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Physical Training

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. PT attendance is currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings from 6:10 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. Cadets must attend 80% of the PT sessions offered in order to meet their AFROTC requirement. PT is also another great opportunity for POC cadets (Juniors and Seniors) to learn to lead.

PT activities vary from day to day. Expect an exciting workout that will build up your strength and endurance in preparation for the Air Force PT test that is administered each semester. Workouts include cardiovascular circuits, ability group runs, athletic competitions by class, and cadet-lead workouts based on today's most effective fitness trends like P-90X®, Crossfit®, and the Insanity ® Workout. If you are not in shape, get ready to get in shape!

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)

pushupsThe PFA is administered by the Detachment Cadre 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; waist 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.

All events are conducted on the same day; the body composition (height/weight and waist measurement) will be conducted on location or at the detachment, followed by the one minute push-ups, one minute crunches, and finally the 1.5 mile run. A break of no more than three minutes is required between each assessment. All physical events are conducted in the Texas Tech Recreational Center, located next to the United Spirit Arena.

Minimum Standards (Under 30)

Males: 42 sit-ups, 33 push-ups, and 13:36 timed run.

Females: 38 sit-ups, 18 push-ups, and 16:22 timed run.


AFROTC cadets are required to take 16 credit hours of Aerospace Studies courses through AFROTC to prepare them for a commission in the USAF. These academic courses are accredited with Texas Tech University and are taught by our officer Cadre. These courses are in addition to the colleges' degree requirements for the student's specific Bachelor's degree. You must maintain Full-time Status will in this program (Texas Tech University has set 12 credit hours as Full-time). The following is a summary of the courses offered and the sequence that they must be taken:

Academic year       Credit Hour                                                     Course Title

AS100 2 (1 credit hr per semester) The Foundations of the U.S. Air Force
AS200 2(1 credit hr per semester) Evolution of Air & Space Power
AS300 6(3 credit hrs per semester) Air Force Leadership Studies
AS400 6(3 credit hrs per semester) National Security Affairs/Prep for Active Duty

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)

The Evolution of the U.S. Air Force Air and Space Power (General Military Course)

This course is designed to examine the historical significance of air and space power. Students will explore the importance of early flight experiments, the introduction of air power in war, and the evolution of air doctrine to current operations. In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force core values, through the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders.

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 provides you with the "hands-on" practice in leadership that you previously learned in the classroom. Your experiences in Leadership Lab will prepare you for your career as a commissioned officer.Just as you take a chemistry lab as part of your chemistry class, so will you take Leadership Lab in the AFROTC program. At Texas Tech University, LLAB is built into your academic schedule and currently meets every Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cadets must enroll in Leadership Lab prior to enrolling in any AS class. The CRN# for Leadership Lab is 10814.

All LLABs are planned, organized, and conducted by Professional Officer Course (POC) cadets with oversight from the Det 820 Cadre. Previous LLAB activities have included:

Tactical shooting coursesLaser tagObstacle/Confidence CourseCombatives/Self Defense Course

Top-Notch Facilities

The Aerospace Studies Department uses the latest classroom technologies in its leadership labs. Cadets have access to a departmental library, flight simulator, computer lab and training aids that prepares them for summer field training. The department also has its own space for classes, meetings and organizing volunteer efforts.

Additional Information

AFOQT (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. The AFOQT is administered in the cadet's third year following Field Training, and each student will have two chances to pass the test. This test is administered at the detachment by our Testing Officer. In order to provide cadets with the best opportunity to pass this test and score high for assignment selection, our Detachment offers AFOQT Prep classes.

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) can be taken at Cannon, AFB Clovis,NM and 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.

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 four weeks long and takes place at Maxwell AFB, AL.

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