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What is Air Force ROTC?

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The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program develops commissioned officers for the United States Air Force.  

Students who successfully complete all AFROTC requirements and earn a bachelor’s degree will commission as second lieutenants and enter active duty within a year of graduation.

A Leadership Elective for Any Degree

AFROTC curriculum is the principal instrument by which cadets are educated, motivated, and trained for Air Force commissioned service. The material and training objectives for students enrolled in AFROTC is the same across the country, regardless of school or location.     

Students enroll in AFROTC classes just as they would add physics, accounting or literature to their course schedule.  It is essentially a leadership elective that complements their major and gives them a built-in advantage of being part of a team where personal accountability, discipline, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence are emphasized.   

AFROTC is structured and designed as a 4-year leadership program. There is some flexibility to fulfill requirements on a compressed schedule if you have some military experience and/or join up to a year after starting college.  A staff member can tell you what options you have once you confirm what month and year you expect to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.  

Uniforms – Time Commitment – Program Timeline

Students who enroll in AFROTC are referred to as cadets.  All cadets are issued a variety of Air Force uniforms that will be worn during Air Force classes and training activities.  Wearing a uniform instills a sense pride in being part of a military organization.  

The freshman and sophomore years of instruction are known as the General Military Course, or GMC.  GMC cadets have a one-credit academic course, two-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB), and weekly physical fitness added to their schedule.  Time commitment is about 5 hours per week.  

The junior and senior years of instruction are known as the Professional Officer Course, or POC.  POC cadets have greater supervisory, leadership and project management responsibilities during their last two years of college and they spend more time in the classroom and preparing for LLAB.  Each semester they have a 3-credit hour academic course, 1-hour LLAB prep, 2-hour LLAB and weekly fitness training.  Time required is 6 hours per week.  

To progress from the GMC to the POC level, cadets must have strong performance records and compete for the chance to attend Field Training.  

Field Training is an intense, 23-day leadership challenge that occurs during the summer months, typically two years before graduation.  It is designed to evaluate leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and communication skills.  Those who are mentally and physically prepared will have an overall positive experience, with improved self-confidence and a better understanding of their strengths as a leader and follower.

When a cadet returns to school after Field Training, they hold positions as cadet officers and sign a contract with the U.S. Air Force to confirm their intent to serve as commissioned officers after graduation.  

Explore this website, our DET 536 Facebook page, and AFROTC.com to learn more about how AFROTC can benefit you!

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