OFFICE: Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 385
Chair: Cyrus, Col Gregory K., USAF, Professor (B.A., Texas Tech University; M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; M.A., Air Command & Staff College; M.A., US Army War College)
Cabrera, Capt Misael A., USAF, Assistant Professor (B.S., San Diego State University)
Cyrus, Col Gregory K., USAF, Professor (B.A., Texas Tech University; M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; M.A., Air Command & Staff College; M.A., US Army War College)
Torres, Capt Ryan M., USAF, Assistant Professor (B.S., San Diego State University; M.S. National University)
Turner, Capt D’Angelo M., USAF, Assistant Professor (B.S., United States Air Force Academy; M.S., Tiffin University)
Wolfsmith, Capt David Lance, USAF, Assistant Professor (B.S., United States Air Force Academy)
The department offers a three- or four-year Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program designed to develop officers who have broad understanding and high growth potential. For qualified students, two, three, or four-year scholarships are available in certain areas on a competitive basis. Scholarships pay full tuition at SDSU and various laboratory, textbook, and incidental fees plus a monthly nontaxable allowance of $300-$500 during the school year. Cadets participate in dialogues, problem solving, and other planning activities designed to develop leaders and managers. All coursework is done on campus with the exception of field trips and one field training encampment conducted at a military base.
A two week field training camp is required for all students during the summer between the sophomore and junior years. Field training emphasizes military orientation for the junior officer and aircraft and aircrew familiarization. Cadets receive physical training and participate in competitive sports. They observe selected Air Force units perform everyday operations, and they are trained in drill and ceremonies, preparation for inspections, and the use of weapons. Upon completion of the AFROTC program and all requirements for a bachelor’s degree, cadets are commissioned Second Lieutenants in the Air Force and serve a minimum of four years active duty. Graduates go on active duty in a specialty consistent with their academic major, their desires, and existing Air Force needs. Graduates may request a delay from entry on active duty to continue their education or may apply for Air Force sponsored graduate study to begin immediately upon entry on active duty.
Applying for the Program
SDSU students enroll in aerospace classes by signing up for courses in the same manner as other university classes. There is no advance application needed for the freshman or sophomore (AS 100/ 200) classes. However, an orientation program, held just prior to the start of each term, is recommended and designed to give new cadets a broad, realistic introduction to Air Force officer training and provide them with helpful, important information on meeting academic requirements. Contact the Aerospace Studies Department as early as possible for additional information and sign-up procedures. The last two years of AFROTC (AS 300/400) lead to the commission as a Second Lieutenant for which students must apply during the sophomore year. The application process involves taking the Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT), a physical examination, a physical fitness test, and a personal interview. Students from other institutions in the San Diego area are eligible to take AFROTC and should check with the department to obtain enrollment procedures. Additional information can be obtained from the following websites: http://afrotc.com, http://airforce.com, and http://det075.sdsu.edu.