On a weekly basis, all cadets will attend an Aerospace Studies class, two physical training sessions and a two hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB). The program is tailored to four academic years but can be condensed to three or extended to five years in certain circumstances. Our cadets are constantly evaluated -- their GPAs, physical fitness, and general cadet performance are used to formulate their individual ranking at our detachment and on a nationwide scale. These rankings are used for scholarship competitions, Field Training allocations and career field selections.
General Military Course (GMC)
AS classes during the first two years of the program are one credit hour per week. They are designed to present a solid overview of military life without demanding excessive time during your adjustment to college. The focus of the GMC curriculum is on exposing cadets to the culture, benefits and history of the United States Air Force. GMC cadets will also learn about how the Air Force is structured, the customs and courtesies associated with military service and what it means to be an officer. Students may elect to take both the freshman and sophomore AS classes at the same time in order to shorten the program by up to a year. This route makes competing for a Field Training allocation much more challenging, but not impossible.
- AS 100 Class (typically freshman students)
- The Air Force Today Fall AFR 1101 / Spring AFR 1120
- Leadership Lab Fall AFR 1101L / Spring AFR 1120L
- AS 200 Class (typically sophomore students)
- The Air Force Way Fall AFR 2130 / Spring AFR 2140
- Leadership Lab Fall AFR 2130L / Spring AFR 2140L
Summer Field Training - LEAD
Field training is a selective and intense, four-week program that our cadets must earn an allocation for and successfully complete. Hosted at Maxwell Air Force Base/Camp Shelby in Alabama, Field Training is typically attended during the summer between the cadet's sophomore and junior year. This training gives you a first-hand look at the active duty Air Force and develops your military leadership and discipline. You will participate in junior officer education, marksmanship, survival, and physical fitness training. Successful completion of Field Training marks a turning point in your Air Force ROTC career. Field Training graduates return to the Detachment ready for an increased level of responsibility within the cadet wing structure.
Professional Officer Course (POC)
AS classes during the last two years of the program are three credit hours per week. During this time, our cadets focus on leadership and management training, communication skills, national defense policy and regional studies. Whether on scholarship or not, all members who enter the POC receive a monthly, non-taxable allowance.
- AS 300 Class (typically junior students)
- Air Force Leadership and Management Fall AFR 3220 / Spring AFR 3231
- Leadership Lab Fall AFR 3220L / Spring AFR 3231L
- Fall AFR3220/Spring AFR3231
- AS 400 Class (typically senior students)
- National Security / Prep for Active Duty Fall AFR4201 / Spring AFR4211
- Leadership Lab Fall AFR4201L / Spring AFR4211L
In AFROTC, we do not simply teach you about leadership, we give you a chance to put learning into action. The weekly leadership laboratory is a cadet run activity, planned and carried out by POC cadets. Activities can include drill and ceremony instruction, group leadership exercises, physical fitness training, sports competition, and guest speaker presentations. Besides conducting leadership laboratories, you will help lead and manage the cadet wing to prepare yourself for your future responsibilities as a Second Lieutenant.