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Course Descriptions

Air Force ROTC is designed as a four-year program, with some exceptions.

Program Descriptions

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
The Air Force ROTC program provides professional preparation for students desiring to serve as officers in the United States Air Force. The program offers information on Air Force career opportunities, the role of the military in the American society, and training in leadership skills. Courses are normally taken for academic credit as part of a student’s electives. Entering freshmen may register for Aerospace Studies courses at the same time and in the same manner as they enroll in their other college courses. Students desiring entry after their freshman year must contact the department prior to their planned entry into the program.

The General Military Course—GMC (Aerospace Studies Leadership Laboratories 1111, 1113, 2111, 2113 and lectures 1112, 1114, 2112, 2114) is a two-year course taken during the freshman and sophomore years, with one credit hour of academic instruction and four hours of Leadership Laboratory a week which includes physical fitness training (dates and times announced during the semester). Membership in the GMC does not confer any military status or commitment upon the cadets, but affords them the opportunity to learn about the Air Force and its role in the American society.

The Professional Officer Course—POC (Aerospace Studies Leadership Laboratories 3111, 3113, 4111, 4113 and lectures 3312, 3314, 4312, 4314) is a two-year course normally taken during the student’s junior and senior years. The class entails three credit hours of academic instruction and five hours of Leadership Laboratory a week, which includes physical fitness training (dates and times announced during the semester). Entrance into the POC is limited to qualified students desiring to compete for Air Force commissions and who have had a four-week field training program. Each student selected for the POC is enlisted as a member of the Air Force Reserve and is provided a tax-free subsistence per month. The cadet who completes the POC is, upon graduation, commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Field Training
Air Force ROTC Field Training is offered during the summer months at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Students participate in four weeks of field training between their sophomore and junior years before they can enter the Professional Officer Course (POC). The major areas of study in the field training program include junior officer training, survival training, marksmanship, deployments, leadership, base functions, Air Force environment and physical training.

Courses in Aerospace Studies (AS)

1111, 1113 Leadership Laboratory (0-3). Laboratory experience to accompany Aerospace Studies 1112 and 1114. Students will gain a practical knowledge of customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, the environment of an Air Force base and career opportunities available to commissioned officers. Physical fitness activities are also an integral part of the lab experience (dates and times are announced during the semester). Grading will be either pass or fail. (dates and times are announced during the semester).

1112 The Foundations of the United States Air Force (1-0). A survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force. Additional topics include customs and courtesies, dress and grooming  standards, officership, officer opportunities and benefits will be discussed. Group leadership problem-solving and basic communicative skills will be demonstrated. (Offered in fall only.)

1114 The Foundations of the United States Air Force (1-0). survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force. Additional topics include mission and organization of the Air Force. The  transition from cadet to officer is discussed, along with a survey of Air Force leaders and key events in U.S. history. Group leadership problem-solving and basic communicative skills will be demonstrated. (Offered in spring only.)

1115 Military Physical Fitness (0-3). Develops the physical fitness required of an officer in the United States Military through emphasis of individual fitness programs and examination of the role of exercise/fitness.

1116 Military Physical Fitness (0-3). Develops the physical fitness required of an officer in the United States Military through emphasis of individual fitness programs and examination of the role of exercise/fitness.

2111, 2113 Leadership Laboratory (0-3). Laboratory experience to accompany Aerospace Studies 2112   and 2114. This experience can be classified as the initial leadership experience prior to Field Training.  Activities include: emphasis on customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and giving military commands. Instructing, correcting and evaluating the preceding skills are also part of the training. Physical fitness  activities are also an integral part of the lab experience (dates and times are announced during the semester.) Grading will be either pass or fail.

2112 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power (1-0). Features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders; introduction to air power through examination of the Air Force Core Functions; and continued application of communication skills. Its purpose is to instill an appreciation of the development and employment of air power and to motivate sophomore students to transition from AFROTC cadet to Air Force ROTC officer candidate. Additional topics to be discussed include an overview of Air Force history, evolution of the Air Force and important air campaigns. (Offered in fall only.)

2114 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power (1-0). Features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders; introduction to air power through examination of the Air Force Core Functions; and continued application of communication skills. Its purpose is to instill an appreciation of the development and employment of air power and to motivate sophomore students to transition from AFROTC cadet to Air Force ROTC officer candidate. Additionally, students are exposed to Air Force ideas on total quality management and professional ethics and values. (Offered in spring only.)

2115 Military Physical Fitness (0-3). Develop the physical fitness required of an officer in the United States Military through emphasis of individual fitness programs and examination of the role of exercise/fitness.

2116 Military Physical Fitness (0-3). Develop the physical fitness required of an officer in the United States Military through emphasis of individual fitness programs and examination of the role of exercise/fitness.

3111, 3113 Leadership Laboratory (0-3). Laboratory experience to supplement Aerospace Studies 3312 and 3314. This experience begins the leadership and management experience for Air Force officer candidates. Cadets are intimately involved in the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling of all cadet corps operations. Cadets prepare briefings and presentations to enhance the laboratory period and motivate other cadets to higher levels of performance. Physical fitness activities are also an integral part of the lab experience (dates and times are announced during the semester). Grading will be either pass or fail.

3312 The United States Air Force Leadership Studies (3-0). Teaches cadets advanced skills and knowledge in management and leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing leadership skills. Cadets have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors. The course focuses on the theory and application of leadership and management principles as applied to Air Force situations in the context of a junior officer. Professional knowledge and fundamentals are examined through the use of case studies to reinforce concepts. Students are introduced to Air Force total quality management concepts, individual briefings and written reports are expected. (Offered in fall only.)

3314 The United States Air Force Leadership Studies (3-0). Teaches cadets advanced skills and knowledge in management and leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing leadership skills. Cadets have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors. The course focuses on practical application of principles and tools of total quality management to improving selected processes. Discussion of officer development in terms
of the profession, subordinate leadership, ethical conduct, and core values, individual and group presentations and written reports are expected. (Offered in spring only.

4111, 4113 Leadership Laboratory (0-3). Laboratory experience to supplement Aerospace Studies 4312 and 4314. This experience comprises the advanced leadership and management experience for Air Force officer candidates. Cadets are intimately involved in the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and controlling of all cadet corps operations. Cadets prepare briefings and presentations to enhance the laboratory period and motivate the performance of other cadets. Physical fitness activities are also an integral part of the lab experience (dates and times are announced during the semester). Grading will be either pass or fail.

4312 National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty (3-0). This course is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. Special topics of interest focus on national security processes, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, Air Force doctrine and joint military doctrine.  Individual and group presentations, written reports and student-led seminars are expected. (Offered in fall only.)

4314 National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty (3-0). This course is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. Special topics of interest include military justice, war fighting principles, transition to active duty, the military as a profession and current issues affecting the military profession. Individual and group presentations, written reports and student-led seminars are expected. (Offered in spring only.)