UHV seeks cadets for Air Force officer training program

July 16, 2010 at 2:16 a.m.

The University of Houston - Victoria is looking for cadets for a new Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

The program is an affiliation with the Detachment 003 from the University of Houston main campus.

This fall will be the first semester UHV students will be able to participate.

Cadets who hope to commission in the Air Force as officers must be undergraduate students who maintain grades, take one leadership class a semester, meet physical standards and make a commitment to the Air Force for at least four years post-graduation.

Cadets also can receive two- or four-year scholarships, tax-free stipends or tuition reimbursements.

Professor Lawrence Rossow, dean of the School of Education and Human Development, who helped begin the partnership, believes the program has numerous benefits.

"They have an opportunity for a full scholarship just like an athlete would," he said "No. 2 they have the opportunity to serve their country and if anybody is interested in military experience this is a good way to do it. And thirdly it's an opportunity to have a career path."

Students who enroll in the program will travel to Houston once a week and spend half the day in training and drill but will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Rossow hopes to eventually organize some type of school-sponsored transportation for cadets and possibly establish a permanent detachment at UHV.



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