The curriculum of the Air Force ROTC program provides professional leadership preparation for future Air Force officers. It is designed to assist men and women to apply their total college experience toward responsible service in a leadership role as a commissioned officer.
The AFROTC curriculum is divided into two major programs: the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). The GMC is offered during the freshman and sophomore years. Course work in the GMC deals with the structure, doctrine, and function of the Air Force; communicative skills; and the historical role of airpower.
Admission to the advanced course (POC) is on a competitive basis. To enroll in the POC, a student must pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), pass an Air Force physical examination, meet physical fitness standards, qualify academically, successfully complete the AFROTC field training program, and be selected by a board of Air Force officers. The first year of the POC deals with leadership theory and practice, Air Force management theory and practice, and other aspects of being a professional officer. The second and final year of the POC addresses a broad range of civil/military relations, and the overall social and political context in which U.S. defense policy is formulated and effected.
Leadership Laboratory meets one period per week for two hours throughout the student’s enrollment in Air Force ROTC. Instruction is conducted within the framework of an Air Force organization with a progression of experience designed to develop each student’s leadership potential. The cadet physical training program is an essential part of leadership laboratory and is mandatory for all cadets. A detailed introduction and orientation to life on an active Air Force base occurs during a field encampment between the student’s sophomore and junior years.