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Air Force ROTC Classes - Department of Aerospace Studies

Freshmen

ARTC 181/182 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools)
Foundations of the US Air Force

Sophomore

ARTC 281/282 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools)
The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power

Junior

ARTC 381/382 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools)
Air Force Leadership Studies

Senior

ARTC 481/482 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools)
National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty

General Military Course

The first two years are called the General Military Course (GMC). The GMC is taken during the freshmen and sophomore years. The GMC is a chance to take the Air Force out for a test-drive with no commitment (unless under scholarship contract). The time commitment per week consists of a one hour class, two hours of leadership laboratory and two hours of physical training. After completing GMC requirements, if you wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course (POC), you must do so under the requirements of the POC selection system. This system uses factors such as grade point average, physical fitness score, aptitude test scores and the Detachment Commander’s evaluation to determine if you have officer potential. After selection, during the summer you must successfully complete a four week Field Training course at Maxwell Air Force Base before entering the POC.

Professional Officer Course

In the POC, you apply what you have learned in the GMC and at Field Training. You manage the cadet corps and run the leadership laboratories. Our detachment has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing. Emphasis is placed on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include management, communication skills and national defense policy. And once you've enrolled in the POC, you're enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles you to a monthly $300-$500 nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year.

Leadership Laboratory

All Air Force officers are leaders, supervisors and managers. We prepare cadets for this responsibility in AFROTC during weekly activities which test leadership and people skills. This cadet-centered program allows students to practice the skills learned in class through a variety of activities.

Military Leadership Minor 

All ISU students have the option to get a Military Leadership Minor. This minor requires 5 additional credit hours in addition to the Air Force ROTC curriculum. For more information consult the ISU Undergraduate Catalogue here.