Colorado State University

Life As A Cadet

Air Force Academic Class

Cadets in AS Class

As a member of ROTC, you will enroll in unique classes and take hands-on leadership workshops that will enhance your college experience and give you tools to succeed in your future career.  Air Force ROTC academic classes are taught by military faculty and highlighted by distinguished guest speakers.  All academic classess are taught at CSU.  A brief synopsis of each of the academic class that you are required to take throughout your ROTC career is found below:

Freshman Year
AS 100: Foundations of the Air Force
Two semesters, one credit hour per semester

This survey course focuses on the structure and missions of Air Force organizations, officership and professionalism. It covers an overview of Air Force and defense topics and introduces communication skills training.

Sophomore Year
AS 200: The Evolution of Aerospace Studies
Two semesters, one credit hour per semester

This survey course covers the beginnings of manned flight and the development of aerospace power in the United States, including the employment of air power in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. It also covers the peaceful employment of U.S. air power in civic actions, space exploration support and scientific missions.

Junior Year
AS 300: Leadership Studies
Two semesters, three credit hours per semester.

This course studies the anatomy and importance of quality leadership and management, the role of discipline in leadership situations and the variables that affect leadership. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts. Students will deal with actual problems and complete projects associated with planning and managing the Leadership Laboratory.

Senior Year
AS 400: National Security Studies & Preparation for Active Duty
Two semesters, three credit hours per semester.

This course is designed to help prepare cadets for their first active duty assignment as an Officer in the Air Force. In this course, cadets learn about the role of a professional military leader in a democratic society and societal attitudes toward the armed forces. They also learn the requisites for maintaining adequate national defense structure, the impact of technological and international developments on strategic preparedness, military law and the overall policy-making process.

Leadership Laboratory

Cadets at LeadLab in ABUs

In Air Force ROTC, you will not only develop your knowledge and skills as a leader in the classroom, you will also apply them for two hours per week in Leadership Laboratory.  There, you will develop your demonstration of command, effective communication, physical fitness, and knowledge of military customs and courtesies. Leadership Lab is an excellent environment to improve your verbal communication, planning and organizational skills.  You will gain valuable hands-on leadership management experience with your peers.

Regardless of what school you attend, Leadership Laboratory activities are typically held on the CSU campus on Thursday afternoons from 15:30-17:30. 

Leadership Lab activities may include:

  • Physical fitness assessments
  • Field days
  • Drills and ceremonies
  • Leadership studies
  • Air Force Officer career days
  • Leadership-building exercises

Physical Fitness

The Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) is a test taken twice a year (fall and spring terms) while a cadet is enrolled in Air Force ROTC to make sure cadets maintain an acceptable level of fitness. There are three events: push-ups, crunches and a 1.5-mile run. Cadets who are in the General Military Course (GMC), but not on a scholarship, must attempt the test but do not have to pass. Cadets on a scholarship and cadets in the POC must pass the test each fall and spring term.

In order to maintain good physical conditioning, we offer two to three Physical Training (PT) events per week.  All cadets are required to attend at least two hour-long PT sessions each week.  The PT schedule will be published to cadets after the start of each semester.

Our detachment offers PT at CSU and UNC.

Note: You must complete your Pre-Participatory Sports Physical prior to attending a PT event.