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

Professional Officer Course (POC)

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Cadets enrolled in the Professional Officer Course (POC) attend class three hours per week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory lasting two hours. In the POC, cadets apply what they have learned in the GMC and at field training encampment.

The Commandant of Cadets entrusts POC cadets to lead the leadership laboratories. The underlying goal of the leadership laboratory is for POC cadets to teach GMC cadets how to perform as airmen and master general military customs and courtesies.

POC class sizes are small. The instructor places emphasis on group discussions and refining communication skills. Classroom topics include leadership, management, communication, and U.S. national defense policy. Once enrolled in the POC, cadets enlist into the Air Force Reserve and incur a service obligation. This entitles them to a monthly, nontaxable subsistence allowance currently $350.00 the first year of the POC and $500.00 the second year of the POC.

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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