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About Det 005

Browse our 2011 Detachment 005 program brochure (PowerPoint)

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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, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

  • Leadership lessons from former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Chief Bob Gaylor
  • Officer career panels from visiting officers from the Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, AL
  • Spring Group Leadership Project (GLP) at Ft Benning, GA

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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!

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)

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

  • 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 break of no more than five minutes is required between the push-ups, crunches and run.  All physical events are conducted on 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 student 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", but 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 four weeks long and takes place at Maxwell AFB, AL.

Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets were produced by AFROTC:

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.  Contact Kevin Long for more information by email.

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. The John “Boots” Stratford Silver Wings Squadron was honored with the Best Large Squadron distinction at the 2010 AAS & Silver Wings National Convention in New York City.  Contact Kaitlyn Estill for more information.

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.  The 2011 Gamma Cup took place at Auburn University, and participating Detachments included:

  • Clemson University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Tennessee
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tuskegee University
  • Samford University
  • University of Georgia
  • Troy University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Southern Mississippi

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
  • Tug-o-war
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 National Championship Football Season 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Air Force ROTC?

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a commissioning program designed to give college student s the opportunity to train to become Air Force officers while completing their undergraduate degree.  The AFROTC program is designed to prepare men and women to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force.  Air Force ROTC is available at over 700 institutions of higher learning around the country and consists of 145 host institutions, like Auburn University.  Air Force ROTC is a four-year program that can be condensed to three years, if necessary. 
Four-year Program – The General Military Course (GMC) is the first half of the four-year program, and students generally take these courses during their freshman and sophomore year at Auburn University.  This program allows students to "try out" AFROTC for up to two years without incurring any military obligation (EXCEPTION:  scholarship students fall under different rules).  As you attend class, you'll learn about the Air Force and the historical development of airpower in war.  The last two years of AFROTC are called the Professional Officer Course (POC) and are required for all students qualified and wishing to seek commission.  All POC cadets are contracted with the Air Force and obligated to serve active duty following graduation and commissioning.

Must I attend Auburn University to join AFROTC?

In order to enroll in AFROTC classes with Det 005, you must either be a full-time student at Auburn University or Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC).  Since SUSCC is only a two-year college, you must transfer to Auburn University after your first two years of AFROTC in order to complete the program with Detachment 005.

How to I apply for AFROTC at Auburn University?

Application into AFROTC at Auburn University begins with enrollment into your first classes, AIRF 1010/1011.  All freshmen will enroll in these classes, but sophomore and transfer students will need to speak with the Recruiting Flight Commander to lay out the remainder of your academic plan to graduation and commissioning.  Contact the detachment to make an appointment – 334-844-4355.

Can I still enroll in AFROTC if I didn't join my freshman year?

The program requires a minimum of six semesters to get a student to commissioning.  You will have to sit down with the Recruiting Flight Commander to see how many credit hours you have left in your undergraduate degree.  As long as you have six semesters worth of credit hours left in your degree program, you can join the program as an AS250 student and take your AS100 and 200 classes at the same time.  You cannot complete your undergraduate degree and pursue graduate courses in order to reach six semesters.

I am transferring to Auburn University.  Can I still join AFROTC?

The same rules apply to transfer students as does rules for Auburn students not previously enrolled in AFROTC. We need a minimum of six semesters to get students all the way through the AFROTC curriculum.  For specific questions, contact the Recruiting Flight Commander – 334-844-4355.

Am I committed to serve in the Air Force once I join?

The only time anyone in the program incurs a commitment to the Air Force is if they have signed a contract with the Air Force.  Contracts are only signed to accept an AFROTC scholarship or for a student to join the POC following Field Training.  All other students can walk away from the program at any time without incurring a financial or military obligation.

What is Leadership Lab (LLAB)?

Leadership Lab is a cadet-run program taken each semester of cadet participation in AFROTC.  POC, or upper class, cadets plan, manage, and execute LLAB activities each week.  LLAB is a two-hour course that you will register for each semester with Auburn University.  It is a pass/fail course with the university and requires successful completion in order to move forward in the AFROTC program.  In short, LLAB is the hands-on version of what you learn about in your Air Force class.

What is Field Training?

Field Training is AFROTC's version of "boot camp" with a heavy leadership component.  Students will be put under stress, have their military discipline tested, and challenge their emerging leadership abilities.  Field Training is four weeks long and takes place between a student's second and third year in the program.  Not every student will attend Field Training; students must compete against cadets from around the country who also want to attend Field Training.  For those selected to attend, your transportation to and from the encampment (at Maxwell AFB, AL) will be paid for, and you will receive a small stipend per day of training.

What are the qualifications to participate in AFROTC?

To qualify for the General Military Course (your first two years in AFROTC), you must:

  • Be a full-time student at Auburn University or SUSCC (12 semester credit hours, minimum)
  • Be a United States citizen (to contract with the Air Force)
  • Meet Air Force ROTC height/weight standards
  • Have good moral character
  • Be at least 14 years old (17 to contract with the Air Force) but not older than 30 years old by the time you commission
Are there any requirements/standards that I need to meet as a cadet in AFROTC?

You must maintain these standards while in Air Force ROTC:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Be in good academic standing with the college and Air Force ROTC
  • Make satisfactory progress toward degree requirements to graduate when contracted and in the major you selected to enter the POC (changes must be approved)
  • Attend POC classes and Leadership Lab.
  • Wear your uniform to Leadership Laboratory and to AFROTC classes as directed by your AFROTC instructor
  • Meet the same dress and appearance standards as active duty personnel, including haircuts
  • Remain physically qualified, and maintain required physical fitness and weight standards
  • Comply with the Air Force drug abuse policy
  • Enlist in the Obligated Reserve Section of the Air Force Reserve

After graduating from college and completing all Air Force ROTC requirements, you'll be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Non-flying officers serve 4 years on active duty, navigators serve 6 years after training, and pilots serve 10 years after training.

Can I still participate in AFROTC if I did not receive a scholarship?

Yes, absolutely!  Most students who enter the program do so without a scholarship.  We will work hard to qualify you for potential in-college scholarships, if you so desire.

When do I know what job I will be doing for the Air Force as an officer?

You will compete in a selection process that rank orders you amongst all the cadets seeking Air Force jobs in your graduation year.  The factors to be used will include your AFOQT scores, your field training performance rating, your GPA, your academic major, your Physical Fitness Assessment score and the Detachment Commander's rating. You will also be asked to rank order your desired career fields in the Air Force, and YES, they do look at your preferences. You will know your specific Air Force job category approximately one year before you are commissioned.

What career fields are available for officers?

The Air Force is in the business of flying, but not everyone in the Air Force flies planes. Besides pilots and navigators, there are missile launch officers, airfield management, pre-health, nursing, technical and non-technical career fields. Nearly every career area found in the civilian economy is also found in the Air Force.  To get a better idea of how many jobs are available to you, see the main Air Force website at

How do I get my uniforms?

Uniforms are free of charge and will be issued to students while they are in the GMC portion of the course.

When will I wear my uniform?

You're required to wear your uniform on the day you have Leadership Lab (Thursday) as well as during your weekly ROTC class period. There are also certain military social events (Military Ball, Dining-Out, etc.) that require uniform wear.

How much time is involved in Air Force ROTC?

Your weekly requirements with AFROTC will amount to 5-6 hours of time at the Detachment.  You can put as little or as much time into Air Force ROTC as you want beyond that, as long as you satisfy all academic, Leadership Laboratory, and physical fitness requirements. The ROTC staff knows your studies are critical for your success in college, your success in the ROTC program, and your success in the future.

Can I pursue a graduate education after I'm commissioned?

The Air Force is education-oriented and financially supports graduate studies. You can apply for the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) to earn an advanced degree on full scholarship.  Additionally, most bases have graduate college programs, and you may apply for the tuition assistance program that pays for $250 per semester credit hour of the tuition cost.

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Last Updated: Dec. 01, 2014

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