Schedule in AFROTC

AFROTC Curriculum

Curriculum Components

The Air Force ROTC curriculum has three central components: academic classes, the leadership laboratory (LLab), and physical training (PT). Each semester, cadets are required to register for both an aerospace studies course and the leadership laboratory, and they are also expected to attend physical training.

Academic Classes

1 or 3 Credits/Semester

Each semester, cadets take a specified aerospace studies course in conjunction with the leadership laboratory and physical training.

Information on each aerospace course topic follows:

Year One—Foundations of US Air Force I and II
Year Two—History of US Air and Space Power I and II
Year Three—Leadership Studies I and II
Year Four—National Security Affairs I and II

Leadership Laboratory—Hands-on Training

2 Hours/Week

Leadership Laboratory (LLab) is a weekly two-hour, hands-on portion of training. It is planned and led by Professional Officer Course cadets and actively involves all cadets. Activities include drills and ceremonies, leadership studies, leadership-building exercises, guest speakers, and field trips. Past LLabs done by Detachment 400 include a marching photo scavenger hunt, high ropes course, and paintball exercises.

Physical Training

2–3 Hours/Week

Physical Training (PT) is an hour-long activity held twice a week in the morning. Activities include group cardio, warrior runs, and game days featuring flicker ball or Ultimate Frisbee. Cadets also must complete a Physical Training Assessment each semester during PT, based on performance in push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5-mile run.

Cadets may count Air Force PT as a cocurricular activity, but will only receive credit once. There are additional options to receive Michigan Tech cocurricular credit for other offered Air Force courses, such as Elite Forces Workout and Precision Drill Team (these courses do not replace normal PT).

Program Courses and Advancement

While completing course work for your degree at Michigan Tech, you will also complete the Air Force ROTC curriculum requirements below.

General Military Course

Your first two years as an ROTC cadet are spent as a member of the General Military Course (GMC). During these years you will gain basic knowledge and followership skills essential to military life.

GMC CadetsFirst Year (AS100)Second Year (AS200)
 FallSpringFallSpring
Required CoursesAF1001AF1002AF2001AF2002
Other RequirementsPhysical Training
Leadership Lab
Physical Training
Leadership Lab
OptionalPrecision Drill
Team
Elite Forces
Workout
Precision Drill
Team
Elite Forces
Workout
Estimated Hours/Week6666

During the first and second years, optional summer programs may be available.

Field Training

Once you complete your GMC training, you compete for a chance to attend Field Training and proceed into the Professional Officer Course (POC). Field Training is a required, four-week summer course that has a competitive selection process and is located at an assigned Air Force base. Selection rates vary each year according to the needs of the Air Force, and criteria include

  • college major;
  • GPA;
  • test scores (AFOQT/SAT/ACT);
  • commander's ranking; and
  • physical fitness assessment score.

Professional Officer Course

Professional Officer Course (POC) students receive training focused on leadership, management, and officership and are put into leadership positions within the cadet organization.

POC CadetsThird Year (AS300)Fourth Year (AS400)
 FallSpringFallSpring
Required CoursesAF3001AF3002AF4001AF4002
Other RequirementsPhysical Training
Leadership Lab
Physical Training
Leadership Lab
OptionalPrecision Drill
Team
Elite Forces
Workout
Precision Drill
Team
Elite Forces
Workout
Estimated Hours/Week9999

During the third and fourth years, optional summer programs may be available.