The Reserve Officer Training Corps program is one of three ways to gain a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force or Space Force. As a part of the program, you will prepare yourself to excel as an Air Force or Space Force Officer while completing your bachelor’s degree as a college student. This unique opportunity allows you to get a head start on your peers, gaining valuable leadership experience, preparing for a career as a professional, while still leaving time to experience all of the avenues that college life presents. The program is rigorous and selective, but prides itself on maintaining a standard of excellence that will guide you to earning a commission in the United States Air Force or Space Force.
The program itself is designed as a four year program, but there are opportunities for those wishing to join the program with fewer than four years of college remaining. Entering the program, you join a fully functional Cadet Wing, structured as an active duty Air Force or Space Force Wing would appear.
You will begin the program in the training squadrons and progress through the program and move up through the ranks. Your first two years will be spent in the General Military Course, or GMC; these are the freshman and sophomore cadets who have not attended Field Training. The upper class cadets, are the Professional Officer Corps, who are in charge of running the wing and preparing the GMC for Field Training.
- Leadership Laboratory/LLAB – Every Thursday you will have two hours of LLAB. During this time, your trainers will have prepared a multitude of activities designed to push your limits and build your skills. Every week is different, requiring different types of preparation and knowledge. Sometimes it may be performing drill: marching in formations, learning procedures, leading a flight or squadron. Other times, critical thinking Group Leadership Projects may be assigned: one group, one mission, one time limit, many scenarios. It is up to you to complete the mission. These programs build communication, followership and leadership skills. At the end of the day, you’ll file the experiences away and try to apply the lessons you’ve learned elsewhere.
- Physical Training/PT – Twice a week you will be required to work on your physical fitness to meet Air Force and Space Force fitness standards. An Air Force and Space Force wide initiative of being “Fit to Fight” applies here in ROTC. You will have to push and motivate yourself to be physically and mentally fit. Activities range from traditional workouts, to warrior runs, supervised weight training, and competitive sports. Each semester’s worth of PT culminates in a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) which you must pass. Visit this website link for Air Force and Space Force fitness standards.
- Aerospace Studies Class/AS Class- This academic class will be taught by a member of Cadre and cover relevant topics to support your growth as an officer candidate. You will take this class with your fellow cadets and be presented with knowledge to prepare you as an officer. Assignments can include written, reading, or class presentations, with a focus on providing you with communication and leadership skills to be a successful leader in the Air Force or Space Force.
GMC (GENERAL MILITARY COURSE):
- Initial Military Training/IMT/AS100s- These are first year cadets. This year is focused on introducing cadets to the program and a military environment. Here you will learn customs and courtesies, how to march in formation, how to wear a uniform proudly, and begin to build basic followership and leadership skills. This year is to learn as much as possible and build a basis for future success.
- Field Training Preparation/FTP/AS200s- These cadets are preparing to go to Field Training and be evaluated to enter the POC. This year is about showcasing your knowledge and demonstrating that you have the skills and drive to succeed in adverse situations. A successful culmination of FTP year is an Enrollment Allocation and the opportunity to succeed at Field Training.
POC (PROFESSIONAL OFFICER COURSE):
- Intermediate Cadet Leadership/ICL/AS300s- These cadets have completed Field Training and are setting their sights on their active duty careers. They are developing their ability to teach, train, motivate, manage, and build the skills they will need to perform as leaders within the Cadet Wing. These individuals will be your trainers and mentors, and they will look out for you. In the classroom you will discuss the theory of leadership and management by reviewing case studies and reflecting on your previous two years of ROTC and Field Training.
- Senior Cadet Leadership/SCL/AS400s- These cadets are at the highest levels of leadership in the Cadet Wing. They may manage cadet squadrons consisting of 10+ cadets, or entire groups consisting of more than 60 cadets. This is the culmination of AFROTC training, and the year that you are in charge. Furthermore, these cadets prepare for active duty Air Force and Space Force by learning about national military policies and current events in the Air Force and Space Force.
“WHAT IF THE SEMESTER HAS ALREADY BEGUN?”
It is possible to join the program during the semester. It is recommended to join within the first two weeks of the semester. It is also possible to join during the Winter Semester (within first two weeks) of your freshman/sophomore year as AS150s or AS250s, respectively. For more information, contact Captain Yau at email@example.com.