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


Cadets doing push-ups on UNT's Denton campus

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. 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. The FA consists of a waist measurement, 1 minute of push-ups, 1 minute of sit-ups, and a 1.5-mile timed run. Physical Fitness Charts

Cadets are also required to be within body composition (height/weight) standards.

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.