About Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is a college program designed to train and commission officers into the United States Air Force.  AFROTC is like a campus club and a leadership training course rolled into one. It is a great place to meet new people who share similar interests and prepare yourself for the leadership position you will achieve with a commission as an officer in the world’s best Air and Space Force.

There are three primary areas of the ROTC program: academics, leadership training and physical fitness.

The program is divided into two main groups of students called cadets.  In your first two years of ROTC, you will be a member of the General Military Course (GMC). Unless on scholarship, there is absolutely NO commitment to remain in ROTC or join the Air Force while you are in the GMC.

After your first two years, if you decide to remain in the program and pursue your commission, you will attend Field Training, a four-week training course (6 weeks in some circumstances) where you will develop your leadership skills and learn about the active duty Air Force first hand.

After Field Training, you will contract and become a member of the Professional Officer Corps (POC). Your final two years are spent in the Professional Officer Corps.  The POC cadets conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit's cadet wing. The cadet wing is based on the Air Force organizational pattern of wing, group, squadron and flight.  All members of the POC will have the opportunity to hold a position of significant leadership (wing, group, squadron or flight commander) at least once in their cadet career.  Through this experience, you will gain the necessary skills and expertise to be an effective Air Force officer and a future leader in the U.S. Air Force.

After successful completion of the AFROTC program, cadets achieve their goal of being sworn in as an officer in the United States Air Force and go on to one of over 90 possible careers.







ROTC can help you pay for college, and when you complete your degree you’ve got a guaranteed career after school – debt free.

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Last updated 20 Dec 2013

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