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AFROTC Courses



ARTC 181/182 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools)
Heritage and Values


ARTC 281/282 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools) 
Team and Leadership Fundamentals


ARTC 381/382 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools) 
Leading People/Effective Communication


ARTC 481/482 (See Getting Started page for course numbers at cross town schools) 
National Security/Leadership Responsibilities/Commissioning Preparation

General Military Corps

The first two years are called the General Military Corps (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 Corps (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 two week Field Training course at Maxwell Air Force Base before entering the POC.

Professional Officer Corps

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.


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.

Information current as of 3 July 2019 and is subject to change