Two formats for AFROTC program completion are available: a four-year candidate program and a two-year candidate program.
Four-Year Program. The first two years of the four-year candidate
program are called the General Military Course (GMC) and are voluntary.
The GMC is designed to acquaint the new college student with the Air
Enrollment in the GMC does not place the student under
any military service obligation. Requirements for the GMC include
03:690: 121,122 and 221,222 scheduled for one hour per week over the
first four terms. In addition, Leadership Laboratory (03:690:171,172
and 271,272) is scheduled each week. One academic credit is awarded for
the classroom work in each term of the GMC.
Four-year candidates must attend a four-week field training encampment prior to their junior year.
During his or her sophomore year, the student may apply for entrance
into the Professional Officer Course (POC). The POC is contractual and
is scheduled during the junior and senior years. Obligations include
enlisting in the Air Force Reserve, completion of degree requirements,
and acceptance of a commission in the U.S. Air Force Reserve if
tendered. Term requirements for the POC include attendance at
Leadership Laboratory and class attendance. The POC courses are
03:690:323,324, 371,372, 423,424, and 471,472. Three academic credits
are awarded for the classroom work in each term of the POC. Students
who successfully complete the POC are commissioned as second
lieutenants in the Air Force upon graduation and have an initial active
duty obligation of four years. This active duty period is longer for
pilots and navigators.
Two-Year Program. The two-year
candidate program offers college sophomores, who have two full academic
years remaining, an opportunity to catch up with their contemporaries
and complete the AFROTC program. Two-year candidates attend six weeks
of field training during the summer between their sophomore and junior
years of college. The additional weeks for two-year program candidates
provide the academic background normally given in the GMC.