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Leadership Lab (LLAB) is a two-hour course that works in conjunction with your regular Air Force academic class. LLAB provides you with the "hands-on" practice in leadership that you previously learned in the classroom. Your experiences in Leadership Lab will prepare you for your career as a commissioned officer.  

Just as you take a chemistry lab as part of your chemistry class, so will you take Leadership Lab in the AFROTC program. At Auburn University, LLAB is built into your academic schedule and currently meets every Thursday, 1400 to 1600 hours.

All LLABs are planned, organized, and conducted by Professional Officer Course cadets with oversight from the Det 005 Cadre. Previous LLAB activities included:

  • Wing Exercises oriented around team building
  • Learning small unit tactics from US Army Sergeant Day
  • Officer career panels from visiting officers from the Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, AL
  • Navigation training.

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All cadets are required to participate in Physical Training (PT) as part of the Leadership Lab (LLAB). PT attendance is required on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 0600-0700. Cadets must attend both sessions to meet their weekly AFROTC requirement. PT is another opportunity for POC cadets (Juniors and Seniors) to lead.


PT activities vary from day to day. Expect an exciting workout that will build up your strength and endurance in preparation for the Air Force PT test that is administered each semester. Workouts include cardiovascular circuits, ability group runs, athletic competitions by class, and cadet-lead workouts based on today's most effective fitness trends like P-90X®, Crossfit®, and the Insanity ® Workout. If you are not in shape, get ready to get in shape!


Fitness Assessment (FA)

The FA is administered by the Detachment Cadre once a semester. The AFROTC FA is the same as the Air Force Fitness Test administered to all active duty personnel. The FA consists of the following assessments:

  • Height/weight measurement
  • Waist measurement
  • 1 minute of push-ups
  • 1 minute of crunches
  • 1.5 mile timed run

All events are conducted on the same day; the body composition (height/weight and waist measurement) will be conducted first in the detachment, followed by the one minute of push-ups, one minute of crunches, and finally the 1.5 mile run. A break of no more than five minutes is required between the push-ups, crunches and run. All physical events are conducted at the old track on campus.


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AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualification Test)

The Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT) is a commissioning requirement for all cadets. It is a standardized test similar to the SAT with additional sections testing a student's knowledge of aviation and other flight-related knowledge. The AFOQT is administered in the cadet's second year prior to Field Training, and each student will have two chances to pass the test. A passing grade is required to be nominated for Field Training. This test is administered at the detachment by our Testing Officer.

Field Training

All AFROTC cadets must attend field training in the summer between their second and third year. Field training is AFROTC's version of "basic training". Field Training will not just test a cadet's ability to perform under stress, it is meant to evaluate military discipline and Air Force leadership potential. This is a cadet's final evaluation in leadership, followership, and teambuilding before they will be allowed to enter the Professional Officer Course. Field Training is 23 days long and takes place at Maxwell AFB, AL. However the length of Field Training can vary each year.

The following four programs are for active duty Air Force enlisted members. For additional information about these programs, see your base Education Office:

Airman Scholarships & Commissioning Program (ASCP)

Professional Officer Course – Early Release Program (POC-ERP)

Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC (SOAR)

Last Updated: July 18, 2017