After completing General Military Course requirements, if students wish to be considered for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, they must meet certain requirements. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation and aptitude test scores, to determine if a candidate has officer potential. After selection, before entering the Professional Officer Course, you must successfully complete a 24-day summer field-training exercise at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Once you’re enrolled in POC, you’ll attend class three hours a week and participate in a one- to two-hour weekly Leadership Laboratory. We call this part of the program AS300 and AS400.
The Professional Officer Course is offered to juniors and seniors who have already committed to a four-year postgraduation service commitment with the Air Force. You must meet all the GMC (General Military Course) membership requirements and:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Be of legal age as required by the state in which you will be attending ROTC or 17 years old with parent or guardian consent.
- Be in good academic standing.
- Have three academic years remaining in a four-year degree program.
- Meet the following age requirements:
- Rated (Pilot, Combat Systems Officer, Air Battle Manager and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot)—commissioned before reaching the age of 29
- Scholarship applicants—be younger than 31 years old as of December 31 of the year you will be commissioned
- Tech, nontech and nonrated—commissioned by age 30 (waiverable up to age 35)
- Be physically qualified:
- Meet Air Force height and weight standards
- Pass the Air Force Physical Fitness Test (PFT), an exam composed of three events: push-ups, crunches and a 1.5-mile run. The test is used to ensure cadets maintain an acceptable level of fitness.
- Have a military certified/qualified physical.
- Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), a standardized aptitude test (similar to the SAT and ACT) used to select applicants for officer commissioning programs or specific training programs.
- Complete a field training course (a 24-day encampment in which cadets receive officership training).
- Be selected by a board of Air Force Officers.