UHM Air Force ROTC Program
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Form 48?
- How do I create a Form 48?
- What is mandatory advising and how does it affect me?
- Where do I get my VA Benefits Enrollment Form reviewed?
- Can I take summer school?
- Can I take online courses?
- Can I pursue a second major?
- Can I pursue a minor or certificate?
- When is my Form 48 due?
- Do I need to have a major to create a Form 48?
- Can I change majors after I have completed a Form 48?
- What do I do if I change majors?
- How many credits do I have to take a semester?
- Can I change my schedule after my Form 48 is complete?
- What do I do if I can’t get the courses that were planned for on my Form 48?
- Does my Form 48 officially guarantee graduation?
- How do I find courses for the FW, FS, and FG requirement?
- How do I find courses for the DA, DH, DL and DB, DP, DY requirements?
- What are focus requirements?
- How do I find courses for focus requirements?
- I viewed the PowerPoint on how to create the Form 48 but I still have questions, what do I do?
- Who is the ROTC advisor?
- How do I meet with the ROTC advisor?
- Where is the ROTC advisor’s office?
- Can I call the ROTC advisor?
- What can the ROTC advisor help me with?
- Will the ROTC advisor pick courses for me?
- When is a good time to have my Form 48 reviewed by the ROTC advisor?
- What is the difference between my College/School, major, and ROTC advisor?
- Do I need to meet with my major advisor?
- How do I meet with my major advisor?
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What is the Form 48?
Form 48 is an academic plan outlining all courses required to graduate including general education, major, and ROTC. Its primary purpose is to ensure cadets graduate in a timely manner.
What is mandatory advising and how does it affect me?
Beginning in Fall 2008, all incoming freshmen must receive mandatory advising every semester for their first two years. For students who fall under MAC (undeclared or pre-majors), completing or updating your Form 48 will fulfill your mandatory advising requirement. For all other majors check with your College/School/Major advisor to determine how to fulfill the requirement.
Where do I get my VA Benefits Enrollment form reviewed?
VA forms are reviewed and approved by the advisor from your College/School and should be submitted directly to that respective office. Information on your College/School advisor can be found here.
Can I take summer school?
Yes, and summer courses must be included on your Form 48.
Can I take online courses?
For cadets on scholarship AFROTC will only cover 3 online courses per regular semester and 5 total per academic year. Additional online courses will be paid for by cadet.
Can I pursue a second major?
Possibly, but ONLY if it does not extend your graduation date. However, most cadets take 15+ credits a semester just to finish one degree so it is rare to be able to fit in another major.
Can I pursue a minor or certificate?
Yes, but ONLY if it does not extend your graduation date. Minors or certificates are easier to fit into degree plans than second majors but it will still take careful academic planning to ensure the same graduation date as if there was no minor or certificate. Consult the ROTC Advisor if you are interested in a minor or certificate.
When is my Form 48 due?
Unless indicated earlier by ROTC, Form 48s are due by mid-semester. For the exact date contact ROTC.
Do I need to have a major to create a Form 48?
Yes. Form 48 is a degree plan of all courses you need to graduate. You must have a major identified to know the courses needed to graduate.
Can I change majors after I have completed a Form 48?
Yes. Complete the following:
- Consult your AFROTC cadre for approval.
- For contracted cadets only (on scholarship or junior standing and above), obtain approval from AFROTC headquarters.
What do I do if I change majors?
Another Form 48 must be completed for your new major. Follow the same steps as you did in creating the first Form 48.
How many credits do I have to take a semester?
You are required to take between 12-19 credits a semester, with the exception of your final semester. On average, cadets take about 15+ credits per semester.
Can I change my schedule after my Form 48 is complete?
Absolutely! Your Form 48 is only a plan and is not definite. If you want to make changes after you submitted it simply document the changes on your Form 48 and email the ROTC advisor to schedule another appointment and review.
What do I do if I can’t get the courses that were planned for on my Form 48?
Look ahead on your plan for courses that you intend to take in future semesters. Check if they are available for the current semester. If you have the appropriate pre-requisites you may move the course to the current semester and document the change(s) on your Form 48.
Does my Form 48 officially guarantee graduation by a certain date?
No. Your Form 48 is an unofficial degree plan that DOES NOT guarantee graduation by a certain date. It is only used by ROTC to get an estimated graduation date. You must complete official degree checks with your respective College/School Advisor.
What are focus requirements?
Focus courses are part of UHM’s graduation requirements and consist of the following:
Transfer students may have a prorated number of focus courses to complete. More information regarding focus requirements may be found here . You must identify focus courses in your Form 48 by putting the appropriate abbreviation in parenthesis next to the course title. For example:
HWST 107 Hawaii: Center of the Pacific (H)
Focus courses change every semester and may be found in courses that can double count with your major. AS 352 is an E (Ethical Issues) focus.
I viewed the PowerPoint on how to create the Form 48 but I still have questions, what do I do?
Email your question to the ROTC Advisor, Rayna Isaki, at email@example.com .
Where is the ROTC Advisor’s office?
Queen Liliuʻokalani Center for Student Services (QLC) Room 101. After going up of the building’s front steps, it is the first office on the left, across from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Academic Services Office.
Can I call the ROTC Advisor?
Unfortunately Rayna cannot be reached by phone, however she is readily available via email.
- Completing your Form 48 by reviewing and providing appropriate revisions to meet both UHM academic and ROTC requirements.
- Understanding UHM academic requirements (general education, graduation, and major).
- Understanding Form 48 requirements.
- Checking to make sure all courses required to graduate are included on degree plan. However, this is only an unofficial check. Official degree checks are completed with your College/School Advisor.
- References to campus resources where appropriate.
Will the ROTC Advisor pick courses for me?
No you have the freedom to select the courses you’re interested in taking. Rayna will be able to present course options that you may select from and provide recommendations but the ultimate decision is yours.
When is a good time to have my Form 48 reviewed by the ROTC Advisor?
The busiest time of the semester is the first two weeks and during registration. For immediate assistance and to avoid the rush of other cadets email your Form 48 either before the semester starts, about the third week into the semester, or before registration period.
- College/School advisor: Overall advising with general education, graduation, and major requirements.
- Major advisors: Assistance with major requirements only.
- ROTC advisor: Similar to College/School advisors, helps with overall advising (general education, graduation, and major requirements) in addition to ROTC requirements.
In general, all cadets at UHM will have three main advisors (College/School, major, and ROTC). For example a Psychology student will have an advisor from the College of Arts & Sciences (College/ School), an advisor from the Psychology department (major), and an ROTC advisor. In some cases, the College/School and major advisors are the same person. In such cases cadets will only have two advisors (College/School/major and ROTC). Such majors include Engineering, Nursing, or Social Work, etc. More information on academic advisors may be found here.
Do I need to meet with my major Advisor?
Yes. You must review your draft Form 48 with your major advisor prior to meeting with the ROTC Advisor. Major Advisors are the experts on the requirements for your field of study and should be consulted to ensure you have included all requirements for your major on your Form 48.
How do I meet with my major Advisor?
Call, email, or stop by your major Advisor or department to determine if walk-ins are acceptable or if an appointment is needed. Contact information for your major Advisor or department can be found by clicking here.