More than 450 high school students from 119 Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) programs will participate in eight Air Force Junior ROTC Aerospace and Technology Honor Camps this summer. Four of the camps will be hosted at the University of Oklahoma using OU food and housing facilities and faculty from the Departments of Aviation, Zoology and the OU Health Sciences Center. The camps are held in June and July.
This elite, nationally recognized program provides a week-long experience for the top half percentile (0.5 percent) of the nation's Junior ROTC cadets. The camps showcase science, medicine, technology and engineering career opportunities in the military, public sector, and private industry. All camps have an aviation and aerospace focus. Two of the camps provide an in-depth medical profession experience at the Department of Zoology and at the OU Health Sciences Center. The other two camps take a more intensive exploration of aviation careers at the College of Continuing Education’s Department of Aviation's flight simulator and Air Traffic Control laboratory. Additionally, all four camps participate in a four-hour aviation ground school which culminates with a flight in one of OU’s fleet of airplanes.
This is the seventh year that OU has hosted the summer program and OU has been one of the host sites ever since the beginning of the Air Force summer camp programs in 2003.
Ken Carson, director of the department of aviation, said more than 11,000 cadets applied for the camps this summer. "It's a very competitive program," Carson said. "These students are some of the brightest and most dedicated students in the nation.”
The objectives of the Air Force JROTC are to educate and train high school students/cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, self-discipline and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.
The OU Department of Aviation offers a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in one of four aviation areas: professional pilot, air traffic management, aviation management flying or aviation management non-flying.
Additional information on OU’s aviation department can be found at aviation.ou.edu