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In order to be eligible to enroll, you must meet the following:

  • Be a US Citizen or in the process of becoming a US Citizen (call us for details)
  •  Have good moral character; no excessive tickets or negative civil involvements
    • No previous use of illegal drugs, other than casual experimentation of marijuana
  • Be a fulltime student at an accredited 2 or 4 year school (JC, Private, or State Schools)
    • Carry a minimum of 12 credit hours per term.
  • Have a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (if previously enrolled in college)
  • Dedicate a minimum of 3 full time academic years to our program; a minor, double major, or commencement of the master's degree is allowed in order to reach the full 3-year requirement.
  • Meet our physical fitness standards.

No. You won’t sign a contract to serve in the Air Force until you either accept a scholarship or until your first day of your junior year in the program.

With Air Force ROTC, we provide you with lots of opportunities to see what the Air Force is about before signing up. And while you're waiting, you are getting college out of the way and having a lot of fun.

The mission of the high school Junior ROTC program is to build better citizens for America. The mission of the college ROTC program is to produce leaders for the Air Force. If you are interested in starting an Air Force Junior ROTC program at your high school, visit :

No. In fact, the majority of students enrolled in college ROTC have never been involved in the Junior ROTC program.

No. Any student with three years remaining in their studies should be eligible for our program. Please give us a call and we’ll determine if you have enough time remaining in your studies to complete AFROTC.

Yes. You can enroll in Aerospace Studies 111 and Aerospace Studies 223 and be what we call dual enrolled.

Yes, you can. Many of our students do not start with a scholarship, but many earn one eventually.

Yes. Depending on how many years you have left in college, you may qualify for a two- or three-year scholarship. For more details on scholarship opportunities, please visit for more information.

Definitely not! The fact that a cadet may have an Air Force ROTC scholarship has no bearing on an Air Force career. Nor does it make any difference while in the Air Force ROTC program.

None at all. In fact, we encourage you to take a curriculum you are interested in and in which you have the capability to do well. Our main academic concern is that you maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) above 2.5 and attain your degree in the time period planned. The GPA requirements are different if you are applying for a scholarship and once you are on scholarship. Check our Scholarships section for those specific requirements.

The Air Force is education-oriented and financially supports graduate studies. You can apply for the Air Force Institute of Technology to earn an advanced degree on full scholarship. Additionally, most bases have graduate college programs, and you may apply for the tuition assistance program that pays 100 percent of the tuition cost.

The test is given several times during the fall and spring and can be taken a maximum of two times with at least 6 months between tests.

Maybe. The Professor of Aerospace Studies may waive some or all of the GMC if you are prior enlisted. This is determined by the amount and kind of experience you had when you departed prior service. You may want to attend the sophomore Air Force ROTC classes and/or the preparation sessions for Field Training with the sophomores to see what Field Training with Air Force ROTC is all about. Prior service cadets normally attend the 4-week camp.

If you are interested in becoming an officer, there is NO service commitment during the first two years of the Air Force ROTC program (the General Military Course) unless you have an Air Force ROTC scholarship. If you decide to stay and join the Professional Officer Course (POC; the last two years of the program), you'll sign an allocation contract with the Air Force and then incur a service obligation. For Air Force ROTC scholarship students, you're obligated once you've activated the scholarship.

Other commissioning opportunities exist through the United States Air Force Academy.

Commissioning opportunities for college graduates also exist through Officer Training School, an intense 12-week program at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Commissioned Officer Training is a 4-week program designed for professionals who have received a direct commissioned appointment as a lawyer, chaplain or into a corps of the medical service.

And Reserve Commissioned Officer Training is a 13-day intensive program designed for hard-to-recruit Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard medical service officers.

Yes you do. Three years of Junior ROTC (JROTC) are considered equal to three semesters of the General Military Course (GMC), and two years are equal to one year of the GMC. No credit is given for less than two years of JROTC training. If academically feasible, we generally recommend students complete all four semesters in the GMC.

First, try your Air Force ROTC detachment instructor. While the instructor may not have a psychology degree, he or she does have experience in counseling and can direct you to the proper resources. Air Force ROTC instructors try to develop a strong professional rapport with each cadet. Each university also offers various resource offices for their students and many services are free as part of your student fees.

The unit commander can give credit for part of the GMC to cadets who receive the Spaatz, Earhart, and Mitchell Awards during any academic term of the GMC.

Most officers have a four-year commitment. For pilots, it's ten years after pilot training, and six years for navigators after training. Air Battle Managers have a six-year commitment.

You will compete in a selection process much like the one of an enrollment allocation as an officer candidate. The factors to be used will include your Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores, your camp performance rating, your Grade Point Average (GPA), your academic major, your Physical Fitness Test (PFT) score, and the Detachment Commander's rating. You will know your specific Air Force job category approximately six months before you're commissioned.

No. The vast majority of Air Force jobs do not involve flying at all. In the civilian world there are thousands of jobs and careers – doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, engineers, financial careers, food-service management – the list is endless. For almost every civilian out in the work force, there is an Air Force officer counterpart performing a similar job. For more information about the many careers available, please visit this link:

Cadets normally get commissioned in a special ceremony the same day they graduate. 

Not necessarily. You may request an educational delay if you desire to attend graduate school at your own expense before going on active duty. If approved, the Air Force will postpone your active-duty tour. Delays are routinely provided if you select to attend dental or medical school. Scholarships also exist for students accepted to medical school.

It depends. Check out the Flying Requirements for more information.

No. Your academic major plays a minor role in pilot and navigator selection. You can major in any degree program and compete to receive a pilot or navigator slot in Air Force ROTC. You can even be on an Air Force ROTC scholarship in an engineering or science major and compete on an equal basis for a flying position.

To compete for the pilot or navigator categories, you must be able to complete your bachelor's degree and be commissioned through Air Force ROTC before you are 29 years old.

No. In fact, many companies prefer to hire former officers over new college graduates (even those with master's degrees). Your Air Force experience, the management skills you've gained on active duty and your active-duty educational benefits can give you the competitive edge you need.

The Academy, ROTC and Officer Training School all produce qualified Air Force officers. The Air Force achieves better diversity and talent by getting officers from more than one commissioning source. Once on active duty, the most important factor in promotion is job performance.

Hair must be kept in accordance with Air Force guidelines when in uniform.

The only time cadets are required to wear their uniform is the day of Leadership Lab and during one class session during the week and three times a week with Physical Training. Occasionally, during special events, you may be required to wear your uniform.

The only required time is during your Air Force ROTC classes, Leadership Lab, and physical fitness training. (This equates to approximately five hours per week for freshmen and sophomores; six hours per week for juniors and seniors.)

Very well. Cadet "mentors" are assigned to new students. They can help students find classes, get textbooks, learn to wear the uniform correctly, meet other cadets and learn basic customs and courtesies. It is also the responsibility of the cadet's flight commander to help new cadets fit into the program. Many detachments also have tutoring programs and other forms of assistance. Hazing is not permitted! You'll find the cadet staff and detachment staff are concerned about your well-being and progress

Not as much as you think. Marching/drill is sometimes practiced during your squadron time at Leadership Laboratory. There are no mandatory drill sessions outside of LLAB.

Within the first couple of class periods, we will issue you a complete uniform and tell you how to arrange for having alterations completed (at no cost to you). However, you are responsible for keeping the uniform clean and presentable.

Your first and foremost concern is attending classes and maintaining good grades. After this, you will certainly want to examine some of the various activities sponsored by both your university and Air Force ROTC. There's something in our program of interest to everyone.

Yes. Generally, extracurricular campus activities and Air Force ROTC are perfectly compatible – as long as you do not overload yourself with extracurricular activities. A serious physical injury while participating in intercollegiate or intramural athletic activities may cause you to be disenrolled from Air Force ROTC because of a change in your physical profile.

Air Force ROTC is offered at over 1000 institutions throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.


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