The educational training program of Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 009 at Yale emphasizes student involvement and the development of leadership skills. Enrollment in Aerospace Studies (USAF) courses is not limited to cadets; courses are open to any Yale student. All uniforms, textbooks, and supplies are provided by the Air Force. Classes are conducted as seminars and call for active student discussion.
Cadets become involved in the management of their own cadet wing through a mandatory two-hour leadership laboratory each week. They are also assigned corps positions, with increasing responsibility over their four years. In addition, students in the program participate in physical training, leadership projects, visits to Air Force bases, orientation flights, and normal college extracurricular activities. In all, cadets can expect to dedicate six to eight hours a week to the program.
After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, cadets on scholarship and those in the Professional Officer Course accept a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force, with a minimum active-duty service commitment of four years.
Aerospace Studies courses offered in 2016–2017 include:
- USAF 101, Foundation of the U.S. Air Force
- USAF 102, Foundation of the U.S. Air Force
- USAF 202, The Evolution of U.S. Air and Space Power
- USAF 301, Air Force Leadership Studies
- USAF 302, Air Force Leadership Studies
- USAF 401, National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty
- USAF 402, National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty
The following Yale College course also meets requirements for the Air Force ROTC program:
- HIST 221/GLBL 281, Military History of the West since 1500
For additional information about the AFROTC program at Yale, visit the Yale Air Force ROTC Web site, or send questions to AFROTC Detachment 009. More general information about the AFROTC is available on the national Air Force ROTC Web site.