The Program

  AFROTC Detachment 040
Loyola Marymount University

What is Air Force ROTC?

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a military leadership program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing a degree.  The General Military Course (GMC) is taken during your freshman and sophomore years.  This program allows you to try out the Air Force for up to two years without incurring any obligation.  The Professional Officer Course (POC) is taken during your junior and senior years.  Before you enter the POC, you will attend a four-week summer Field Training course at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Air Force ROTC classes cover topics such as military customs and courtesies, development of aerospace power, leadership and communication theories, and national defense policy.  You will attend weekly Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) training sessions, where you will put into practice the leadership skills and management theories discussed in the classroom.  You will also participate in two weekly physical fitness training sessions. 

AFROTC Training Schedule

Detachment 040 generally follows the Loyola Marymount academic calendar, which includes a fall semester that runs from late August to mid December and a spring semester that runs from mid January to early May. All of our training sessions take place on Fridays. Students attend AFROTC aerospace studies class(es) in the mornings, Leadership Laboratory in the early afternoon, and a physical fitness session immediately after. Mandatory activities typically end by 5:00 PM. 

Aerospace Studies Classes

You are required to complete 8 semesters of Aerospace Studies classes. During your first two years, the classes will be one credit hour per semester. During your second two years, the classes will be three credit hours per semester. A brief overview of each of the Aerospace Studies classes follows: 


  • AS 100 Foundations of the United States Air Force  - A survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force (USAF) and Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC). Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, officer career fields and opportunities, group leadership experiences, and an introduction to communicative skills.
  • AS 200 Air Power History - A study of history and heritage, discussion of significant Air force leaders and their contributions, and an introduction to service issues, ethics, and values. Includes an examination of the role of air power in war. Students make oral and written presentations and participate in group leadership exercises. 
  • AS 300 Leadership Studies - A study of leadership and quality management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force Doctrine, leadership ethics, and communication skills. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations by demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concept being studied. 
  • AS 400 National Security Affairs - Examines the national security process, regional studies, the laws of armed conflict, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force and joint doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military profession, officership, civilian control of the military and current issues. Effective communications skills continue to be emphasized.


Leadership laboratory (LLAB)

Provides students to learn leadership skills through participation in our military training program. LLAB activities include basic military drill and ceremonies, guest speakers, challenging group problem solving activities, and physical fitness training. Active duty officers provide oversight, but the LLAB program is run by the students in the cadet wing. As you progress through the AFROTC program, you will take on increasing levels of responsibility in planning and executing the LLAB program.

Physical Fitness Training (PT)

All cadets are required to take a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) each semester. The PFA consists of sit-ups, push-ups, a 1.5 mile run, and a waist measurement. To prepare for the PFA, and to ensure that cadets are able to meet the Air Force physical fitness standards, cadets participate in two mandatory PT sessions each week. Students will participate in a “crosstown PT” session one morning per week and in a full detachment PT session on Friday afternoons following LLAB.

Current as of 06 Sep 17