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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Military Course (GMC)

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For students who enter as freshmen, the first two years of AFROTC, the General Military Course (GMC) consists of one hour of classroom work and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. Note that your institution may accept two courses in Aerospace Studies in lieu of two courses in Physical Education. Please consult your counselor for details. Any full-time student can participate in AFROTC GMC provided they meet age requirements. Non-scholarship GMC cadets are under no service obligation Upon completion of GMC requirements, cadets who wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Corps (POC), must do so under the requirements of the POC selection. This process uses qualitative factors, such as grade-point average, cadre evaluation, aptitude, and physical fitness test scores to determine a cadet’s potential for service in the USAF. After selection, students must successfully complete a four or five-week, summer field training encampment at an assigned USAF base before entering the Professional Officer Corps.

Field Training

Field Training is, in most cases, a cadet’s first exposure to a working USAF environment. The goal of Field Training is to develop military leadership and discipline and refine the skills cadets learned in the GMC. The Field Training environment allows commissioned officers to evaluate each cadet’s potential to serve as an officer. Field Training includes aircraft and aircrew orientation, USAF professional development orientation, marksmanship training, junior officer training, physical fitness, and survival training. The USAF provides uniforms, lodging, and meals at no cost to the cadet.

University Credits and Curriculum

Students must work with their institutions and departments to determine whether AFROTC classes will receive core, core elective, general elective, or any credit at all. A Tennessee State University minor in Aerospace Studies consists of 22 semester hours and is available to those students who successfully complete GMC and POC curricula. A minor may also be obtained at the other institutions.


*Cadets may take this course at any time during their junior or senior years. However, they must select from 300 to 400 level Social Science offerings.

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