Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) is mandatory for all Air Force ROTC cadets. Conducted on Fridays, this is primarily when underclass cadets receive training from upperclass cadets, often referred to as POC (Professional Officer Course) cadets.
As a first-year cadet in Air Force ROTC, you will be classified as an AS 100 (according to your Air Force Science class), but you will often be referred to as an IMT (Initial Military Training) cadet. As an IMT, you will learn drill and ceremonies (marching), uniform wear, customs and courtesies (reporting and saluting), and proper conduct as a cadet in Air Force ROTC. You will be learning and following as your flight commander provides leadership, instruction, and your introduction to Air Force ROTC. During this time you will also be meeting the other cadets in your class and forming lasting friendships. There are also several cadet organizations you can join.
Second-year cadets are referred to as AS 200s or FTP (Field Training Preparation) cadets, and as the name suggests, you will be preparing for field training the following summer. You will have several POC cadets in charge of your instruction. They will teach you the various procedures required for field training, prepare you physically and give you an insight into what it takes to succeed during your field training encampment.
Once cadets successfully complete field training, they are inducted into the POC and are also referred to as ICLs (Intermediate Cadet Leaders). These cadets are assigned intermediate leadership positions within the cadet wing. These positions include flight commander, physical training officer, public affairs and recruiting, to name just a few. You´ll spend your ICL year learning how to be a leader and directly interacting with the IMT and FTP cadets to pass along helpful instruction and advice as those cadets learn more about Air Force ROTC and active duty.
In the final year of Air Force ROTC, cadets are referred to as SCLs (Senior Cadet Leaders). These cadets are assigned the top leadership positions such as squadron commander, group commander or wing commander. As an SCL, you will have several ICL and possibly many IMT and FTP cadets under your command. SCLs are expected to conduct themselves as leaders and mentors of the cadet wing as they prepare for the final step of earning their commission as second lieutenants in the US Air Force.
Cadets with specific technical majors are allowed to complete their degree requirements over a 4½ - 5-year period. Cadets who have completed all Air Force Science classes are classified as AS 700 and 800s and do not fill a cadet wing position. AS 700 cadets have completed their Air Force Science coursework and are finishing degree plans not approved for a 4½ - 5-year extension of scholarship benefits. AS 800 cadets have been approved to complete their degree plan and remain their scholarship. It is important to note that you do not have to be on scholarship to be in Air Force ROTC or complete the program. Our detachment has a long-standing record of cadets who either start their college careers with an Air Force ROTC scholarship or are awarded one within their first or second year of school.
Detachment 088 - Cadet Wing
The Cadet Wing represents the structure of the cadet-training program at Air Force ROTC detachments throughout the nation. For Detachment 88, our wing is formed into two groups: Operations and Mission Support. The upperclassman cadets will be the ones leading the wing in the training of becoming Air Force officers. As a first year cadet, you will be assigned to a flight in the Operations group, led by a flight commander. Your flight commander will be an upperclassmen cadet, and will train you into the basics of military protocol, drill and ceremonies, wearing your uniform, and cadet conduct. As a second year cadet, you will be assigned to a flight specialized in training you for Field Training. The flight commanders in these flights will lead lessons and help train you in preparation for Field Training. Your flight commanders are led by their squadron commanders, whom are led by the Operations Group Commander, who reports to the Wing Commander.
The Mission Support are formed of various squadrons and flights (with both upper and lower cadets) that help with specialized tasks. This may include keeping cadet areas clean, providing transportation for ROTC events, running and organizing Physical Training sessions, administering Physical Fitness Assessments, and managing the Website. As you spend more time at Detachment 88, you will learn about the various positions in the Cadet Wing, and how all the groups work together to provide support for the mission of producing leaders for the Air Force.
Uniform Issue and Wear
When you sign up for Aerospace Studies classes and Leadership Laboratory, your books and uniforms are issued at no cost to you. You will be informed how to wear and take care of your uniform. Upperclass cadets will be more than willing to help you ensure correct placement and appearance of your uniform.