Oct 23, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 

Aerospace Studies Department

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Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their college degrees. The Air Force ROTC program is focused on preparing cadets to become leaders in today’s high-tech Air Force. Upon completion of the AFROTC program and the attainment of a baccalaureate degree the graduate receives a commission as an officer in the US Air Force. A monthly subsistence is provided during the junior and senior years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis in increments of four, three, and two years. Air Force ROTC enrollment is not restricted to individuals who wish to become commissioned officers in the USAF. Students may elect to take Air Force ROTC without seeking a commission in courses for academic credit only, earning elective credits for university degrees. These students are not required to attend the traditional AFROTC activities.


The first half of the four-year program is called the General Military Course, which is offered during a student’s freshman and sophomore years. NSC and CSN students may take these courses which are offered at UNLV. This program allows students to try out Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation (unless they are on an Air Force ROTC scholarship). As students attend class, they learn more about the Air Force and the historical development of airpower. The last two years are called the Professional Officer Course. These junior and senior level classes, offered at UNLV, cover leadership skills and national defense policy. Students must be enrolled full time at NSC and CSN in order to take these courses and commission as second lieutenants upon successful completion of the program.


Textbooks for all Air Force ROTC courses are provided by the Air Force free of charge. Students who have contracted with Air Force ROTC receive a tax-free subsistence allowance during the academic year of $300-$500 per month, depending on their academic year.


Air Force ROTC offers scholarships covering a student’s college education for two, three, or four years. Each scholarship pays up to full tuition, laboratory fees, incidental fees, an annual book allowance up to $600, and a tax-free subsistence allowance of at least $300 per month. In-college scholarship opportunities are also available for students already enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. Freshmen can earn three-year scholarships, while sophomores can earn two-year scholarships. College transferees may also apply for these scholarships. All scholarship applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

 • Be a U.S. citizen

• Be less than 31 years old as of December 31 of the year you will commission

• Meet military and physical standards

• Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test

• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 

Aerospace Studies Minor - Required Courses - Total Credits: 16

AES 110/120, 111/121, 230/240, 231/241, 351/361, 352/362, 471/481, 472/482. Sixteen credits of AES classes; 100 & 200 level classes are not prerequisites and can be taken concurrently with any other AES classes for students not pursuing commission and therefore not eligible to enroll in the labs.

 AS100 (AES 110/120) – The Foundations of the United States Air Force

Description. AS100 is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and encourage participation in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include: overview of ROTC, special programs offered through ROTC, mission and organization of the Air Force, brief history of the Air Force, introduction to leadership and leadership related issues, Air Force Core Values, Air Force officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication studies. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

Course Objectives: The AS100 student should know what AFROTC and the Air Force have to offer potential entrants, as well as the expectations the Air Force will set concerning core values and leadership. The student should also have a basic knowledge of what role the Air Force plays and how it is organized to support national objectives. The individual should demonstrate basic communicative skills.

AS200 (AES 230/240) – The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power

Description. A course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power from a historical perspective. The course covers the period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age systems of the Global War on Terror. Historical examples are provided to show the development of Air Force distinctive capabilities (previously referred to as core competencies), and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension, e.g., principles of war and tenets of air and space power. As a whole, this course provides the students with a knowledge-level understanding for the general employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective. In addition, what the students learned about the Air Force Core Values in AS100 will be reinforced through the use of operational examples, and they will complete several writing and briefing assignments to meet Air Force communication skills requirements.

Course Objectives: The AS200 student should know the key terms and definitions used to describe air and space power. The individual should know the events, leaders, and technical developments that led to the evolution and employment of USAF air and space power. The individual should demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills. The individual should know the Air Force Core Values and examples of their use throughout the evolution of USAF air and space power. 

AS 300 (AES 351/361) – Air Force Leadership Studies

Description: AS 300 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles of this course.

Course Objectives: The AS 300 cadet should comprehend selected individual leadership skills and personal strengths and weaknesses as applied in an Air Force environment. The individual should comprehend the responsibility and authority of an Air Force officer, the Air Force officer’s responsibilities in the counseling and feedback process, and the selected duties and responsibilities as a subordinate leader. The individual should comprehend and apply concepts of ethical behavior as well as comprehend the selected concepts, principles, and theories of quality in Air Force leadership and management. The individual should apply listening, speaking, and writing skills in Air Force-peculiar formats and situations with accuracy, clarity, and appropriate style. 

AS 400 (AES 471/481) – National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty

Description. AS 400 examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officer ship, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills.

Course Objectives: The AS 400 cadet should comprehend the basic elements of national security policy and process. The individual should comprehend the air and space power functions and competencies. Also, the individual should comprehend selected roles of the military in society and current issues affecting the military profession as well as selected provisions of the military justice system. The individual should comprehend the responsibility, authority, and functions of an Air Force commander. The individual should apply listening, speaking, and writing skills in Air Force-peculiar formats and situations with accuracy, clarity, and appropriate style. The individual should comprehend the factors, which facilitate a smooth transition from civilian to military life.

Leadership Laboratory (AES 111/121, 231/241, 362/362, 472/482)

Description: Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) is a dynamic and integrated grouping of leadership developmental activities designed to meet the needs and expectations of prospective Air Force second lieutenants and complement the AFROTC academic program. It is a student planned, organized, and executed practicum conducted under the supervision of the detachment commander and commandant of cadets. LLAB cadets are classified into one of four groups with respect to field training attendance and/or commissioning. Initial Military Training (IMT) cadets are part of the General Military Course (GMC) but are not scheduled to attend field training (normally AS100 cadets). The focus of IMT objectives/activities are to promote the Air Force way of life and help effectively recruit and retain qualified cadets. This time is spent acquainting the cadets with basic Air Force knowledge and skills to help them determine whether they wish to continue with the AFROTC program. Field Training Prep (FTP) cadets are scheduled to attend field training in the upcoming year (normally AS200 cadets). The FTP objectives provide training to ensure every cadet is mentally and physically prepared for the rigorous field training environment. Intermediate Cadet Leaders (ICL) are cadets returning from field training (normally AS300 cadets). ICL objectives/activities give cadets the opportunity to further develop the leadership and followership skills learned at field training. Every cadet position should provide the ICL the opportunity to sharpen their planning, organizational, and communication skills, as well as their ability to effectively use resources to accomplish a mission in a constructive learning environment. Senior Cadet Leaders (SCL) are cadets scheduled to be commissioned in the upcoming year (normally AS400 cadets). This time is spent on additional opportunities to develop leadership and supervisory capabilities, and prepares cadets for their first active duty assignment. Extended Cadet Leaders (ECL) are cadets whose ROTC academic requirements are complete but still have one or more terms of college left to complete. These cadets may hold special duty or regular positions within the cadet corps upon discretion of the Detachment Commander (Det CC) or Commandant of Cadets (COC).

Course Objectives: The IMT cadet in the LLAB program should know the principles of the Holm Center Training Manual (HCTM), Air Force customs and courtesies, dress and grooming standards, and grade structure and insignia as well as the chain of command. The individual should know the AFROTC Honor Code. The individual should know effective time management skills, the benefits of exercise and nutrition, as well as the AFROTC weight and fitness standards. The individuals will know the courtesies and procedures associated with the United States flag and know and demonstrate individual and flight drill positions and movements. Finally, they will begin to know the environment of the Air Force officer by participating in a unit formal dinner, retreat, parade, and awards ceremony. 

For more information, contact:
AFROTC Detachment 004
Department of Aerospace Studies
Box 454005
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4005
(702) 895-5313

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