Leadership Development

Transformations begin in Leadership Lab

At the core of your development is Leadership Lab, a cadet-organized and -operated class. For two hours each week, you’ll focus on building interpersonal leadership, real-time problem solving and decision making, and confidence and public speaking—all skills required for success in the Air Force and beyond.

Cadet Attila Zsigmond

Coming in as a freshman I was super shy and wouldn’t talk to anyone. I got opportunities to take charge in Leadership Lab, and now, four years later, I’m way more comfortable and confident thanks to those opportunities.

Attila, cadet majoring in East Asian languages and culture and criminal justice

Realize your potential in field training

Field training is a mandatory 23-day program for all individuals who want to continue Air Force ROTC. Cadets usually attend field training during the summer between their sophomore and junior years.

This rigorous program involves physical conditioning, weapons training, and survival training. Field training offers you the opportunity to develop your skills as both a leader and team member.

Cadet Alyson Janiga

Field training forced me to come out of my shell. I’m a lot better of a leader and more outspoken because of it.

Alyson, cadet majoring in biology

Professional Officer Course (POC)

Move up to POC after completing GMC and field training. This part of the program is designed to simulate an Air Force flight, and each POC cadet assumes a leadership role in the wing.

  • Third cadet year: AS300
    What you’ll gain
    • Learn the responsibility of leading younger cadets
    • Act as a role model and teach GMC cadets
    • Prepare AS200 cadets for field training

    What you’ll do
    • Complete Aerospace Studies courses 301 and 302, learning the anatomy and importance of quality leadership and management, the role of discipline in leadership situations, and the variables that affect leadership.
    • Get assigned job positions to lead and train other cadets.
    • Work with the cadre to submit requests for U.S. Air Force job selection and base location.
  • Fourth cadet year: AS400
    What you’ll gain
    • Know how to lead a large organization effectively
    • Cultivate your ability to assemble a team based on individual strengths
    • Learn how to be a consummate professional
    • Master the responsibility of being a role model

    What you’ll do
    • Complete Aerospace Studies courses 401 and 402, learning the role of a professional military leader in a democratic society and societal attitudes toward the armed forces.
    • Help plan and manage the entire 215 Cadet Wing.
    • Receive your U.S. Air Force job selection and first base location (unless completing an Air Force-approved, five-year degree program). Typically cadets will be notified during fall semester of senior year, but those in rated categories (including pilots) find out spring semester of junior year.
    • Learn more about and prepare for active duty.
  • Graduation and commission

    After fulfilling your IU degree and the Air Force ROTC requirements, you'll graduate and receive your Air Force commission. You will be commissioned during a special ceremony normally held the day after IU graduation.

    You can expect to enter active duty anywhere from a few days to a couple of months after graduation and commission.

    You may request an educational delay if you desire to attend graduate school at your own expense before going on active duty. If approved, the Air Force will postpone your active-duty tour. Delays are routinely provided if you select to attend dental or medical school. Scholarships also exist for students accepted to medical school.

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What is leadership? Selflessness.