Professional Development Training

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Professional Development Trainings (PDTs) are opportunities for cadets to experience what life in the Air Force has to offer. PDTs give cadets academic and operational experience, so they can better understand the roles of current active duty members. All cadets* are required to partake in two PDTs: one as GMC and one as a POC.

*For the 2018-2019 academic year, AS300s must complete one POC PDT and AS400/700/800 do not have to meet the two PDT requirement.

Below is a list of PDT opportunities:


  • Project Global Officer (GO)
  • Base Visit
  • Operation AF (Ops AF)
    • Mandatory for Scholarship Cadets
  • Intro to Soaring (SOAR)
  • Army Air Assault School (AAAS)
  • Academy Freefall (AFAFF)
  • Aviation, Character, Education (ACE) Flight Program
  • Expeditionary Skills Training (EST)
  • Special Tactics Orientation Course (STOC)


  • Project Global Officer (GO)
  • Plan a Base Visit
  • Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) Summer Internship Program (SIP)
  • Special Tactics Orientation Course (STOC)
  • 45th Launch Control Group (LCG) Space Cadet Internship Program (SCIP)
  • Leadership, Education Development Experience (LEDx) Symposium
  • Field Engineering Readiness Lab (FERL)
  • National Character & Leadership Symposium (NCLS)
  • Gathering of Eagles (GOE) Cadet Program
  • USAFA Cadet Exchange Program
  • USAFA Basic Military Training (BMT) Cadet Training Assistant (CTA)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) SIP
  • National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) SIP
  • Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars SIP
  • AFRL Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) Cyber Bootcamp SIP
  • Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Advanced Cyber Education (ACE) SIP
  • Arnold Air Society & Silver Wings Internships