Academic Curriculum

Typically, a cadet will complete the following curriculum along with their college undergraduate major’s curriculum in a four year time period. However, the program can be accomplished in a minimum of three years if the Freshman and Sophomore courses are taken simultaneously. While enrolled in the program, cadets must maintain full-time student status which translates into completing a minimum of 12 credits per semester (fall and spring) for a grade.

Freshmen Year (1 credit each course)

Foundations of the US Air Force I – AFSC 110 (Fall Semester)

Foundations of the US Air Force II – AFSC 111 (Spring Semester)


AS 100 is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and encourage participation in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Featured Topics

  • Overview of ROTC
  • Special programs offered through ROTC
  • Mission and organization of the Air Force
  • Brief history of the Air Force
  • Introduction to leadership and leadership related issues
  • Air Force Core Values
  • Air Force officer opportunities
  • An introduction to communication studies

Leadership Laboratory

Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

Course Objectives

The AS100 student should:

    • know what AFROTC and the Air Force have to offer potential entrants, as well as the expectations the Air Force will set concerning core values and leadership
    • have a basic knowledge of what role the Air Force plays and how it is organized to support national objectives
    • demonstrate basic communicative skills


Sophomore Year (1 credit each course)

Evolution of USAF Aerospace Power I – AFSC 210 (Fall Semester)

Evolution of USAF Aerospace Power II – AFSC 211 (Spring Semester)


AS 200 is designed to examine general aspects of air and space power from a historical perspective. The course covers the period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age systems of the Global War on Terror. Historical examples are provided to show the development of Air Force distinctive capabilities (previously referred to as core competencies), and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension, e.g., principles of war and tenets of air and space power.

As a whole, this course provides the students with a knowledge-level understanding for the general employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective. In addition, what the students learned about the Air Force Core Values in AS100 will be reinforced through the use of operational examples, and they will complete several writing and briefing assignments to meet Air Force communication skills requirements.

Course Objectives

The AS 200 student should:

  • Know the key terms and definitions used to describe air and space power
  • Understand the events, leaders, and technical developments that led to the evolution and employment of USAF air and space power
  • Demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills
  • Know the Air Force Core Values and examples of their use throughout the evolution of USAF air and space power.

Junior Year (3 credits each course)

USAF Leadership Studies I – AFSC 310 (Fall Semester)

USAF Leadership Studies II – AFSC 311 (Spring Semester)


AS 300 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles of this course.

Course Objectives

The AS 300 cadet should:

  • Comprehend selected individual leadership skills and personal strengths and weaknesses as applied in an Air Force environment
  • Comprehend the responsibility and authority of an Air Force officer, the Air Force officer’s responsibilities in the counseling and feedback process, and the selected duties and responsibilities as a subordinate leader
  • Comprehend and apply concepts of ethical behavior as well as comprehend the selected concepts, principles, and theories of quality in Air Force leadership and management
  • Apply listening, speaking, and writing skills in Air Force-particular formats and situations with accuracy, clarity, and appropriate style.

Senior Year (3 credits each course)

National Security Affairs I – AFSC 410 (Fall Semester)

National Security Affairs II – AFSC 411 (Spring Semester)


AS 400 examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officer ship, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills.

Course Objectives

The AS 400 cadet should:

  • Comprehend the basic elements of national security policy and process
  • Comprehend the air and space power functions and competencies
  • Comprehend selected roles of the military in society and current issues affecting the military profession as well as selected provisions of the military justice system
  • Comprehend the responsibility, authority, and functions of an Air Force commander.
  • Apply listening, speaking, and writing skills in Air Force-peculiar formats and situations with accuracy, clarity, and appropriate style
  • Comprehend the factors, which facilitate a smooth transition from civilian to military life.

Leadership Lab Curriculum


*taken in conjunction with academic class, 0 credit, Pass/Fail


AS100 (Freshmen) Cadets

Leadership Lab (LLAB) for the Initial Military Training (IMT) cadets is a recruiting and retention tool. It is an informative and motivational experience, one that inspires cadets to continue to pursue the AFROTC program and an Air Force commission. The focus should be on activities that promote the Air Force way of life and help effectively recruit and retain qualified cadets.

The purpose of the IMT LLAB is threefold.

  1. LLAB provides new cadets with basic skills and knowledge needed to be a functional member of the cadet corps.
  2. LLAB provides the IMT cadet with information they can use to determine whether or not they wish to continue with the AFROTC program and subsequently pursue an Air Force commission.
  3. LLAB provides IMT cadets with activities designed to build camaraderie and esprit de corps, as well as help them develop leadership, followership and teamwork skills.

AS200 (Sophomore) Cadets

The Field Training Preparation (FTP) program provides training to ensure every cadet is mentally and physically prepared for the rigorous field training environment. In coordination with AFROTC/DOT (Field Training Staff), the FTP curriculum specifies a set of skills all cadets must learn prior to attending field training.

AS300 (Junior) Cadets

LLAB provides intermediate cadet leaders, typically AS300 cadets, the opportunity to further develop the leadership and followership skills learned at field training. Every cadet position should provide the intermediate cadet leaders the opportunity to sharpen their planning, organizational, and communication skills, as well as their ability to effectively use resources to accomplish a mission in a constructive learning environment.

AS400 (Senior) Cadets

LLAB for senior cadet leaders (SCL), typically AS400 cadets, provides precommissioning cadets with additional opportunities to develop leadership and supervisory capabilities and prepares them for their first active duty assignment. Like the ICL development program, there will be ample opportunity to develop and receive feedback on those leadership skills they will be expected to possess when they arrive at their first duty station. The SCL LLAB program is also designed to provide prospective officers with the basic active duty survival skills.

Interested or Have Additional Questions? Contact our Recruiting Flight Commander for more information and answers regarding the program Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at (302) 831-2863, or via email.