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Professional Officers Course

Cadets enrolled in the POC attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly two-hour leadership laboratory. POC classes are small. Emphasis is on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include leadership and management, communication skills, and national defense policy.

In the Professional Officer Course, cadets apply what they have learned in the General Military Course and at the Field Training Units. Using your developing leadership skills, you now conduct the leadership laboratories teaching the new GMC and manage the detachments cadet corps.

Each detachment has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing.


  • Good moral character
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years old or older (or) 17 years old with parent or guardian consent
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Participate in both Aerospace Studies classes and Leadership Laboratory while enrolled in school
  • Meet the age requirements:
    • Rated (pilot or navigator)-commissioned by age 29
    • Scholarship candidates-must not reach his/her 31st birthday by 31 Dec. of the year he/she commissions
    • Tech, non-tech and non-rated, commissioned by age 30
  • Be physically qualified
  • Meet Air Force height/weight standards
  • Pass the Air Force Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
  • Have a military certified physical
  • Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
  • Be interviewed by an Air Force officer
  • Complete a four or six week Field Training Encampment