Air University, a direct reporting unit located at Maxwell
Air Force Base, Ala., is a major component of Air Education and
Training Command, and is theAir Force's center for professional
Air University conducts professional military education, graduate
education and professional continuing education for officers,
enlisted personnel and civilians to prepare them for command,
staff, leadership and management responsibilities. Specialized
and degree-granting programs provide education to meet Air Force
requirements in scientific, technological, managerial and other
professional areas. Air University is responsible for research
in designated fields of aerospace education, leadership and management.
It also provides pre-commissioning training, and offers selected
courses for enlisted personnel leading to the awarding of select
Air Force specialty credentials. Air University contributes to
the development and testing of Air Force doctrine, concepts and
Air Command and Staff College
Air Command and Staff College provides intermediate professional
military education to prepare selected officers for command and
staff responsibilities. The student body of the resident course
is composed of mid-career officers from the Air Force, other services,
selected Department of Defense civilians and international officers.
The curriculum includes command studies, combat support, space,
nuclear and theater warfare, low intensity conflict, military
history and doctrine, national security affairs, quality concepts,
staff communications and the profession of arms.
Another organization within Air Command and Staff College is the
School of Advance Airpower Studies. An 11-month follow-on course
for selected graduates of intermediate level PME, the goal of
SAAS is to create soldier/scholars who, through concentrated studies,
have developed a superior ability to develop, evaluate and employ
airpower based on sound strategic principles. Officers not selected
to attend in residence may complete Air Command and Staff College
through the group-study program or correspondence course. About
550 students attend the course in residence, while more than 7,464
enroll in the associate programs annually.
Air Force Institute of Technology
The Air Force Institute of Technology, located at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, Ohio, provides education and training to meet
Air Force requirements in scientific, technological, managerial,
medical and other fields as directed by Headquarters U.S. Air
Force. To meet these requirements the institute conducts degree-level
programs as well as continuing education and specialized courses.
The institute's programs are designed primarily for select Air
Force officers and civilians. Several education and training programs
are offered to satisfy specific needs of DOD and the other services.
Courses are open to qualified members of DOD as well as international
military service members.
The institute provides educational programs through the School
of Engineering, School of Systems and Logistics, School of Civil
Engineering and Services, and civilian institution programs. The
Air Force Institute of Technology catalog, listing the various
educational programs and admission procedures, is available through
base education offices.
Through the three resident schools, AFIT graduates about 760 degree
students annually. In addition, 750 more students complete extended
non-degree, medical degree, and legal programs. Approximately
25,000 students graduate from AFIT continuing education programs
Air Force ROTC
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is the largest and
oldest source of commissioned officers for the Air Force. Air
Force ROTC offers two educational programs -- Air Force Senior
ROTC and Air Force Junior ROTC.
The Senior ROTC program is designed to recruit, educate and commission
officer candidates through college and university campus programs
based on Air Force requirements. As of January 1994, units were
located at 146 colleges and universities throughout the United
States and Puerto Rico. Students from schools near AF ROTC host
institutions can attend classes through more than 600 separate
cross-town enrollment programs or agreements.
Two routes to an Air Force commission are available to college
students through the Air Force Senior ROTC program -- the four-year
program and the two-year program. Students enroll in Air Force
ROTC classes at the same time and in the same manner as for other
Courses in the Senior ROTC program normally award academic credit
as part of a student's electives. At each host institution, ROTC
has the status of a separate academic department. Each instructor
is an active-duty Air Force officer with at least a master's degree
and usually is accorded the academic rank of assistant professor.
The unit commander has an academic rank of full professor.
The Air Force Junior ROTC program provides citizenship training
and an aerospace science program at the high school level. Units
are located at 426 high schools throughout the nation and at selected U.S. dependents
schools in Europe and Guam. The program explores the historical
and scientific aspects of aerospace technology and teaches high
school students self reliance, self-discipline and characteristics
found in good leaders. There are currently more than 57,000 students
enrolled. Students who participate in the program do not incur
any obligation to the Air Force. The program is open to all young
people who are at least 14, physically fit, and citizens of the
Air Force Quality Institute
The Air Force Quality Institute was established in 1991, at the
direction of senior leadership, to provide total quality management
education for the Air Force. The institute provides commanders
and their organizations with concepts, methods, tools and advice
for attaining a total quality culture.
As the clearinghouse for total quality-related literature and
information, AFQI is the facilitator for Air Force-wide TQ implementation.
The institute develops and deploys TQ courses and provides advisors
for the integration of TQ into existing education and training
Specific communication channels used are an electronic bulletin
board system, success videos, software, a newsletter, telephone
contacts, an annual quality symposium and a traveling quality
resource awareness team.
Air University Library
The Air University Library is an integral part of the Air University
educational system. Designated the Fairchild Library in honor
of Gen. Muir S. Fairchild, Air University's first commander, the
library is staffed by approximately 70 experienced professionals.
Almost 30 are librarians who possess advanced degrees in their
The library's collections are comprehensive in their coverage
of military affairs, international relations, aerospace operations,
higher education, leadership and management, and social sciences.
Holdings include 380,000 books and bound periodical volumes, over
512,000 military-specific documents and over 850,000 maps and
charts. The library subscribes to nearly 1,900 journals and newspapers
from around the world.
Air War College
Air War College, the Air Force's senior professional military
education school, prepares selected colonels and lieutenant colonels
for key command and staff assignments. The core curriculum provides
a strong focus on the study of military strategy and the employment
of air power. Class members analyze how the U.S. government is
organized to formulate national security policy and acquire and
manage resources for its implementation. The curriculum includes
emphasis on regional security concerns and permits class members
to analyze and evaluate trends and sources of conflict in the
international system and to discuss national security strategies
appropriate for dealing with regional instability. A tailored
program of research and electives runs concurrently with the core
curriculum, offering complementary opportunities to study special-interest
areas in depth.
The ten-month Air War College resident program is attended by
officers of the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard, Air
Force Reserve, other U.S.
military services and allied nations, and civilians selected from
various federal agencies.
For those who cannot attend the college in residence, the Air
War College Associate Programs offer both correspondence and group-study
programs that closely parallel the resident course. About 250
class members a year attend the college in residence while nearly
5,000 enroll in the associate programs.
Civil Air Patrol - U. S. Air Force
Headquarters Civil Air Patrol is the Air Force organization which
advises and assists the Civil Air Patrol -- the congressionally
chartered civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. The primary missions
of the Civil Air Patrol are aerospace education and training,
cadet programs and emergency services. It
flies anti-drug missions for the U.S. Customs Service, the Drug
Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Forest Service.
Members fly nearly 5,000 corporate and member-owned aircraft.
They perform more than 80 percent of all search and rescue flying
hours authorized by the Air Rescue Coordination Center at Langley
Air Force Base, Va. Civil Air Patrol operates a fleet of approximately
950 vehicles and provides a network of about 19,000 radios in
support of local, regional and national emergency agencies, both
military and civilian.
Civil Air Patrol membership is over 53,000. These volunteers wear
a uniform similar to that of the Air Force with burgundy epaulets.
College for Enlisted Professional Military Education
The College for Enlisted Professional Military Education is composed
of the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and also
has responsibility for all of the Air Force's NCO academies within
the continental United States. The college is located at Maxwell's
The college's Education Programs Department is responsible for
program development and management for NCO academies and Airman
Leadership Schools. Additionally, they develop correspondence
programs for both courses and develop and teach courses to prepare
instructors to teach at the academies and schools.
The Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy prepares
chiefs, senior master sergeants and master sergeants to better
fulfill their leadership and management responsibilities. The
academy is the highest level of professional military education
for noncommissioned officers. The seven-week curriculum is based
upon the concept that students already possess some management
and leadership experience.
Major areas of study include military studies, leadership, management,
and communications skills. In addition, an electives program allows
students to select management subjects of special interest for
in-depth study. The curriculum is presented through lectures,
seminars and independent study. About 2,000 senior NCOs attend
the school each year, and 33,000 enroll in the correspondence
College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education
The College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education &SHY;
known as CADRE, is an Air Force capstone organization with the
mission to advance the theory and application of air and space
power in support of national objectives. In addition to developing
and analyzing Air Force concepts, doctrine and strategy, the CADRE
staff provides specialized resident and non-resident education
for planning, supporting and conducting combat operations.
Findings are published in articles, monographs and books such
as the Airpower Journal, the Air Force's professional forum for
the open debate of concepts, doctrines and strategies. Airpower
Journal is published independently in three languages: English,
Spanish and Portuguese.
The college fulfills its mission through six major directorates:
The Airpower Research Institute, the Air Force Wargaming Institute,
the Senior Officer Directorate, the Combat Employment Institute,
the Intelligence Directorate and the Educational Services Directorate.
In a recent reorganization, the Extension Course Institute became
a branch of CADRE's Educational Services Directorate. ECI is the
Air Force's correspondence school supporting career development,
professional military education and the dual-channel system of
on-the-job training and the weighted airman promotion system.
Community College of the Air Force
The Community College of the Air Force is known as "the enlisted
person's college," and is the largest community college in
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,
CCAF awards credit earned through military schools and on-the-job
training and accepts transfer credits from civilian schools toward
job-related associate in applied science degrees. More than two-thirds
of all Air Force enlisted members are registered with CCAF. The
college contributes to Air Force readiness by enhancing the skills
of enlisted people, preparing them to better fulfill increasing
managerial, technical and leadership responsibilities.
Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development
Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development is home for
nearly all of Air University's continuing military education programs.
The college consists of nine schools: Air Force Judge Advocate
General School (including enlisted paralegal specialist training),
Professional Military Comptroller School, Technology Management
School, Commanders' Professional Development School, Air Force
Professional Manpower and Personnel Management School, Air Force
Chaplain School (including enlisted chapel management specialist
training), First Sergeants Academy, Academic Instructor School
and International Officer School. More than 5,000 students a year
attend one of the college's continuing education programs.
Officer Training School
Basic Officer Training
This program trains and commissions second lieutenants in response
to U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve requirements in partnership
with the U.S. Air Force Academy and AFROTC. The goal of the training
program is to instill high standards of conduct and provide officer
candidates with the essential military knowledge and skills needed
for effective performance. Air Force officers are expected to
be leaders; they must be able to set the example for those noncommissioned
officers and airmen working for them.
The Basic Officer Training program is 13 1/2 weeks in duration
and prepares officer candidates for the professional, physical
and technical challenges
of commissioned service through a rigorous curriculum divided
into four major areas; communicative skills, leadership studies,
professional knowledge and defense studies. These areas are presented
concurrently with emphasis on team building and learning in the
first half, and leadership application in the second. Officer
Training School is, above all, a leadership laboratory.
One of the highlights of the program is the Leadership Reaction
course, a field exercise. Small groups of students test their
ability to reason quickly and lead effectively to get the group
through the specialized obstacle course. The final field leadership
assessment exercise is "Vigilant Warrior," in which
students demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply skills
learned during the school.
Commissioned Officer Training
This program provides military orientation and indoctrination
to commissioned, non-line officers through one of three courses.
The first course, the Air Force Officer Orientation Course, is
a two-week program designed for staff judge advocate, chaplain,
and Air Force Reserve direct commissionees.
The second course, the Health Professions Officer Indoctrination
Course, is a three-week course for Reserve second lieutenants
entered in the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship or the
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences programs. Students
attend the course during the summer after graduating college and
before beginning medical school.
Military Indoctrination for Medical Service Officers is the third
course. This 17-day course is designed for Medical Corps, Nurse
Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Service Corps and Biomedical Science
Corps personnel. This orientation program also includes the Medical
Readiness Indoctrination Course.
The Commissioned Officer Training program reflects the basic OTS
curriculum: communicative skills, leadership studies, professional
knowledge and defense studies. Due to course length, it is a compact
program. Since the curriculum focuses on orientation instead of
training, the program does not go into the same depth of training
Squadron Officer School
Squadron Officer School is the first level of the professional
military education of an Air Force officer. The school provides
professional development for Air Force captains.
The curriculum is divided into four major areas: officership,
communication skills, leadership in the Air Force, and force employment.
The seven-week program combines lectures, seminars and leadership
exercises. Captains with four to seven years of commissioned service
attend one of five classes held annually. In addition to active
duty captains, officers from the Air National Guard, Air Force
Reserve and air forces of other nations and select civilian employees
also attend the school. The school is available through a non-resident
correspondence program for officers unable to attend in residence.
Approximately 3,000 students attend each year, while about 8,000
students enroll in the correspondence program.
502 Air Base Wing
As the host base organization for Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex,
the 502nd Air Base Wing provides a wide range of support for Air
University and other organizations and personnel assigned to the
two facilities. In direct support of Air University organizations,
the wing's 54th Airlift Flight, flying C-21 aircraft, provides
air transportation to bring distinguished visitors from throughout
the U.S., Canada and Central America to lecture at AU's schools.
At the close of World War II, as plans were made to establish
the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch of the armed forces, officials
recognized that continuing professional education would be as
important to the new service's future as its inventory of weapons.
In 1946, under the direction of General Fairchild, a group of
educational pioneers made plans for a new professional military
educational system. They envisioned a centrally managed university
complex with schools and colleges to meet a variety of needs.
Today, Air University and its educational facilities stand as
visible evidence of the soundness of their planning.
Point of Contact
502 ABW, Public Affairs Office; 50 LeMay Plaza S; Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6334
DSN 493-2014 or (205) 953-2014.