What We Are All About

Air Force ROTC's goal is to recruit, educate, train and commission officer candidates through a campus program to meet the needs of the world's greatest Air Force.

The Program

We offer 3 and 4-year programs for entering freshmen and sophomores. Most cadets go through a 4-year program.


The first two years of the program are called the General Military Course (GMC). Freshmen and sophomore cadets are required to complete one Aerospace Studies course per semester. It's a one credit course that meets once a week for 50 minutes. Freshmen learn about the structure and mission of the Air Force and take a look at military life. Sophomores study the development of air and space power.

In addition, cadets participate in Leadership Laboratory (LLab), a course which meets once a week for 2 hours. During LLab, you'll practice customs and courtesies; drill and ceremonies; leadership skills; listen to guest speakers; participate in sports and physical fitness activities; and learn about areas of opportunity available to commissioned officers. You may also participate in base visits and orientation flights. You will also participate in physical fitness training on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7:00-8:00.

Sophomores can complete the entire GMC in one academic year by double-enrolling.


The GMC prepares you to compete for a slot in the Professional Officers Course (POC). Continuation beyond the sophomore year is not automatic and selection is competitively based. In addition, you must also successfully complete a 4 or 5 week field training camp. Field Training is designed to evaluate military leadership and discipline, determine your potential for entry into the POC and stratify you among your peers.

Once you've successfully completed field training you'll enter the POC. Your POC academic classes are 3 credit hours each semester focusing on leadership, management, communication, military law and other officer skills. You'll also continue to participate in LLab but in a more demanding cadet leadership position.

There's More

As an AFROTC cadet, you'll be given a job in the cadet corps which will change each semester and increase with responsibility as you progress through the program. Other activities you may get involved in include Drill Team, Arnold Air Society, Public Affairs, and various social activities such as a Military Ball and the Detachment Dining-Out.

Scholarship Opportunities

For Scholarship Information click here.

Sound Interesting?

For more information on how to apply, just stop by Air Force ROTC Detachment 172 at the Valdosta State University North Campus, call us at (229) 333-5954 or e-mail us at afrotcadmin@valdosta.edu.

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