Air Force ROTC Detachment 538

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The first two years of the Air Force ROTC four-year program, the General Military Course, consist of one hour of classroom work and one to two hours of leadership laboratory each week. The General Military Course is an opportunity for students not on an Air Force ROTC scholarship to try out the program with no obligation. After completing General Military Course requirements, if you wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, you must do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course selection system. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation and aptitude test scores to determine if you have officer potential. After selection you must successfully complete a summer four-week field-training unit at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer Course. And once you are enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you must attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory (lasting from one to two hours).

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In the Professional Officer Course, you apply what you have learned in the General Military Course and at field-training units. And in Professional Officer Corps, you actually conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit's cadet corps. Each unit has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing. Professional Officer Course classes are small. Emphasis is placed on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include management, communication skills and national defense policy. And once you have enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles you to a monthly $250-$400 nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year.


Required Classes

Leadership Laboratory (All Years) - 0 Credits

Leadership Laboratory is one of the classes required of all cadets to participate in. It is held every Friday 1400-1600. It consists of the POC members training the GMC members to be the best leaders possible.

Physical Training (All Years) - 0 Credits

This course is designed to help the individual establish a physical readiness program. Physical Readiness are those factors that determine ones ability to perform heavy, physical work and those that help maintain good health and appearance. Factors/components of readiness: muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardio-respiratory endurance. Major goals of the course: To physically challenge students and help students develop self-confidence, discipline and spirit. Students will work to develop physical readiness to a degree that will enable them to achieve or exceed the physical readiness standard established by the U.S. Air Force. Must be enrolled in RIT ROTC Air Force.

The Air Force Today (1st Year) - 1 Credit/Semester

This course and its follow-on provide the student with an introductory survey of the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). In the first term, the course begins with an introduction to ROTC as well as the customs and courtesies and dress and appearance standards expected of Air Force officers. It continues with a discussion on team building, military communication skills and interpersonal communications. The organization of the Air Force and how the Air Force contributes to the accomplishment of our national security objectives is also covered. The course concludes with an overview of Air Force career opportunities and benefits. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC contract/pursuing cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

History of Airpower (2nd Year) - 1 Credit/Semester

This course in the Fall term is the first in a three course sequence that examines air and space power through a historical perspective. The course traces the evolution of air and space poser from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space age global positioning systems used in recent conflicts. The first course covers early flight, World War I, interwar years, and World War II. It examines the impact of air and space power on military and non-military operations in support of U.S. foreign and domestic policy and its role in future warfare. The course in the Winter Term is the second of a three course sequence that covers the formation of an independent U.S. Air Force, the Berlin Airlift, Cold War deterrent policy, and the Vietnam conflict. It examines the impact of air and space power on military and non-military operations in support of U.S. foreign and domestic policy and its role in 20th century warfare. The Spring term is the third and final course which covers the post Vietnam reorganization, the Persian Gulf Wars, Kosovo, war on terror, and the future of air and space power. It examines the impact of air and space power on military and non-military operations in support of U.S. foreign and domestic policy and its role in future warfare.

Air Force Management & Leadership (3rd Year) - 3 Credits/Semester

Integrated management and leadership courses emphasize the concepts and skills required of the successful young officer, manager and leader. The first course includes applied written and oral communication techniques, coordination, and history of management theory, analytic methods of decisionmaking, strategic and tactical planning, various leadership theories and followership. The second course stresses organizing, staffing, controlling, counseling, human motivation and group dynamics, ethics, managerial power and politics, managing change, career development, and performance appraisal. Actual Air Force case studies are used to enhance the learning process.

National Security Forces (4th Year) - 3 Credits/Semester

This first course will examine the American national security policy by analysis of the evolution of the American defense strategy and policy. Topics include methods for managing conflict, international terrorism, alliances and regional security, an analysis of arms control and the threat of war, and the formulation of American defense policy and strategy, Air Force doctrine, and civilian control of the military. (Requires approval of the Aerospace Studies Department-Air Force ROTC) Strictly for ROTC students. The second course will examine the sociology aspects of officership and the military criminal justice system. Topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, air force core values, and a comparison of the military/civilian justice system.


Detachment History

Detachment 538 was founded in 1989, having previously been Detachment 535B. In 2010, Detachment 538 won the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Northeast Region High Flight Award for medium-size detachments. This award is given to the highest performing detachment in each of the different areas and size categories of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.