ROTC Programs

ROTC programs are offered to SPU students via cross-town agreements with the University of Washington.

Seattle Pacific University accepts 20–24 quarter credits from an approved ROTC program toward the 180 required to graduate — up to 3 credits each from the freshman and sophomore sequences, and up to 9 credits each from the junior and senior sequences. If a student drops out of the program, the ROTC credits do not apply toward graduation. Upon completion of a ROTC program, the student is responsible for requesting official transcripts for the SPU registrar’s office.

Air Force Reserve Office Training Corps (AFROTC)

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is offered to SPU students through an agreement with the University of Washington. All classes are taught at University of Washington, Clark Hall 220.

The Air Force ROTC program is designed to motivate, educate, and commission highly qualified students for active duty as officers in the U.S. Air Force. The curriculum develops the professional knowledge in both theory and application that an Air Force officer needs to be an effective manager and leader in the aerospace environment.

General program requirements

The freshman- and sophomore-level classes (general military courses) are open to all students attending any two- or four-year college full time. Any student may enroll in these classes. The junior- and senior-level classes (professional officer courses) are open to qualified students who have been competitively selected for entry.

For more information contact the unit admissions officer at 206-543-2360 or write University of Washington, Department of Aerospace Studies, Detachment 910, University of Washington, Box 353830, Seattle, WA 98195-3530. You can also visit the UW AFROTC.

Commissioning requirements

Once you have successfully completed the AFROTC program and have received an academic degree from SPU, you are offered a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. You will serve at least four years in the military.

General military course

The basic general military courses consist of one classroom hour, 1.5 hours of physical training, and 1.5 hours of leadership laboratory per week during your freshman and sophomore years.

  • Your uniform and textbooks are provided.
  • You may enter at the start of Autumn, Winter, or Spring Quarter.
  • A four- or five-week field-training course, taken during the summer between your sophomore and junior years is required for entry into the Professional Officer Course.
  • You receive pay and travel costs for field training.

Except for sophomore cadets on AFROTC scholarship, students incur no active-duty service commitment from enrollment in the GMC, and students may drop the courses at any time. 

Professional officer course (POC)

If you are selected for enrollment in POC, you are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and receive a tax-free monthly subsistence pay of at least $350.

  • You are furnished texts and uniform.
  • Your junior- and senior-level classes consist of three hours of academic classes, 1.5 hours of physical training, and 1.5 hours of leadership laboratory per week, in addition to a position within the cadet corps.

Financial assistance

The Air Force offers two- and three-year scholarships to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students awarded scholarships from the Air Force ROTC Scholarship Board are eligible for a supplemental room grant. To take advantage of these scholarships, you should apply directly to AFROTC UW (address noted under General program requirements). 

Two-year program

The two-year program is open to graduate students and other students who have two years remaining until graduation.

  • Students in this program are required to attend a five-week field-training course at an Air Force base during the summer preceding program entry. The student is paid during the period.
  • Upon return to the campus, students pursue the professional officer course.
  • Uniform, texts, and at least $350 monthly subsistence are provided.
  • Two-year scholarships are available for qualified students.

If you are interested in this program, contact the AFROTC department some time between October and December prior to the Autumn Quarter you desire to enter.

Course descriptions

AS 101, 102, 103 Aerospace Studies 100 (1,1,1) Survey of Air Force life and ROTC opportunities; U.S. Air Force mission and organization; functions of U.S. aerospace support forces; officership/ professionalism and an introduction to communicative skills.

AS 211, 212, 213 Aerospace Studies 200 (1,1,1) Examines factors contributing to the development of air power from its beginnings to the present and the evolution of air-power concepts and doctrine; history of air-power employment in military and nonmilitary operations in support of national objectives. Assessment of communicative skills.

AS 331 Aerospace Studies 300 (3) Emphasis on basic leadership and management fundamentals, professional knowledge, and communicative skills required of an Air Force officer. Case studies used to examine leadership and management situations. An additional leadership laboratory (mandatory for cadets but not special students) provides leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply learned principles. Offered: A.

AS 332 Aerospace Studies 300 (3) Emphasis on advanced leadership and management fundamentals, professional knowledge, and communicative skills required of an Air Force officer. Case studies used to examine leadership and management situations. An additional leadership laboratory (mandatory for cadets but not special students) provides leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply learned principles. Offered: W.

AS 333 Aerospace Studies 300 (3) Emphasis on leadership ethics, leadership and management fundamentals, professional knowledge, and communicative skills required of an Air Force officer. Case studies used to examine leadership and management situations. An additional leadership laboratory (mandatory for cadets but not special students) provides leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply learned principles. Offered: Sp.

AS 431 Aerospace Studies 400 (3) I&S Needs for national security, evolution of American defense strategy, policy, and organization; methods for managing conflict, alliances and regional security to preserve American interests. Arms control, terrorism, and current military issues; refinement of communicative skills. A one-hour leadership laboratory is also required for cadets, but not special students. Offered: A.

AS 432 Aerospace Studies 400 (3 ) I&S World regional-studies emphasis; Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Russia; political, economic, cultural, environmental, and military elements of each region; impacts on world affairs and American interests; refinement of communicative skills. A one-hour leadership laboratory is also required for cadets, but not special students. Offered: W.

AS 433 Aerospace Studies 400 (3) I&S Preparation for active duty in the U.S. Air Force. The military as a profession, officership, the military justice system, current military issues; Air Force policies, procedures, and regulations; refinement of communicative skills. A one-hour leadership laboratory is also required for cadets, but not special students. Offered: Sp.

Army ROTC

Army ROTC is offered to SPU students through an agreement with the University of Washington. The program offers you several elective options for the attainment of an Army officer’s commission in the reserves or in active forces while pursuing the academic degree of your choice.Normally, all students participate in the following:

  • One to two classes per week (two to three hours).
  • Physical training one to three times per week.
  • Three leadership laboratories per quarter.
  • One overnight field exercise per quarter.

The program allows for scholarship assistance for selected students, a monthly stipend for all scholarship and third- and fourth-year students, and attendance at optional summer courses. 

For further information on this University of Washington program, call 206-543-9010, or write Department of Military Science, 308 Clark Hall, Box 353820, Seattle, WA 98195-3820. You can also email armyrotc@uw.edu.

Financial aid

Cadets receive financial aid in two forms:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarships are awarded annually to cover school expenses. The scholarships pay up to $16,000 per year toward tuition and fees, and provide a book allowance, as well as a monthly allowance that ranges from $250 for freshman up to $450 for seniors.
  • Assistance of a $350 to $450 per month allowance to all non-scholarship cadets enrolled in the advanced course.

In addition to this aid, you may apply for an SPU ROTC Academic Achievement Award. For consideration, you must be a recipient of a three or four-year scholarship from Army or Air Force ROTC. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Commissioning requirements

To be commissioned in the U.S. Army, you must graduate with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and have completed the military science curriculum, including successful completion of the five-week advanced camp during the summer prior to your senior year.

ROTC Academic Achievement Award

If you are awarded an ROTC scholarship by the Air Force or Army programs, you may qualify for an ROTC Academic Achievement Award at SPU.

The award, which covers room-and-board costs, is offered to qualified top scholars who also demonstrate commitment to the Christian ideals of Seattle Pacific, including involvement in a local church. The award is renewable for a total of four consecutive years.