Air Force GEM Program

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Program at a Glance
  • The General Education Mobile (GEM) program can be completed with only five online courses at Purdue Global.
  • GEM courses are taught 100% online.
  • Each course corresponds to a general education area requirement for a degree.
  • When taking two courses per term, you can complete the Air Force GEM program in 8 months.
COURSE DELIVERY 100% Online
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
COURSES REQUIRED 5 Courses
TUITION REDUCTION $165 Active Duty
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

GEM Program Overview

GEM logoThe GEM program was designed to help you fulfill your general education requirements in a mobile, nontraditional classroom format. Completing the GEM program is a key step toward earning your associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).*

After completing GEM, you can focus on earning credits within your specific discipline through additional college courses, training you have taken with DANTES and CLEP exams, and credits earned through your military work.

Other Courses to Support Your CCAF Degree

We offer additional courses beyond the GEM program, which may help you complete other elements of your CCAF associate's degree. Please check with your local base education office to determine whether you need any of the courses offered.

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General education courses prepare you for the degree-specific and higher-level courses you will need to earn your degree and are the foundation of your college studies. Even if you can't attend classes in a traditional school setting, the GEM program allows you to build that foundation.

Courses at Purdue Global
  • Public Speaking for the Professional
  • Ethics
  • Humanities and Culture
  • Survey of Mathematics
  • Sociology
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits25
  • Total Credits25

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  • Military Tuition Reduction

    We Offer an Affordable Education for Military Students

    For undergraduate programs, tuition is reduced 55% per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans. Tuition reductions are also available for graduate programs and military spouses.

    Tuition Savings for Military

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2018–2019
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*The CCAF associate's degree combines college courses with your Air Force training. Please visit the AI Portal or your education office to determine what training is required to complete your degree, in addition to the five GEM courses. Approval to participate in these programs should not be taken as an endorsement by the Air Force.