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AFROTC Curriculum

Air Force ROTC at the University of Tennessee is a great way to earn your commission as an officer in the US Air Force. Our program is designed to develop the skills and traits you will need as one of tomorrow’s leaders. Combined with the opportunities available through the Cadet Corps, you’ll find the combination of training here second to none.

Overview

In your first two years, you’ll be in the General Military Course (GMC) and will be assigned to a flight. You’ll learn the basics of being an Air Force ROTC cadet while participating in activities varying from drill and physical training to base visits and leadership projects. As a sophomore, you’ll have the opportunity to further develop your leadership abilities and begin preparation for Field Training, an intensive four-week “boot camp” during the summer before your junior year. All cadets must successfully complete Field Training before being commissioned through AFROTC.

By your junior year, you’ve made it through Field Training and demonstrated your potential to lead airmen! You’re now classified as a Professional Officer Course (POC) cadet and will have a role in running the cadet wing. For your junior and senior years, you’ll refine your knowledge of leadership, whether you’re in direct command of cadets or in a support role on the cadet staff. During this phase you’ll apply for the career field(s) you’re interested in pursuing after you graduate. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be appointed by the president of the United States, take the oath of office, and be sworn in as an officer in the US Air Force.

Freshman Cadet Courses

In the first year of the AFROTC program, cadets are introduced to officership concepts and the Air Force way of life. Cadets must enroll in Air Force Aerospace Studies (AFAS) 101 and 103 for fall semester and AFAS 102 and 104 for spring semester.

AFAS 101/102 The Foundations of the United States Air Force
Survey that focuses on the organizational structure and missions of the Air Force, officership, professionalism and includes an introduction to military communication skills. (1 credit hour)

Instructor: Capt. Ferguson

AFAS 103/104 Leadership Laboratory
Includes a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and giving military commands; instructing, correcting, and evaluating the preceding skills; studying the environment of an Air Force officer; learning about opportunities available to commissioned officers; and physical training. (1 credit hour)

Instructor: Cadet staff

Sophomore Cadet Courses

In the second year, cadets are exposed to the rich history of aviation and its impact on warfare. Cadets must enroll in AFAS 201 and 203 for fall semester and AFAS 202 and 204 for spring semester.

AFAS 201/202 The Development of Air Power
Focuses on factors contributing to the development of air power from its earliest beginnings through two world wars; the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine; and an assessment of communicative skills.(1 credit hour)

Instructor: Lt. Col. Lancaster

AFAS 203/204 Leadership Laboratory
Includes a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and giving military commands; instructing, correcting, and evaluating the preceding skills; studying the environment of an Air Force officer; learning about opportunities available to commissioned officers; and physical training. (1 credit hour)

Instructor: Cadet staff

Junior Cadet Courses

During the third year, the focus for POC cadets is on leadership principles. Cadets are placed in positions within the Cadet Wing where they gain valuable leadership experience. Cadets must enroll in AFAS 301 and 303 for fall semester and AFAS 302 and 304 for spring semester.

AFAS 301/302 Air Force Leadership and Management
Study of leadership and quality management fundamentals, professional knowledge, leadership ethics, and communicative skills required of an Air Force 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. (3 credit hours)

Instructor: Capt. Wilson

AFAS 303/304 Leadership Laboratory
Includes a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and giving military commands; instructing, correcting, and evaluating the preceding skills; studying the environment of an Air Force officer; learning about opportunities available to commissioned officers; and physical training. (No credit)

Instructor: Cadet staff

Senior Cadet Courses

During the fourth and final year, cadets are exposed to unique leadership challenges and demonstrate their abilities and potential to lead. Cadets must enroll in AFAS 401 and 403 for fall semester and AFAS 402 and 404 for spring semester. (Note: Cadets majoring in engineering may complete a fifth year in the program while completing their degree requirements.)

AFAS 401/402 National Security Affairs and Preparation For Active Duty
Examines the need for national security; analyzes the evolution and formulation of the American defense policy, strategy, and joint doctrine; investigates the methods for managing conflict; and provides an overview of regional security, arms control, and terrorism. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, the military justice system, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to the refinement of communicative skills. (3 credit hours)

Instructor: Lt. Col. Lancaster

AFAS 403/404 Leadership Laboratory
Includes a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and giving military commands; instructing, correcting, and evaluating the preceding skills; studying the environment of an Air Force officer; learning about opportunities available to commissioned officers; and physical training. (No credit)

Instructor: Cadet staff

Attention Sophomores

It’s not too late to join!

Air Force ROTC is a four-year program, but there are ways to complete the program in less time. Contact us for specifics.

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