Consists of Air Force customs, courtesies, health, mandatory physical fitness, drill, ceremonies, and field training orientation. Cadets in this course are focused on mastering their foundations of military discipline and followership in preparation for field training.
AFROTC Field Training is a congressionally mandated evaluation of cadets' preparedness to progress into the Professional Officer Course, or “upper-class,” where they will lead at their detachments as they progress toward becoming a leader in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force. Normally conducted between a cadet's sophomore and junior years, field training is designed to place cadets in a rigorous and unfamiliar training environment, testing them physically, mentally and emotionally.
During phase I, cadets are evaluated on their preparation and individual readiness. This includes a field training officer interview, academic exams, flight drill evaluations and a physical fitness assessment. In phase II, cadets are trained on battlefield skills such as land navigation, tactical combat casualty care and small-unit tactics. In phase III, cadets will be evaluated leading their teams through leadership reaction course events and mission scenarios in a simulated deployed environment. Finally, in phase IV, cadets begin their entry into the AFROTC POC by completing a tactical-level, leadership-training course.