Academics

When you are signing up for classes, make sure you don´t forget that the Aerospace Studies (AS) classes and Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) are mandatory. To determine what classes you need, contact our Recruiting Flight Commander via the 'Contact Us' page or call (916) 278-7315.

Here at Detachment 88, Leadership Laboratory begins the second week of school. It´s important that your schedule is set and that you pick up your uniforms and Aerospace Studies textbooks so you will be ready to start the semester.

Aerospace Studies

AS classes typically correspond to a four- or five-year undergraduate degree program. An Air Force officer teaches each class.

AS 100 - The Foundations of the United States Air Force

This class is an introduction to the Air Force; it takes a broad look at active duty and the lifestyle you can expect while serving as an Air Force officer. This overview gives first-year cadets a chance to "see the Air Force" and is designed to help you decide whether you want to continue in the program. This is important because high school scholarship cadets do not incur a commitment to pay back tuition or stipend funds through the end of the AS 100 year.

AS 200 - The Evolution of Air and Space Power

The sophomore year prepares you for the mandatory field training required between your second or third year in the program. This class provides a historical look at the Air Force and the application of air and space power from its infancy to modern-day conflict.

AS 300 - Air Force Leadership & Management I/II

Field training marks your transition from following to leading. Cadets spend this year in leadership and management studies. This class focuses on leadership theory, interpersonal dynamics, military ethics and management issues. Cadets are also given the opportunity to put these leadership and management lessons into practice as they perform the tasks required of their cadet wing position.

AS 400 -National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty

This final Aerospace Studies class prepares cadets for entry to active duty. You´ll study national and foreign affairs, national security strategy, and current events that affect employment of U.S. military force. You´ll also survey military conflict as it affects the Air Force and its sister service branches. The last semester evaluates the various programs and regulations governing officership in the armed forces and provides final preparations for cadets ready for commissioning.

Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)

The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, or AFOQT, is administered on a scheduled basis. It is similar to the SAT except for additional Pilot and Navigator sections. A passing score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections are required for entry into the Air Force ROTC program.

The AFOQT consists of 220 test items divided into 12 subtests over a test period of 3 1/2 hours (one break in-between). Subtest scores are combined to generate five composite scores used to help predict success in certain types of Air Force training programs.

The AFOQT should be taken by cadets before 31 Dec of their AS200 Year. The test takes about five hours to complete; study material is available at the detachment. The AFOQT may only be taken twice, with a mandatory wait period of 180 days between tests. Only the latest AFOQT score is valid, and minimum scores are required for commissioning.

The AFOQT will be offered at least once a semester for cadets. Ask your AS instructor for the dates of these tests.