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Leadership Lab

During Leadership Laboratory (LLAB), you'll learn the basics of drill, receive briefings of necessary knowledge to the operational Air Force, and engage in activities that further enhance your followership and leadership. LLAB at Detachment 510 is done in a two hour block every Wednesday. As part of LLAB, all cadets are required to wear an issued uniform or civilian equivalent while on UNM campus.

Aerospace Classes

As you progress through your cadet life, you'll find the Aerospace Studies Courses will alter to correspond more to active duty the closer you near commisioning. These classes begin with Initial Military Knowledge then progress into combining political sciences and world studies to taylor the knowledge of current real world issues an new officer will be faced with

Physical Training

Physical Training occurs on both mornings and afternoons of Tuesday and Thursday. Cadets are required to partake in two sessions per week from the available four. These activities involve cardiovascular training along with calisthenics. A cadet Physical Fitness officer is appointed every semester and is charged with ensuring cadets are ready for their Physical Fitness Test. One or more cadre members are present at this event to ensure safety of operations.

Four-Year Program

Air Force ROTC consists of four years of military education. The first two years of the program, taken during your freshman and sophomore years, is called the General Military Course (GMC) and allows you to try out Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation, unless you are on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. As you attend class, you'll learn more about the Air Force and the historical development of air power. The last two years are called the Professional Officer Course (POC). These junior- and senior-level classes cover leadership skills and national defense policy and are intended to prepare you to serve as an active-duty Air Force officer.

As future leaders and warriors within the United States Air Force, our cadets must excel in their degree, physical fitness, and leadership experience. They must be well-rounded individuals who understand the history, principles, and future of the world's finest Air Force.

Each semester, cadets learn more about the Air Force and become better prepared for the challenges awaiting them. In addition to the required academic classes, cadets must participate in Leadership Laboratory (Lead Lab).

Lead Lab provides a chance to put academic understanding into practice as cadets apply what they learn to become effective followers as GMC and transform into effective leaders as POC.

Freshman Year: Air Force Organization

Freshman year focuses on providing cadets with a solid understanding of the Air Force's organization, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, and officer career opportunities.

  • As freshmen, cadets must take AFAS 120/120L/329 (Fall) and AF121/121L/329 (Spring)

Sophomore Year: Air and Space History

Sophomore year Air Force classes provide cadets with the necessary background in air and space history. This historical understanding is provided within the framework of continued emphasis on the Air Force core values and officership.

  • As sophomores, cadets must take AFAS 250/250L/329 (Fall) and AFAS 251/251L/329 (Spring)

Junior Year: Leadership & Management

Junior year focuses on leadership and management traits essential to serving the nation as Air Force officers. Third-year cadets returning from field training are assigned leadership positions within the Cadet Wing, and the corresponding Air Force academic classes serve to better prepare cadets for the challenges awaiting them.

  • As juniors, cadets must take AFAS 300/300L/329 (Fall) and AFAS 301/301L/329 (Spring)

Senior Year: Officer Preparation

Senior year Air Force classes focus on preparing cadets to enter active duty as newly commissioned officers. Topics include regional studies to better prepare cadets for the diverse locations they may deploy to in the course of their careers. Additional subject matter covered in senior year includes Air Force doctrine and military justice.

  • As seniors, cadets must take AFAS 400/400L/329 (Fall) and AFAS 401/401L/329 (Spring)

AFAS 325 and 350 are optional additional courses.