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Professional Development Training

PDTs are currently unavailable due to lack of funding.

As an AFROTC cadet, you'll have many opportunities to travel and experience things typical college students only dream of. You can fly airplanes (SOAR) or maybe you'd like to jump out of one (AFAFF)? You can learn hand-to-hand combat skills (CCC) or get insight into typical day-to-day operations on an Air Force base (OPS AF). Wherever your interest lies, we probably have a developmental program for you!

Cadets receive training pay for the duration of their trip, and most transportation, substinance, and lodging expenses are covered. Scroll down to find more specific information on each of our summer professional development training programs offered.

ACE

Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE)

The Advanced Course in Engineering (aka "Cyber Boot Camp") develops the next-generation of cyber officers through education, problem solving, military internship, and physical conditioning (to include weekly 8-mile runs). ACE graduates are filling key positions in the Air Force and DOD. Eligible cadets must be majoring in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, or Physics and have a 3.0 CGPA. This 10-week program is offered in Rome, New York.

 

AFAFF

Air Force Academy Freefall (AFAFF)

AFAFF is a 12-day parachute training program and is conducted at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The course is comprised of strenuous physical training, conditioning, ground school, and five freefall jumps from 4,500 feet. Cadets completing all five jumps are awarded a basic parachutist rating.

 
AAAS

Army Air Assaul School (AAAS)

The Army Air Assault School is an extremely rigorous 10-day progam offered by 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Cadets (and Soldiers) receive instruction in such areas as aircraft safety and orientation, aero medical evacuation, pathfinder operations, close combat attacks, combat assault operations, slingload operations, rappelling, and must complete a 12-mile foot march (with prescribed uniform and equipment) within 3-hours. Cadets completing the course are authorized the wear of the Air Assault Badge while in AFROTC and on acitve duty.

 
CCC

Cadet Combatives Course (CCC)

The CCC is a 12-day program at Kansas State University and Fort Riley, Kansas. Cadets are educated and trained with a warrior ethos and expeditionary mindset and will become culturally aware, motivated professionals, dedicated to serve the nation and prepared to lead Airmen in the 21st century. Cadets will complete a 40-hour modern Army combatives course, receiving hand-to-hand combat training, and will conduct squad-level, force-on-force scenarios. Cadets must have a score of 85 or higher on their physical fitness assessment in order to apply.

 
CSLIP

Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program (CSLIP)

CSLIP is a four-week program designed for AS300 or AS400 cadets who have studied a foreign language for at least two full years in college. Cadets receive both total language and cultural immersion at an overseas location where the language is used.

 
CCIP

Cadet Cultural Immersion Program (CCIP)

CCIP is a 2-3 week program designed to enhance a cadets' cross-cultural skills by exposing them to different cultures and language. There is no previous foreign language requirement necessary. Cadets will travel to an overseas location, so a passport and visa is required.

 
FERL

Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory (FERL)

FERL is a 5-week program that provides opportunities for cadets with a Civil Engineering (CE) major to get hands-on work experience in the CE career field. Cadets gain experience working with both military and USAF Academy instructors on actual projects at various Air Force bases. Training consists of two weeks working with CE at a designated Air Force base and three weeks of hands-on construction activities at USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 
GE

Global Engagement (GE)

Global Engagement provides cadets the fundamentals of contingency operations to include the Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) bare base concept, deployment, employment, and re-deployment. It also exposes cadets to the Security Forces, Civil Engineering, and Services career fields. Program length is approximately 15 days at the U.S. Air Force Acedemy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 
IIP

International Immersion Program (IIP)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) awards grants to universities to establish language and cultural immersion programs. Universities that receive the grant run their programs. For example, Indiana University (IU) sponsors the ROTC Strategic Languages and Cultures Program with their grant. Cadets who get accepted will attend an intensive, 8-week summer session at IU, learning a language such as Arabic, Kazakh, Pashto, Russian, etc. while completing a full year of college foreign language credit. The cadet continues the second year of foreign language study upon returning to their home university, either through their home institution or distance learning. Scholarships are awarded for this program on a competitive basis.

 
NROSRP

Naitonal Reconnaissance Office Summer Research Project (NRO-SRP)

NRO-SRP is a 5-week program sponsored by the NRO in Chantilly, Virginia. Only POC cadets on scholarship may attend. Cadets must also be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance.

 
NOP

Nurse Orientation Program (NOP)

NOP cadets receive hands-on training and practical knowledge as an Air Force nurse. This 4-week program is designed to serve as an internship in an active duty Air Force hospital. Training is conducted at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

 
OCIP

Olmsted Cultural Immersion Program (OCIP)

OCIP is a 2-week program designed to enhance a cadets' cross-cultural skills by exposing them to different cultures. Previous locations include the Balkans, Brazil, China, Japan, Ethiopis, Rwanda, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Passport and visa is required.

 
OPSAF

Operation Air Force (OPS AF)

OPS AF makes up a large percentage of PDT assignments. Training is conducted at various Air Force installations throughout the U.S. and overseas. OPS AF consists of three weeks of general orientation and “shadowing” junior officers and noncommissioned officers. Cadet availability dates, detachment location, and the number of cadets each base can support play a significant role in the assignment process. Note: Cadets are not assigned to a specific career field. The primary objective is to give cadets a greater understanding of the Air Force and exposure to multiple career fields.

 
OPSAFOSI

Operation Air Force - Office of Special Investigation (OPS AF-OSI)

Cadets interested in the OSI as a career choice are given the opportunity to shadow an Air Force OSI officer during this 18-day program. Cadets may accomplish their career field interview at this time, which is necessary for entrance into OSI. A Secret security clearance is mandatory for attendance.

 
SOAR

Soaring (SOAR)

SOAR is a 15-day program designed to give cadets the opportunity to experience the basic fundamental of flight in non-powered glider operations. Cadets receive instruction in basic flight through ground school and actual flight, leading up to, and possibly including, cadet solo. The majority of instruction in conducted by upper-class USAFA cadets trained as soaring instructors. The program assumes that cadets have no previous flight experience. There is no special medical requirements for participation in this program. Training conducted at USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO.

 
SO

Space Orientation (SO)

Space Orientation is a 10-day program designed to give cadets an orientation into the fundamentals of space power applications, capabilities, and employment. The course is offered at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado with an overnight trip to FE Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. Successful completion authorized cadets wear of the Basic Cadet Space Badge.

 

 

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
 
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