Texas Tech University

What to Expect



Core Values

Integrity First

We expect you to be accountable.  We expect you exercise self-control, and grow making the right decisions, however unpopular they might seem.  Balancing a new college life with the rigors of AFROTC can challenge a cadet's resolve.  But, successful cadets will seek academic success, be of good character, and prefer to be physically healthy and strong.  Take on as much of the college experience as you can, but we will ask you to be accountable to the path you started, with honor.      

Service Before Self

You will be part of something larger than yourself.  Like with any team, your presence or performance can affect the potential of group.  Your accountability to the team might take precedence over your personal wants, and you will need the discipline to respect the rules and beliefs of others.  The team needs you to show up.

Excellence in All We Do

We expect you to grow.  Our nation needs the very best version of you.  Establish a mindset of excellence in academics, fitness, motivation – expect the same from others.  We need you comfortable doing hard things.  When the individual demands excellence, the team succeeds.

Physical Training

Fall 2023 Schedule

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
6:00 am - 7:00 am 6:00 am - 7:00 am 6:00 am - 7:00 am

All cadets are required to participate in Physical Training (PT) as part of the Leadership Lab (LLAB). The PT schedule is subject to change each semester based on the needs of the Cadet Wing.  Cadets must attend 80% of the PT sessions offered in order to meet their AFROTC requirement. 

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)

pushupsThe PFA is administered by the Detachment Cadre at least once a semester. The AFROTC PFA is the same as the Air Force Physical Fitness Test administered to all active duty personnel.

The PFA consists of the following: height/weight measurement; upper body strength assessment (# of push-ups in 1 minute); abdominal assessment (# of sit-ups in 1 minute); and a timed 1.5 mile run.

Minimums (Under 25)

  Push-Ups Sit-Ups 1.5 Mile Run
Males 30 39 15:50
Females 15 35 18:56



AFROTC cadets are required to take 16 credit hours of Aerospace Studies courses.

AS100 - AERS 1105 (Fall) & AERS 1106 (Spring)

The Foundations of the U.S. Air Force (General Military Course)

This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). Featured topics include mission and organization of the Air Force, Air Force Core Values, officership and professionalism, leadership principles, group leadership dynamics, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer career opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills.

AS200 - AERS 2103 (Fall) & AERS 2104 (Spring)

Team & Leadership Fundamentals (General Military Course)

 This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of both leadership and team buidling. There are many layers to leadership, including aspects that do not always come to mind. Such things include listening, understanding themselves, being a good follower, and effecient problem solving. The students will apply these leadership perspectives when completing team building activities and discussing things like conflict management.

AS300 - AERS 3305 (Fall) & AERS 3306 (Spring)

Air Force Leadership Studies (Professional Officer Course)

A study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and the communication skills expected of Company Grade Officers (junior officers). Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical applications of the concepts studied.

AS400 - AERS 4303 (Fall) & AERS 4304 (Spring)

National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty (Professional Officer Course)

Examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Continued emphasis is given to the refinement of communication skills.

Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab (LLAB) is a two-hour course that works in conjunction with your regular Air Force academic class. LLAB will be Practical Military Traning focused, as an underclassman you will learn the basics of the Air Force, and be taught/mentored by the upperclassmen on Drill and Ceremonies, Leadership Exercises, and much more!

When? Each Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Additional Requirements

Air Force Officer Qualification Test

The Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT) is a commissioning requirement for all cadets. It is a standardized test similar to the SAT with additional sections testing a student's knowledge of aviation and other flight-related knowledge.

Field Training

All AFROTC cadets must attend field training in the summer between their second and third year. Field training is AFROTC's version of "basic training", but Field Training will not just test a cadet's ability to perform under stress, it is meant to evaluate military discipline and Air Force leadership potential. This is a cadet's final evaluation in leadership, followership, and teambuilding before they will be allowed to enter the Professional Officer Course. Field Training is two weeks long and takes place at Maxwell AFB, AL.

Test of Basic Aviation Skills (Rated Only)

For those interested in becoming a Pilot, Combat Systems or Air Battle Manager Officer an additional test will need to be accomplished. The Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) is a computerized psychomotor test that measures psychomotor skills and cognitive aptitude of the testee. This test is incorporated into a pilot candidate's PCSM score along with the AFOQT pilot composite scores and number of logged flight hours. For more information on the TBAS click here.

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