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Air Force ROTC Colleges in Tennessee

Sep 16, 2017

Several institutions in Tennessee offer Air Force ROTC programs for interested college students to prepare for their career with the Air Force. Find out about some of the school options and what makes each unique.

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There are a few different schools in Tennessee that offer Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs, as well as many schools that participate in cross-town partnerships with these schools. Learn about some of the schools and their programs, and compare school information in the table below.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits
The University of Tennessee Knoxville 4-year, public Knoxville, TN $12,724 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Tennessee State University 4-year, public Nashville, TN $7,256 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Tennessee Technological University 4-year, public Cookeville, TN $8,203 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
The University of Memphis 4-year, public Memphis, TN $9,125 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships
Belmont University 4-year, private not-for-profit Nashville, TN $31,390 Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Air Force ROTC Colleges in Tennessee

The various schools in Tennessee that offer AFROTC programs consist of basically the same program requirements. They may differ somewhat in completion times, program history, and student organizations. Compare and contrast the following schools in Tennessee with AFROTC programs.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Knoxville is home to the AFROTC Detachment 800. The program consists of two years in the General Military Course (GMC), followed by two years in the Professional Officer Course (POC) and requires students to participate in Leadership Laboratory, physical training and coursework. Course topics include foundations of the Air Force, development of air power, and national security affairs.

Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University is home to AFROTC Detachment 790 that was founded in 1919. The program is also available to several schools in the surrounding area, such as Vanderbilt University, Austin Peay and more. The various schools add to the detachment's pride for diversity, as it began as a program to increase the number of black aviators. The school offers a 3-year or 4-year program that each consist of the Leadership Lab, physical training and academic courses.

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University is one several schools in the surrounding Nashville area that allows students to participate in AFROTC Detachment 790 at Tennessee State University. Students in the program typically attend AFROTC classes once a week and participate in the 4-week summer field training experience between their sophomore and junior years. After graduation, those who have completed the program are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and serve at least 4 years in the Air Force.

The University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is home to AFROTC Detachment 785, which also serves three additional cross-town schools in the area. The school offers the standard 4-year program that consists of Leadership Lab, physical training and aerospace courses. Students also participate in the 28-day field training the summer after sophomore year to participate in survival training, weapons training, and professional development.

Belmont University

Belmont University is another institution that utilizes Detachment 790 at Tennessee State University. Interested students must fill out the Cross-Town Application and complete the program's requirements of coursework, Leadership Lab and physical training. Students may also choose to participate in Arnold Air Society, Professional Development Training and/or the AFROTC Flight Orientation Program.

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