Leading at the next level will often mean leading through the art of influence amongst peers. ACSC provides an avenue for you to practice those interpersonal skills by planning and participating in a variety of events both in and outside of the academic setting. Below, you will learn more about Student Leadership opportunities.
The 21st and 38th Student Squadrons (STUS) are responsible for adhering to DAFI 1-2 which includes successfully executing the mission and ensuring the health, morale, and welfare of all students attending ACSC. The student squadrons serve as the Commandant’s direct link to student operational issues and provide feedback to the other elements of the school. Each squadron includes a squadron commander and two directors of operations. The remaining squadron-level staff in each squadron is composed of students.
The chain‐of‐command for in-resident students is:
All issues should be routed through the chain‐of‐command. If there are academic questions, they can be directed to the Course Instructor (CI). Each flight will also be assigned an Military Advisor (MA) and an Academic Advisor (AA) for the academic year. The MA will serve as a mentor to the flight and the individual students; they will focus on life circumstances, professional issues, and performance. The AA will serve as an academic mentor and reviewer to improve intellectual performance. Non‐AF US personnel will work issues simultaneously through his or her service/civilian representative and his or her AF chain‐of‐command.
Student Leadership Roles and Responsibilities:
Initial Student Cadre (ISC): ISC is the advanced team of students out of each class. The purpose of ISC is to welcome, in-process, and acclimate the main student body to ACSC. These students constitute the core individuals filling student leadership positions. The members of ISC are volunteers and Fellows from the incoming class.
Squadron Staff Positions: Each division has six positions on the squadron staff for students. These positions serve the following purposes:
Two students per position, per squadron will be selected through interviews during ISC. Each squadron staff position is filled by one student each academic semester.
ACSC Student Council: Comprised of both student squadron staffs (12 total students per semester; total of 24), the council’s primary purpose is to discuss class-wide events/business and provide avenues for ALL students to engage directly with the council on a variety of topics. The council will hold updates open to the entire student population on a recurring basis (frequency set by the council) and ensure they are published on the student calendar. Council updates will be organized and led by the combined squadron staff. At a minimum, a portion of the meeting will be conducted in a “town hall” format to give students in attendance the opportunity to give input, provide feedback, raise concerns, etc.
Flight Level Positions: There are also student leadership opportunities internal to each flight. There are two designated positions: Flight Lead and Academic Officer. These two flight positions are mandatory; however, each flight may individually tailor its structure beyond this requirement to mirror squadron staff positions or accommodate the flight preferences and initiatives.
Flight Lead (Flt/LD): Critical to the overall success of the flight, division, and squadron, Flt/LDs must intentionally lead his or her flight, reinforce policies, and encourage an environment of academic success. Chosen during ISC, they are the first point of contact for student administrative matters and serve as the official sponsor for the flight’s IOs. In general, each Flt/LD is responsible for the following aspects of the flight:
Flight Academic Officer: Responsible for facilitating flight academic success.