Aerospace Studies

Scope and Objectives

In accordance with the National Defense Act of 1920 and with the concurrence of the Regents of the University of California, a unit of the Army Senior Division Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was established on the Los Angeles campus of the University of California in July 1920. Navy and Air Force units were established in 1938 and 1949 respectively.

This voluntary training in the Air Force ROTC program allows students to qualify for an officer’s commission in the Air Force while completing their college education. The ROTC curricula are not considered academic majors, but ROTC courses may be taken as free electives and applied toward the total course requirements of a major. For students contracted in the Aerospace Studies Department, 36 units of aerospace studies credit may be applied toward the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The ROTC program is also available through UCLA Extension.

All three ROTC departments offer voluntary four- and three-year programs for freshmen and sophomores. The Army and Navy/Marine Corps also offer a two-year program for current and transfer students. All have leadership laboratories that teach leadership and management skills.

All commissions are reserve commissions. Active duty obligation following commissioning varies depending on branch of service and designated career field or occupational specialty.


ROTC scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens regardless of parents’ income. Scholarships cover tuition, a book allowance, fees, and a tax-free monetary allowance during the academic year. Applications for scholarships may be obtained online or by calling 310-825-1742. Completed applications should be submitted prior to August 15 for early consideration and no later than December 1 of the year preceding college matriculation.

Air Force ROTC Program

Air Force ROTC offers selected students the opportunity to develop those attributes essential to positions of high responsibility as commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force. This includes understanding Air Force history, doctrine, operating principles, and national security policies, demonstrating the ability to apply modern principles of management and human relations in the Air Force environment, and mastering of leadership theory and techniques. Students must demonstrate dedication to their assignments, willingness to accept responsibility, and the ability to think critically and communicate with clarity and precision.