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AFROTC Courses



Heritage and Values 


Team and Leadership Fundamentals 


Leading People and Effective Communication 


National Security & Preparation for Active Duty 

General Military Corps (GMC)

The first two years are the GMC. The GMC is generally taken during the freshmen and sophomore years, however shortened programs are available to students based on military service, Civil Air Patrol participation, Junior ROTC completion in high school, etc.. The GMC is a chance to take the Air Force/Space Force out for a test-drive with no commitment (unless under scholarship contract). The time commitment per week consists of a one hour class, two hours of leadership laboratory and two hours of physical training. The GMC provides a solid base of general military concepts and procedures such as: uniform wear, rank structure, reporting to superiors, Air Force/Space Force writing/speaking, etc.

Professional Officer Corps (POC)

After completing GMC requirements, if you wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, you must do so under the requirements of the POC selection system. This system uses factors such as grade point average, physical fitness score, aptitude test scores and the detachment commander’s evaluation to determine if you have officer potential. After selection, during the summer you must successfully complete a two week Field Training course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama before entering the POC. In the POC, you apply what you have learned in the GMC and at Field Training. You manage the cadet corps, design the physical training, and run the leadership laboratories. Emphasis is placed on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include management, communication skills, and national defense policy. Once you have enrolled in the POC, you are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve. This entitles you to a monthly $450-$500 nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year.

Leadership Laboratory

All Air Force and Space Force officers are leaders, supervisors and managers. We prepare cadets for this responsibility in AFROTC during weekly activities which test leadership and people skills. This cadet-centered program allows students to practice the skills learned in class through a variety of activities.


All ISU students have the option to get a Military Leadership Minor. This minor requires 5 additional credit hours in addition to the AFROTC curriculum. For more information consult the ISU Undergraduate Catalog here.

Information current as of 22 January 2024 and is subject to change.