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Leadership Lab



Leadership Lab (LLAB) is a two-hour course that works in conjunction with your regular Air Force academic class.  LLAB provides you with the "hands-on" practice in leadership that you previously learned in the classroom.  Your experiences in Leadership Lab will prepare you for your career as a commissioned officer. 
Just as you take a chemistry lab as part of your chemistry class, so will you take Leadership Lab in the AFROTC program.  At Auburn University, LLAB is built into your academic schedule and currently meets every Thursday, 1400 to 1600 hours.

All LLABs are planned, organized, and conducted by Professional Officer Course cadets with oversight from the Det 005 Cadre. Previous LLAB activities included:

  • Wing Exercises oriented around team building
  • Learning small unit tactics from US Army Sergeant Day
  • Officer career panels from visiting officers from the Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, AL
  • Navigation training

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Physical Training

All cadets are required to participate in Physical Training (PT) as part of the Leadership Lab (LLAB).  PT attendance is required on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 0600-0700. Cadets must attend both sessions to meet their weekly AFROTC requirement.  PT is another opportunity for POC cadets (Juniors and Seniors) to lead. 

PT activities vary from day to day.  Expect an exciting workout that will build up your strength and endurance in preparation for the Air Force PT test that is administered each semester.  Workouts include cardiovascular circuits, ability group runs, athletic competitions by class, and cadet-lead workouts based on today's most effective fitness trends like P-90X®, Crossfit®, and the Insanity ® Workout.  If you are not in shape, get ready to get in shape!

Fitness Assessment (FA)

The FA is administered by the Detachment Cadre once a semester. The AFROTC FA is the same as the Air Force Fitness Test administered to all active duty personnel. The FA consists of the following assessments:

  • Height/weight measurement
  • Waist measurement
  • 1 minute of push-ups
  • 1 minute of 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 break of no more than five minutes is required between the push-ups, crunches and run.  All physical events are conducted at the old track on campus.   

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AFROTC cadets are required to take 16 credit hours of Aerospace Studies courses through AFROTC to prepare them for a commission in the USAF.  These academic courses are accredited with Auburn University and 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 Hours

Course Title


2 (1 credit hr per semester)

Foundations of the Air Force


2 (1 credit hr per semester)

Evolution of Air & Space Power


6 (3 credit hrs per semester)



6 (3 credit hrs per semester)

National Security Affairs/Prep for Active Duty

1st Year – AIRF 1010 (Fall) & 1020 (Spring)
The Foundations of the U.S. Air Force (General Military Course)
This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC).  Featured topics include mission and organization of the Air Force, Air Force Core Values, officership and professionalism, leadership principles, group leadership dynamics, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer career opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills.

2nd Year – AIRF 2010 (Fall) & 2020 (Spring)
The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power (General Military Course)
This course is designed to examine the historical significance of air and space power.  Students will explore the importance of early flight experiments, the introduction of air power in war, and the evolution of air doctrine to current operations.  In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force core values, through the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders. 

3rd Year – AIRF 3010 (Fall) & 3020 (Spring)
Air Force 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 – AIRF 4010 (Fall) & 4020 (Spring)
National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty (Professional Officer Course)
Examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine.  Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism.  Continued emphasis is given to the refinement of communication skills.

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Additional Information

AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualification Test)

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 administered in the cadet's second year prior to Field Training, and each student will have two chances to pass the test. A passing grade is required to be nominated for Field Training.  This test is administered at the detachment by our Testing Officer.

Field Training

All AFROTC cadets must attend field training in the summer between their second and third year.  Field training is AFROTC's version of "basic training". Field Training will not just test a cadet's ability to perform under stress, it is meant to evaluate military discipline and Air Force 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.  Field Training is 23 days long and takes place at Maxwell AFB, AL. However the length of Field Training can vary each year.

The following four programs are for active duty Air Force enlisted members. For additional information about these programs, see your base Education Office:

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Arnold Air Society

The Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a professional, honorary, service organization advocating the support of aerospace power.  AAS is open to officer candidates in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). In addition to AFROTC commitments, AAS members must complete candidate training, attend meetings, and contribute to their respective Squadrons and ROTC Detachments. Doing so enhances the officer candidate experience of cadets as well as builds stronger leadership, organizational, and professional skills.

Silver Wings

Silver Wings was established as a national organization in the year 1957 but first began in 1952 at the University of Omaha.  Silver Wings' is a Civilian Professional Service Organization, and its purpose is to build leadership skills, citizenship, and help develop students' professional skills.  Silver Wings is a sister organization to Arnold Air Society, and together they encompass Air Force ROTC cadets and civilian students.  Silver Wings works on several community service projects throughout the academic.  Being a part of this organization is a great way to learn about the United States Air Force and build friendships with future Air Force officers.

Detachment 005 Honor Guard

Detachment 005's Honor Guard is an AFROTC organization, representative of military drill and ceremonies. As a member of the Honor Guard, you will represent Air Force ROTC in Joint color guards, honorary occasions, memorial services, and military commissioning ceremonies. The Honor Guard demonstrates military excellence through both rifle and saber skills and practices the prolific traditions of the United States Air Force.

Gamma Cup

Gamma Cup is an athletic competition between AFROTC Detachments from various parts of the country. This event takes place each spring and is typically hosted by the previous year's winner.  Athletic events for Gamma Cup include:

  • 5K Run
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Track events
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Commander’s Cup

Commander’s Cup is an inter-service competition between the Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC Detachments at Auburn University.

Football Flags

Each home football Auburn University request the assistance from all detachments at Auburn University to carry the flags of each of the 50 states.  During the 2010 and 2013 National Championship Football Seasons at Auburn, our students received the unique opportunity to perform flag duties on the field at the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.  All cadets in good standing can volunteer for this important job and help to carry out an Auburn tradition!



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AFROTC offers scholarships for cadets participating in AFROTC. More information on AFROTC scholarships and to apply for AFROTC scholarships can be found at

  • All scholarships include $600 annual book allowance.
  • All scholarships include a monthly stipend of amounts that vary based class year.

There are three categories of scholarships:

  • High School Scholarships

  • Enlisted Scholarships

  • In College Scholarships
    • The In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP) is open to AFROTC program college freshmen and sophomores; eligible applicants are nominated for ICSP scholarships by their school's AFROTC detachment commander. Nominees are rank-ordered based on their leadership ability, grades, fitness and overall participation in the AFROTC program. HQ AFROTC makes the final decision and awards scholarships. The nomination deadlines are established by HQ AFROTC.

For additional information on Financial Aid at Auburn University, see these helpful links:

Last Updated: Feb. 26, 2015

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