Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Air Force (AFROTC)

Barry University provides academic instruction and training leading to active duty commissioned service in the United States Air Force in cooperation with the Department of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) in conjunction with the University of Miami.

AFROTC is an educational program designed to provide college students the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing an undergraduate degree. The AFROTC program provides hands-on leadership training and is designed to prepare Cadets to assume positions of increasing responsibility as officers.

The program is four years, but in some instances students can complete requirements in three years. The first two years of the program, the General Military Course (GMC), consist of a one hour class, three hours of leadership laboratory/practical military training, and two hours of organized physical conditioning each week. AFROTC Cadets compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course (POC). Competition includes both quantitative and qualitative factors, such as grade-point average, unit commander’s evaluation, aptitude test scores and physical fitness test scores. If selected, Cadets must complete a summer program called Leadership Evaluation and Development (18 days) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL before entering the POC.

After earning their degree and successfully completing all Air Force ROTC requirements, Cadets are commissioned as Air Force officers with a four-year active duty service commitment. Pilots, Combat Systems Officers, and Air Battle Managers have longer service commitments upon completion of specialized training.

Contact Information

University of Miami - AFROTC Detachment 155
1551 Brescia Avenue
(P.O. Box 248164)
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Commander Ross A. Vedder, Lt Col, USAF
Phone: 305-284-2870 ext. 3


There is no military obligation to enroll in AFROTC. To enroll students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizens or resident alien, or be able to become a U.S. citizen prior to attending Field Training the summer following sophomore year
  • Be full-time college students enrolled in 12 credits per semester
  • Be able to participate in a demanding physical fitness program
  • Be able to pass a Department of Defense Medical Examination
  • Have solid moral character
  • Maintain AFROTC minimum required grade point average


More than 60% of Air Force ROTC scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students in engineering or other scientific and technical disciplines. However, students in every degree program are eligible for scholarship opportunities, as the Air Force seeks to engage students who excel both academically and militarily.

Scholarships are awarded in increments of two, three, and four years. Air Force ROTC offers several types of scholarships. Type 1 covers full tuition and most required fees. Type 2 covers tuition and fees, but is capped at $18,000 annually. Type 3 pays up to $9,000 annually and can be used at any university that offers Air Force ROTC. Type 7 scholarships are normally designated for in-state tuition-level institutions. All types of awards provide an allowance for books, most required fees and a monthly non-taxable stipend.

All scholarship Cadets are required to meet certain academic, military, and physical fitness standards to earn and maintain scholarship benefits.


All AFROTC Cadets receive uniforms, books, and equipment for ROTC classes at no cost. Upon commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, you will receive a starting salary and allowances worth more than $66,000 annually*. Free medical and dental care, 30 days paid annual vacation and added educational benefits are also part of the compensation package.

*Based on 2017 Pay Chart and Miami FL Housing Allowance for an O-1

Us Army (AROTC) Military Science & Leadership (MSL) Course

Barry University, in partnership with the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Florida International University (FIU), offers the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). These are college electives designed for undergraduate and graduate students that provide unrivalled leadership training for success in any career field and necessary to become officers in the active Army, National Guard or Army Reserves. Students that complete the curriculum and earn a Bachelor Degree will become a commissioned officer, Second Lieutenants (O-1).

Contact Information

Florida International University - Army ROTC
11200 SW 8th Street, Bldg. # W10A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-1619
Fax: (305) 348-1849

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades RD., Bldg. T-11
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Robert J. Anderson, SFC, USA
Phone: (561) 297-1573
Cell: (719) 337-4878


Freshman (no prior service) and sophomore (prior, current service or 2+ years JROTC) must be academically aligned to register for the MSL-1000 or 2000 series classes. There is no military obligation for non-contracted Cadets. Students must be resident aliens to participate and be U.S. citizens prior to junior semester. Students desiring MSL-3201/2 and MSL-4301/2 must have completed an AA/AS degree and obtained ROTC advisement before enrolling. Students must not have a history of physical, medical or legal issues, nor have visible tattoos. Student must be under 30 years of age on 30 June of year eligible for commissioning. Students are required to commute to nearest campus with Army ROTC program (if there are less than 10 students registered in the Barry University system). A leadership lab (0 credit) is included in the course and scheduled each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 pm. It is optional for non-contracted Cadets, yet is highly recommended.


Two to four year Army ROTC scholarships are offered to qualified ROTC students at Barry University. 4-Year College Scholarships pay full tuition or room and board, and $1,200 annually for books. For more information, visit

Special Programs

Prior service members and those in the National Guard or Army Reserve have special entrance considerations and may be entitled to other monetary benefits. All Cadets are required to attend Fort Knox, Kentucky for a summer training event. Summer study abroad options are also available. Transportation, lodging, uniforms and meals are provided.


Contracted Cadets, regardless of receiving a scholarship, receive a monthly stipend of $420 (freshman) and up to $500 (seniors). Once commissioned, an active duty Second Lieutenant (O-1) will earn a starting salary over $35,211.60 annually, 30 days paid vacation, educational, medical, dental care and housing allowance.

Additional Contact Information

For additional information regarding the ROTC program, please contact Amy Carlisle, Assistant to the Registrar, Barry University at 305-899-3947 or via email at

Information regarding current Army and Air Force ROTC courses can also be found in the Barry University Undergraduate Catalog by visiting