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Professional Officers Course

Students are accepted into the POC on a competitive basis provided they have at least two years of full-time undergraduate course work remaining. Performance in the GMC and the field training encampment are among the factors considered.

The POC consists of four 3-credit courses that extend over a two-year period. The 300-level portion of the POC emphasizes the concepts and skills required of a successful leader. The 400-level portion of the POC is designed to provide future Air Force officers with background information in national security policy issues while stressing responsibilities of the military officer and civil-military relations.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the POC and their degree programs will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force and will enter active duty within one year. Delay of entry to active duty to study at the master’s or doctoral level may be permitted. There are many career opportunities individuals can qualify for, including but not limited to pilot, space and missile operations, cyberspace operations, engineering, medical and nursing career fields.