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Air Force and Space Force GEM Program

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55% for Active Duty
38% for Veterans
Tuition Reduction
10-Week Terms
Course Length
As Few As 5
Courses Required
100% Online
Course Delivery

Get Closer to Your CCAF Degree

Backed by the power of Purdue, Purdue Global gives you the flexibility to complete your required associate’s degree courses 100% online.

  • 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 and Space Force GEM program in 8 months.
  • Courses are 10 weeks in length and each term lasts 10 weeks.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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GEM Program Overview

GEM logoThe GEM program was designed to help you fulfill your Community College of the Air Force Associate in Applied Science 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.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Military Transfer Credits

Maximize your military career experience and earn a bachelor’s degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Use our Military Transfer Credit Estimator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

Academic Support

At Purdue Global, we provide students with the tools and resources to help them succeed in and out of the classroom. Once you begin on your degree path, you will find support for your academic and career goals. Our online Academic Success Centers offer assistance with writing, math, science, technology, and business.

What Courses Will I Take?

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.

Sample Courses

  • Public Speaking for the Professional
  • Ethics
  • Humanities and Culture
  • Survey of Mathematics
  • Sociology
View All GEM Courses

Program Requirements

Core Credits
Total Credits

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

View the total cost of attendance for your program.

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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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

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Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

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Your Path to Success Begins Here

Connect with an Advisor to explore program requirements, curriculum, credit for prior learning process, and financial aid options.


Purdue Global Military Contacts: If you need immediate assistance, please contact Advising at 866-583-4412 or email

Air Force GEM Program: The CCAF associate's degree combines college courses with your Air and Space Force training. Please visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center 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 United States Air and Space Force.

Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

Military Credit Awards: Purdue Global does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your CCAF and official Joint Service Transcript(s). Applicable state-specific program requirements, as listed in the University Catalog, may reduce the available transfer credits. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.