Air Force ROTC cadets are required to take 16 credits of Air Force subjects to prepare them as officers. The 16 credits are taught by Det 490's staff of Air Force officers and are in addition to the school's requirement for the student's selected bachelor degree. The classes are listed below.
As 111 — Foundation of the US Air Force (1st Year / Fall)
1 credit. Explores the mission and organizational structure of the United States Air Force. Introduces the student to Reserve Officer Training Corps by examining air power, customs and courtesies, officership, and core values. Examines Air Force opportunities, benefits, career choices, and installations which provides information needed to determine whether or not to pursue a career as an Air Force officer. An introduction to effective communication is included.
As 112 — Foundation of the US Air Force II (1st Year / Spring)
1 credit. Continues with the mission and organizational structure of the Air Force. A macro view of U.S. military history is introduced with emphasis on U.S. air power. Air Force communications is developed with emphasis on interpersonal communications, oral communications, and written communications. Leadership abilities are developed through group leadership problems and Leadership Laboratory.
AS 221 — Evolution of USAF & Space Power (2nd Year / Fall)
1 credit. Examines the development of air power from its earliest beginnings to the present, including in-depth examination of World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Cold War, and Desert Storm. Traces the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine and continues to develop leadership abilitiies through Leadership Laboratory.
AS 222 — Evolution of USAF & Space Power II (2nd Year / Spring)
1 credit. Emphasizes the concepts and skills required by the Air Force officer including oral communications, Air Force quality, leadership, followship, ethics, and values. Continues to develop leadership abilities through group leadership problems and Leadership Laboratory.
AS 333 — Leadership/Management I (3rd Year / Fall)
3 credits. Emphasizes the concepts and skills required by the successful management and leader. Curriculum includes individual motivational and behavioral processes, leadership, communication, and group dynamics, providing the foundation for developing the junior officer's professional skills. Course material stresses decision making and the use of analytic aids in planning, organizing, and controlling in a changing environment. Develops communication skills through writing and speaking exercises.
AS 334 — Leadership Lab (3rd Year / Spring)
3 credits. Organizational and personal ethics, management of change, organizational power, politics, and managerial strategy are discussed within the context of the military. Actual Air Force case studies are used throughout the course.
AS 443 — National Security Affairs/Prep ACT (4th Year / Fall)
3 credits. Focusing on the U.S. Armed Forces as an integral element of American society. This course examines a wide variety of topics concerning American civil and military relations and the environment in which U.S. defense policy is formulated. Specific topics include the role of the professional officer in a democratic society, socialization processes within the American mlitary forces, and the requisites for maintaining adequate national security forces. A special emphasis is placed on further refining the student's communicatons skills in the context of the course material.
AS 444 — Preparation for Active Duty (4th Year / Spring)
3 credits. Focuses on the role of the Air Force officer while on active duty. Includes responsibilities as an officer, a commander, a leader, and a manager. Topics include a review of military law, nonjudicial punishment, role of the staff judge advocate, laws of armed conflict, military ethics, officer professional development, an officer's social responsibilities, fraterniation, personal finances, staff work, and Air Force base services and activities. Concludes with a review of the Air Force Core Values.