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The Aerospace Studies (AS) progam is a series of academic classes designed to provide cadets the knowledge and skills that are expected of officers. Coursework is divided into eight classes, each a semester long. Cadets will take two semesters of AS classes every year. AS classes typically meet once per week and are usually taught by Det 009’s cadre. Below are descriptions of the curriculum for each year’s AS classes.
USAF 100, “The Foundations of the United States Air Force,” is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provide an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force. Cadets will learn how to speak and write in the Air Force style outlined in the Tongue and Quill, the official Air Force style guide for speaking and writing. Throughout the course, cadets will write Air Force style papers including talking papers and bullet background papers. Cadets will also refine their public speaking skills by giving short presentations about various aspects of the Air Force.
USAF 200, “The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power,” features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders; introduction to air and space power through examination of distinctive capabilities and functions; and continued application of communication skills. In the fall term AS200 cadets enroll for credit in Yale Professor Paul Kennedy’s course “Military History of the West since 1500.”
USAF 300, “The United States Air Force Leadership Studies,” teaches cadets advanced skills and knowledge in management and leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing leadership skills. Cadets have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors.
USAF 400, “National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty,” is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level.