AFROTC cadets are required to take 18-20 credit hours of Aerospace Studies courses through AFROTC to prepare them for a commission in the USAF. These academic courses are taught by the officer Cadre on staff. These courses are in addition to the colleges' degree requirements for the student's specific Bachelor's degree. The following is a summary of the courses offered and the sequence that they must be taken:
|Academic Year||Credit Hour||Course Title|
|1st||2 (1 credit hr per semester)||Heritage and Values|
|2nd||2 (1 credit hr per semester)||Team & Leadership Fundamentals|
|3rd||8 (4 credit hr per semester)||Leadership Studies|
|4th||8 (4 credit hr per semester)||National Security Affairs/Prep for Active Duty|
1st Year - AERO 1030 (Fall) & 1040 (Spring)
Heritage and Values (General Military Course)
This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provides an introduction to the Air Force. The course allows students to examine general aspects of the Department of the Air Force, AF Leadership, Air Force benefits, and opportunities for AF officers. The course also lays the foundation for becoming an Airman by outlining our heritage and values. As a foundational course, AS100 also provides a historical perspective such as lessons on war and US military, AF operations, principles of war, and airpower (see the complete lesson list below). As a whole, this course provides students with a knowledge-level understanding for the employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective. The students will be introduced to the Air Force way of life and gain knowledge on what it means to be an Airman.
2nd Year - AERO 2030 (Fall) & 2040 (Spring)
Team & Leadership Fundamentals (General Military Course)
This is a survey course designed to provide a fundamental understanding of both leadership and team building. It is imperative that cadets are taught from the beginning that there are many layers to leadership, including aspects that don't always jump to mind. Such things include listening, understanding themselves, being a good follower and problem solving efficiently. The students will apply these leadership perspectives when completing team building activities and discussing things like conflict management.
3rd Year - AERO 3310 (Fall) & 3320 (Spring)
Leadership Studies (Professional Officer Course)
A study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and the communication skills expected of Company Grade Officers (junior officers). Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical applications of the concepts studied.
4th Year - AERO 4310 (Fall) & 4320 (Spring)
National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty (Professional Officer Course)
This is a survey course designed to examine the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Additional topics include officership, the military as a profession, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military personnel. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to building strong communication skills.
Physical Training (PT)
All cadets participate in PT at least 2x/week and must attend at least 80% of sessions to remain in the program. All cadets are required to attend PT at UNT following leadership lab on Thurs afternoon. Unit PT is a combination of strength and cardio training designed to expose cadets to the lifestyle they must adopt to be successful Air Force officers.
In addition to weekly PT, the Air Force ROTC fitness assessment (FA) is administered at least once a semester. The AFROTC FA is the exact same test as the Air Force FA administered to all active duty personnel. Every cadet must attempt the FA each semester and must pass by the end of the Fall AS200 semester to continue in the program. The FA consists of the following components:
- Height/weight measurement
- Waist measurement
- 1 minute, push-ups
- 1 minute, crunches
- 1.5 mile timed run
All events are conducted on the same day; the body composition (height/weight and waist measurement) will be conducted first in the detachment, followed by the one minute of push-ups, one minute of crunches, and finally the 1.5 mile run. A small break of no more than three minutes is allowed between the push-ups, crunches and run. All physical events are normally conducted on the Fouts Field track on-campus.
Leadership Laboratory (LLAB)
In Air Force ROTC, you will not only develop your knowledge and skills as a leader in the classroom, you will also apply them for two hours per week in the Leadership Laboratory. There, you'll develop your demonstration of command, effective communication, and knowledge of military customs and courtesies. Leadership Laboratory is an excellent environment to improve your verbal communication, planning and organizational skills. You'll also gain valuable hands-on management experience with your peers. Here are just a few of the Leadership Laboratory topics: customs and courtesies, critical thinking/problem solving exercises, effective time management, standardization, drill and ceremonies, leadership studies, Air Force officer careers, leadership-building exercises, and Air Force traditions.
The Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT) is a commissioning requirement for all cadets. It is a standardized test similar to the SAT with additional sections testing a student's knowledge of aviation and other flight-related knowledge. The AFOQT is typically administered early in the cadet's second year and each cadet will have an opportunity to take the test twiceto pass the test. Freshman cadets may take the AFOQT at the end of the Spring semester to establish a standardized test score for future scholarship applications, if necessary. A passing score may be required to be nominated for Filed Training. This test is administered at the Detachment by our Testing Officer within the first few weeks of the Fall semester to 200s and 250s. Cadets are not permitted to group study nor share commericial study guides and/or study notes. Please review test information and official study guide here.
Field Training (FT)
All AFROTC cadets attend FT in the summer between their second and third year. FT is AFROTC's version of "basic training", but FT will not just test a cadet's ability to perform under stress, it is meant to evaluate military discipline and Air Force officer leadership potential. This is a cadet's final evaluation in leadership, followership, and teambuilding before they will be allowed to enter the Professional Officer Course. FT is two to three weeks long and takes place at Maxwell AFB, AL.