Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is an officer training program that allows undergraduate college students to obtain a commissioning into the United States Air Force (USAF) while attending a university of their choosing. It is also a college program that offers elective credit hours towards their undergraduate degrees. It is a four year tiered program that includes academic classes, leadership laboratory, and physical training.
Description: AST 100 is a survey course designed to introduce first year students to the USAF and AFROTC. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the USAF, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, USAF officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.
Description: AST 200 is a course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers the time period from the first dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems of the Global War on Terror. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities and missions to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF. 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 element and employment of air and space power, from an institutional doctrinal and historical perspective. In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force Core Values with the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders and will continue to develop their communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.
Description: AST 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.
Description: AST 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, officership, 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. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.
Aerospace Studies Leadership Laboratory (LLab) is a requisite with AST 100, 200, 300, and 400 courses. LLab is the application of personal leadership skills, demonstration of command, effective communication, individual leadership instruction, physical fitness training, and knowledge of US Air Force customs and courtesies.