and receive a commission in the United States Air Force upon completing their undergraduate degree.
AFROTC offers two, three, and four year commissioning programs for students of all levels, both graduate and undergraduate. The four-year program is designed for students who join during their first year of college. Students take all four years of air science classes and attend a four week summer field-training encampment at an Air Force Base between their second and third years.
Students may also enroll in AFROTC during their second year of college. Those awarded a scholarship will dual enroll in both the 100 and 200 level courses during their second year of college and attend a four-week summer field-training encampment. Students not on scholarship will take only the 200 level courses and attend a five-week summer field-training encampment.
Students enrolling in the program during their third year attend field training between their third and fourth years. At a minimum, the two-year program allows students who have missed any portion of the first two years to attend the 300 and 400 level courses and a five-week field-training encampment.
Unless the student earns an AFROTC scholarship, there is no service obligation inside the first two years of the four-year program. However, all students who enter into the Professional Officer Course (the last two years), enter into a contractual obligation with the Air Force to serve on active duty upon commissioning.
After graduation and commissioning as second lieutenants in the Air Force, graduates serve in any number of career fields for a four-year active duty service commitment. Interested and qualified students may compete to become Air Force pilots or navigators. Successful pilot and navigator candidates serve 10 and six year active duty service commitments, respectively.
Active duty may be delayed after graduation for those who wish to immediately pursue a graduate degree. Merit-based financial scholarships are offered to qualified students through two, three, and four year scholarships. Qualified students may be offered an AFROTC scholarship for full or partial college tuition, incidental fees, textbook allowances, and a monthly subsistence allowance of $250 to $400 dependent on academic year. Scholarship students incur a military obligation.