Aerospace Studies Class
Air Force ROTC classroom work is divided into eight courses, two of which are taken each year during the normal undergraduate degree program. Extended cadets will not take any classes during their final year, while cadets in a two or three-year program will combine the upper-level courses. The course numbers (100 thru 400) are sometimes used to refer to cadets in that class year (100s, 200s, etc.). Completion of this program meets the training requirements for a commission and also allows the graduating cadets to receive an academic minor in Aerospace Studies.
The AS 100 class is a very basic introduction to the Air Force. Topics include rank structure, customs and courtesies, the mission of the Air Force, the life of an officer, and some early work on leadership and teamwork. A single verbal briefing and one or two papers are generally assigned for this class. This class meets once a week and cadets receive academic credit for it as they do for all other AS classes.
The AS200 class discusses the history of the United States Air Force, beginning with its founding as a branch of the Army Signal Corps and proceeding though its establishment as an independent service and the modifications it has undergone up to the present day. Changes in air power doctrine are discussed concurrently with the period in question, and discussion and debate about the issues of the day and how doctrinal principles apply to them are encouraged. The writing and briefing requirements for this class are increased from the previous year.
Following field training, cadets enroll in the AS300 class, which increases from one credit to three in the students academic course load. This class is intended to teach principles of leadership and management. It is set up to work in parallel with the lower - level leadership roles which the AS300 cadets are likely to take over during LLAB.
The final course in the academic program is the AS400 class. The topics are national security studies and preparation for active duty, the latter of which is designed to make the helpless creature that is a second lieutenant a little less helpless. While previous courses focus on technique or facts, these are studies of practical issues and information necessary to successfully enter the active duty Air Force.