AFROTC Classes

In the AFROTC program, cadets progress from one rank to another through different sets of training. This training allows cadets to become more knowledgeable and capable in the tasks required of Air Force Officers.

Common rank abbreviations are as follows:

  • GMC = General Military Course [Cadets being taught skills]
    • AS 100 = Cadets in their first year 
      • AS 150 = Cadets who first enter the program during the Spring semester of training [Treated as AS 100 cadets]
    • AS 200 = Cadets in their second year
      • AS 250 = Cadets who first enter the program during their sophomore year of college [Treated as AS 200 cadets]
  • POC = Professional Officer Course [Cadets teaching the skills]
    • AS 300 = Cadets in their third year
    • AS 400 = Cadets in their fourth year
  • Commission = when a cadet becomes an Air Force Officer

Description of the expected timeline throughout the AFROTC program:

In the beginning of the program, cadets are AS 100 cadets and are considered GMC. During this time, cadets learn the basics of marching and other fundamental leadership skills. 

After cadets have completed their first year in the program, they then move on to being AS 200 cadets. At this time, they are still considered GMC cadets but are expected to have the basics down. Cadets in this level are expected to prepare for Field Training. Field Training is a 2 week camp held over the summer in which cadets are evaluated by instructors on their previous 2 years of training. 

After cadets have completed their first 2 years in the program and successfully complete Field Training, they are expected to lead and teach the following-year GMC cadets. This is a great time for the new POC to explore how to become a leader by working directly with the cadets who have just entered the program.

Finally after completing 3 years in the program, cadets take their next step in preparing to become an Air Force Officer! They gain more leadership skills and the ability to lead a larger group of people. Cadets in AS 400 will take on higher positions in the Detachment and will supervise the training taught by the AS 300s.