The Four Year Program
The four-year program divided into the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officers Course (POC).
The General Military Course is usually taken during the freshman and sophomore years. Sophomores who enter late may take both the freshman and sophomore courses. GMC cadets are allowed to "try out" AFROTC without incurring an obligation to serve in the Air Force. Each class (freshman and sophomore) consists of a one-hour lecture once a week, a 90-minute Leadership Lab and two 75-minute physical fitness sessions.
The goals of GMC classes are to teach leadership and officer skills, Air Force career opportunities, the educational benefits of the Air Force, the life and work of an Air Force Officer, the organization and mission of the United States Air Force, and historic development of aerospace doctrine and strategies.
In the second year of GMC training, cadets compete for selection to go to Field Training and to enter the Professional Officers Corps (POC).
During the summer after your sophomore year, you will participate in field training. This rigorous program involves physical conditioning, weapons training and survival training. But more than that, Field Training is your opportunity to develop your skills as both a leader and team member. Field Training is required for all cadets who seek membership in the Professional Officer Course.
Here are a few of the many activities you will experience during Field Training:
- Physical conditioning
- Marksmanship training
- Survival training
- Air Force specialty orientation
- Confidence course
- Aircraft and crew orientation
- Human relations
- Drill and ceremonies
- Leadership study
- Group and expeditionary leadership activities
GMC cadets who are in the four-year program go to a four-week Field Training Unit. After a cadet successfully completes Field Training, he or she enters the Professional Officers Course. Students in the POC take a three-credit lecture each, a 90-minute Leadership Lab and two 75-minute physical fitness sessions. In the first year of POC, students receive advanced training in leadership, management and communication skills that focus on Air Force situations. In the second year, they examine a broad range of American, domestic and international military relationships and the context in which American National Security policy is developed and carried out.
After graduating from college and completing all Air Force ROTC requirements, cadets are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Most cadets incur a four-year active-duty commitment. Pilots incur a 10- year active-duty service commitment and Combat Systems Officers and Air Battle Managers incur a six-year commitment after completing training.