The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is an educational program that gives men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees. You receive your military training and go to college at the same time.
Optimally the program lasts four years, but can be completed in 3 years. As a freshman or sophomore, you take a one-hour class each week to learn basic Air Force knowledge (the General Military Course). There is no commitment to serve in the military during your first two years in the program.
During the summer between the sophomore and junior years, cadets attend a four week field training exercise. Physical conditioning, drill and ceremonies, weapons practice, and survival training are just a few of the things you may go through.
Cadets who are still serious about becoming an Air Force officer after field training begin the Professional Officer Course (POC) in their junior year. This three-hour course each semester offers advanced training in leadership, management, and communications skills. After a year in the POC, cadets find out what their jobs will be in the Air Force.
Upon graduation at the end of their senior year, cadets receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants and begin their active duty careers.