Detachment 640, Air Force ROTC
at Miami University
Professional Development Training
As an AFROTC student, you will be given opportunities to experience some things a typical college student doesn’t get to experience. Some examples include flying an airplane (SOAR) or jumping out of one at the AF Academy (AFAFF). You can learn Combat Survival skills (CST) or Combat Rescue (CRO) along with learning everyday jobs in the AF (OAF).
AAT is a 24-day program comprised of strenuous physical training, conditioning, ground and tower training, and culminates in five static-line parachute jumps. Daily physical training and formation runs are conducted in hot and humid conditions. Formation runs ( 3 to 5 miles) at an average pace of 7 to 9 minutes per mile are conducted in BDU and running shoes after strenuous exercise. Upon successful completion, cadets are awarded a basic parachutist rating. All training is conducted at Fort Benning, GA. Participation is limited to qualified AS300 cadets. AS400 cadets and completed cadet may also volunteer for AAT provided they have not previously attended AAT at anytime in the past and have at least one quarter or semester of college remaining after attendance.
AFAFF is a 12-day parachute training program and is conducted at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO. 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. Cadets under 18 years of age are not allowed to attend AFAFF without parental consent.
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.
ASSIST is a 5-day program consisting of touring an active duty Air Force base escorted by an AFROTC instructor. ASSIST is conducted at Air Force installations throughout the CONUS.
Cadets participate in Phase II of the Combat Rescue Officer selection process at Hurlburt Field, FL. CRO Phase II consists of a 1-week evaluation to include intense physical activities in possible inclement and humid conditions, as well as, writing and briefing skills. AFROTCI 36-2018 provides the application instructions for Combat Rescue Officer. AFROTC/RR is the OPR for the application process. AFROTCI 36-2018 provides instructions for cadets to apply for this duty during their junior year.
CST is a 20-day program incorporating combat, basic aircrew, and water survival training. Cadets must be in excellent physical condition. Training is physically and mentally demanding and accomplished at high altitude. CST is conducted at USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO.
FAST is a 3-week Air Force sponsored program, giving AFROTC cadets at HBCU and MI the opportunity to attend summer flight training.
FERL is a 5-week program that provides opportunities for a limited number of AFROTC cadets with entry-level civil engineering (CE) course to get hands-on work experience in the CE career field. Cadets gain experience working with both military and USAFA instructors on actual CE projects at various Air Force bases and at the USAFA. Training consists of two weeks working with CE at a designated Air Force base and three weeks of hands-on construction activities at USAFA.
FLI is a four-week program designed for AS300 or AS400 cadets studying a foreign language. Cadets live with a local family, study at a local university, and receive both total language and cultural immersion at an overseas location where the language is used. Cadets must contractually agree to speak only the language of study for the entire training period-failing to do so will result in program termination. HQ AFROTC/DOXS will coordinate with USAFA program manager who will in turn arrange transportation to and from the host country via commercial air. USAFA also covers the cost of cadet housing, some meals, and tuition. Cadets are required to pay for all personal expenses. Cadets are not required to take uniforms unless the program involves a visit to the host nation’s military academy.
NOP cadets receive hands-on training and practical knowledge as an Air Force nurse. NOP is a four-week program designed to serve as an internship in an active duty Air Force hospital. Training is conducted at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX.
OAF makes up a large percentage of PDT assignments. The program is divided into three categories: OAF-Continental United States (CONUS), OAF-Office of Special Investigations (OAF-OSI), and OAF-Space. Training is conducted at various Air Force installations throughout the United States and overseas. OAF consists of three weeks of general orientation and “shadowing” junior officers in various career fields. 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 Air Force specialty code (AFS). The primary objective of OAF is to give cadets a greater understanding of the Air Force.
RSP is a four-week program designed to give scholarship cadets a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience, first hand, everything an operation Air Force installation has to offer. RSP intends to immerse young officer prospects into the AF way of life, on an AF installation, though use of tours, hands-on experience, and a structured curriculum. It will also provide an opportunity for cadets to shadow non-commissioned officers in a variety of career fields.
SPLFt is a 3-day program designed to give cadets an orientation into space launch operations. Training dates are scheduled throughout the academic year to coincide with rocket launches in the Patrick AFB, FL and Vandenberg AFB, CA area. Cadets are educated about various aspects of the space missions. The highlight of the program is witnessing the scheduled launch. Note: Due to the inherent uncertainty of launch operations, observing a launch is not guaranteed.
Cadets participate in Phase II of the Special Tactics Officer selection process at Hurlburt Field, FL. STO Phase II consist of a 1-week evaluation to include intense physical activities in possibly inclement and humid conditions, as well, as, writing and briefing skills. AFROTCI 36-2018 provides the application instructions for STO. AFROTC/RR is the OPR for the application process. AFROTCI 36-2018 provides instructions for cadets to apply for this duty during their junior year.