Leadership Evaluation and Development (LEAD)

enlarged photo of cadet field trainingLeadership Evaluation and Development offers cadets a firsthand look at the Air Force environment. You will attend an approximately 3-week summer LEAD session at a selected Air Force Base. At LEAD, cadets receive:

  • career information
  • junior officer training
  • aircraft and aircrew indoctrination
  • survival training
  • weapons familiarization
  • physical trainingfamiliarization with the organization and the function of an Air Force Base

Professional Officer Course

After completing LEAD successfully, cadets enter the Professional Officer Course (POC) for the last 2 years of college. In the POC, you will receive:

  • advanced training in leadership, management, communications, and national security
  • practical leadership experience at leadership lab where you will hold various leadership positions as part of the team which plans, organizes, staffs, directs, and controls cadet corps and lab activities

How Do I Attend LEAD if I'm Interested?

enlarged photo of cadets field trainingTo attend LEAD, you must compete for an enrollment allocation with students nationwide. The allocation process is based on the "whole person" concept in which academics, physical fitness, and your performance as a cadet/student are considered. Completing LEAD is a great achievement for any cadet; the hard work is not without its rewards, as successful completion of LEAD is an important step towards receiving an Air Force commission.


If you have completed both the Aerospace Studies 100 and 200 curriculum, you will attend an approximately 3-week camp. Remember, LEAD tests:

  • physical ability
  • ability to command a flight in drill
  • ability to drill
  • adapting to stress
  • ability to interact with others
  • leadership

Important Camp Positions

  • Flight/Squadron/Group/Wing Commander
  • Flight/Squadron Adjutant
  • Flight/Group/Wing Standardization Officer (STANDO)
  • Flight/Group/Wing Physical Fitness Officer
  • Flight/Group/Wing Drill and Ceremonies Officer
  • Flight Information Officer (IM)