What is Arnold Air Society?
By definition we are "A Professional, Honorary, Service Organization advocating the support of aerospace power." On a more personal level, however, we are an organization of Air Force cadets who invest ourselves in community service, physical training, and the development of our leadership skills.
Do I have to be an Air Force Cadet?
Yes, you must be enrolled in the AFROTC program. Only under extenuating circumstances can this rule be violated.
How many hours a week do I need to contribute?
Really as little or as much as you want. We have two mandatory weekly events, our Sunday afternoon PT and our Squadron meeting, which is held immediately after LLab on Thursdays. Expect to give back to the community around 10-15 hours of your time a semester. You must attend 80% of mandatory events to remain an active member of AAS.
What is the AAS Candidate Program?
The candidate program is our vetting process for potential members. It involves a 1 hour a week academic and drill session followed by a 1 hour PT session. The process usually lasts 8 weeks; at the end candidates are inducted as full members. The program is a great way to bond with members from other classes as well as your own and allows cadets to get a taste for what challenges await them throughout their AFROTC career.
Can POC cadets join?
Absolutely! Our candidate process is geared toward helping GMC cadets with basic and advanced drill and Air Force knowledge, but it is also a great place for POC cadets to refine their leadership abilities and perfect their drill.
Can I do FTP and the Candidate process at the same time?
Yes! We have had numerous cadets do both at the same time. However, make sure you do not get to overwhelmed. Getting to and succeeding at Field Training is your second priority, the first being ACADEMICS, ACADEMICS, ACADEMICS! If you attempt to do this please make sure to prioritize correctly and talk to cadets who have done this in the past.
Who do I talk to about joining?
Any Arnold Air Society member can get you the information necessary to start the candidate process in either the Fall or Spring semester.