What is ROTC?
AFROTC affords graduates the opportunity to pursue a broad range of career fields to include aviation related jobs, law, space operations, medicine, intelligence, computer systems, and engineering. You can take part in this unique experience as a college freshman with no commitment. You can continue on in the program without any commitment to the military for the first two years. The AFROTC program is open to all college students regardless of major.
Air Force ROTC at California State University Sacramento meets twice a week Wednesday and Friday Morning. On Wednesday mornings cadets participate in Physical Training which prepares them for the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). On Friday mornings cadets attend Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) which prepares cadets for being in the military. Following LLAB cadets attend Aerospace Studies class which is taught by members of cadre with topics being: Introduction to the Air Force, Evolutions of Air and Space Power, Leadership and National Security.
Air Force ROTC cadets go through two stages, the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer’s Course (POC).
You can enter our four or three year program. Our three year program is an accelerated course which shortens the GMC stage to one year.
General Military Course
The GMC portion of the program typically consists of freshman and sophomores and allows them the opportunity to try out AFROTC without any commitment. Freshmen will take AS100 and sophomores will take AS200. During the GMC period cadets will be exposed to the basic organizational concepts of the Air Force and its history. During the sophomore year, cadets will have the opportunity to compete for a field training allocation. Completion of field training is necessary in order to advance to the level of POC.
Field training will be a cadet's first exposure to a working Air Force environment and the Aerospace Expeditionary Force concept. The program develops military leadership and discipline, and provides Air Force officer orientation and motivation. At the same time, the Air Force can evaluate each cadet's potential as an officer. It is a month long event that occurs over the summer.
The POC consists of your junior and senior years in the program. Upon entereing the POC, cadets will contract with the Air Force. POC will take AS300 and AS400. As a POC you will be given leadership opportunities to practice and hone your skills. After completing 2 years as a POC you will be commission into the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd lieutenant.
All training and operations are handled by the cadet wing. The cadet organization is based on a wing structure similar to active duty Air Force. The wing is broken down into groups, then flights.
Each flight will consist of 20 or more cadets where cadets will learn to work as a team and as individuals. Cadets will change flights every semester so that they can be exposed to new people and different leadership styles. Cadets will have the opportunity to take a job/role within the flight and will be evaluated by the Flight Commander.
In addition to their roles in the flights, cadets can take on a separate job in the cadet wing. Their performance in these roles can positively impact their evaluation in the wing.