Air Force ROTC Curriculum

As future leaders and warriors within the United States Air Force, our cadets must excel in their degree, physical fitness, and leadership experience. They must be well-rounded individuals who understand the history, principles, and future of the world's finest Air Force.

Each semester, cadets learn more about the Air Force and become better prepared for the challenges awaiting them. In addition to the required academic classes, cadets must participate in Leadership Laboratory (Lead Lab).

Lead Lab provides a chance to put academic understanding into practice as cadets apply what they learn to become effective followers as GMC and transform into effective leaders as POC.

Freshman Year: Air Force Organization

Freshman year focuses on providing cadets with a solid understanding of the Air Force's organization, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, and officer career opportunities.

  • As freshmen, cadets must take AF 101 and AF101L and AF 102 and AF 102L.

Sophomore Year: Air and Space History

Sophomore year Air Force classes provide cadets with the necessary background in air and space history. This historical understanding is provided within the framework of continued emphasis on the Air Force core values and officership.

  • As sophomores, cadets must take AF 201 and AF 201L and AF 202 and AF 202L.

Junior Year: Leadership & Management

Junior year focuses on leadership and management traits essential to serving the nation as Air Force officers. Third-year cadets returning from field training are assigned leadership positions within the Cadet Wing, and the corresponding Air Force academic classes serve to better prepare cadets for the challenges awaiting them.

  • As juniors, cadets must take AF 301 and AF 301L and AF 302 and AF302L.

Senior Year: Officer Preparation

Senior year Air Force classes focus on preparing cadets to enter active duty as newly commissioned officers. Topics include regional studies to better prepare cadets for the diverse locations they may deploy to in the course of their careers. Additional subject matter covered in senior year includes Air Force doctrine and military justice.

  • As seniors, cadets must take AF 401 and AF 401L and AF 402 and AF 402L. 

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