AFROTC Program Key Performance Indicators KPI
Measures of Impact
The UNM AFROTC reports annually to the Headquarters AFROTC the number of interested candidates contacted, cadets enrolled each semester, as well as graduating cadets who meet the program requirements and are being commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. Additionally, the program tracks the number of beginning and end-of-semester enrollments which gives us insight into student retention and viability rates. The overall production of a minimum of 15 graduating cadets per year is the national standard for the program we try to maintain while ensuring they are quality candidates.
3rd Semester Retention, Graduation, Course Completion, Student Leadership Development & Career Readiness
AFROTC is focused on producing highly educated and quality leaders for the Air Force with a college degree. The program is selective in nature and normally is a 4-year program. In addition to teaching student leadership and management skills, which are inherently imbedded in the AFROTC program throughout, upon acceptance of either an AFROTC scholarship or successful completion of a four-week Field Training (normally the summer between their sophomore and junior year) students will go into an Air Force contract with graduating parameter requirements. Furthermore, the AFROTC instructors track and mentor each student’s coursework, workload, and progress on their path to graduation to ensure they are on track with their college degree and contract obligations. The AFROTC program is very selective in nature where the freshman and sophomore are not only evaluating if the Air Force is the right choice for them, but also where the Air Force is evaluating them for viability to continue in the program and become one of their leaders within the service. The end product for students completing the AFROTC program is a college degree, a commission in the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, and a future leadership career within one of the world’s most elite armed forces.
New Student Enrollment
AFROTC is also focused on recruiting highly motivated, leadership displaying, and proven academic achievement members interested in college or are already enrolled in college. AFROTC maintains a staff that is responsible for inter-college as well as pre-college recruiting potentially qualified members interested in the service. AFROTC activity participates in New Mexico career fairs, job fairs, college forums, high school visits, financial aid forums, New Mexico Education Council, State Congressional fairs, State Senatorial fairs, minority college fairs, and out-of-state college recruiting fairs and events. Additionally, the AFROTC regularly interviews New Mexico perspective college students interested in AFROTC where a number of Air Force scholarships are offered nation-wide. Further, the AFROTC director at UNM has the ability to provide one perspective interviewee the commander’s scholarship offer to attend UNM and be a part of the AFROTC program directly.
Air Force ROTC is primarily a four-year program. There are two and three year alternative programs for certain degrees. Most students go through the four-year program. Our training begins with the General Military Course (GMC). Freshmen and sophomores will normally attend one hour of class and two hours of Leadership Laboratory each week. The freshman course studies the role of the Air Force in the modern world. Sophomores will study the history of the Air Force. Before entering the Professional Officer Course (POC), usually between the sophomore and junior year, cadets will attend a four-week summer Field Training that offers a firsthand look at the Air Force environment.
During the junior and senior years, cadets will complete the POC where they study management principles and defense policy. They also will manage, organize, direct, and evaluate cadet wing activities. The Leadership Laboratory syllabus takes on a new concentration to learn about Air Force customs and courtesies, develop leadership and management skills, and explore Air Force officer career opportunities. After completing the ROTC program and receiving a degree, students commission as Second Lieutenants.