Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is usually a four year program for college students, the mission of which is to develop quality leaders for the Air Force. Cadets may pursue any major, and those with majors in scientific or medical fields are especially encouraged to join. However, no matter what a cadet decides to study, AFROTC is always committed to instilling in its students vital professional skills and dedication the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do!
Frequently Asked Questions
No! Just one day a week, on Air Force ROTC field trips, and on base visits. Remember, we furnish all your required uniform items at no cost to you.
They cover Air Force history, how the Air Force contributes to the national security, leadership and management skills, what is means to be an officer, and communications skills and techniques. In addition, there are a number of interesting and knowledgeable guest speakers from both the Air Force and civilian community.
Perhaps a scholarship -- based on merit not need -- that helps pay tuition and books. We offer you a chance to be part of one of the best organizations on campus where you'll make friends that will last a lifetime.
No, any undergraduate student with at least 3 years remaining in their degree program can join AFROTC as long as they meet basic eligibility requirements.
Possibly. You must qualify by passing a physical exam, and physical fitness test and earn qualifying scores on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT). Air Force ROTC's pilot and navigator spots are increasing in numbers over the next few years.
No, not while in college, and not while in the Air Force. Entry-level officers are equivalent to junior executives. Most officers live off-base in an apartment or house, though most locations offer on-base housing to both married and bachelor officers.
The only required time is during your Air Force ROTC class and Leadership Lab one day each week. (This equates to approximately three hours a week for freshmen and sophomores; five for juniors and seniors.). However, we encourage everyone to become involved in the corps. Basically, after meeting program requirements, you can devote as much or as little time to AFROTC as you want.
JUST THINK, AS A LIEUTENANT, FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE, YOU'LL MAKE ABOUT $50,000 A YEAR AND ONLY ABOUT 78% OF THAT IS TAXABLE! As an officer your pay depends on your rank and time in service. If you are a doctor or pilot, there are some special pay considerations and bonuses. In four years, you can be making $75,000 as a captain.
No. In fact, many companies prefer to hire former officers over new college graduates (even those with masters degrees). Your Air Force experience, the management and leadership skills you've gained on active duty, and your active duty educational benefits can give you the competitive edge you need.
GMC refers to the General Military Course (GMC), the freshman and sophomore years of the program. As a GMC cadet you learn about officer careers and benefits, customs and courtesies, drill and ceremony, basic Air Force communication, Air Force history, and how the Air Force is organized. POC refers to the Professional Officer Course (POC), the final two years of the four-year program. As a POC cadet you are learning about leadership, management, national security and what life as a junior officer will be like. Additionally, as a POC cadet you're helping plan activities, run the cadet corps, and train the GMC cadets--great leadership experience!!
Possibly. The Professor of Aerospace Studies (PAS--the head of the AFROTC Program at your school--) may waive some or all of the GMC if you were 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.
Field Training offers you a firsthand look at the Air Force environment. You'll attend Field Training during the summer at selected Air Force bases before you enter the POC. At Field Training, you'll receive career orientation, junior officer training, aircraft and aircrew indoctrination, survival training, weapons familiarization, physical training, familiarization with the organization, and the function of an Air Force base. Field Training serves as "Boot Camp" or "Basic Training."
The summer between your sophomore and junior year. Prior Service cadets who have achieved NCO status and Four-Year program cadets attend a 4-week Field Training camp, Two-Year program applicants attend a 6-week Field Training camp. The Air Force pays for your transportation to and from the camp, and provides a salary of $20 per day while at camp.
You can, at the discretion of the PAS, some GMC credit can be given for two or more years of JROTC. Also, the unit commander can give credit for part of the GMC for the Spaatz, Earhart, and Mitchell Awards.
There is no service commitment for students who take our classes with no intention of becoming an Air Force officer. For these types of students, it's only another class. If you are interested in becoming an officer, there is NO service commitment during the first two years of the AFROTC program (the GMC). If you decide to stay and join the POC (the last two years of the program), you'll sign an enlistment contract with the Air Force and are then under a service obligation. For AFROTC scholarship students, you're obligated once you've activated the scholarship and have entered your sophomore year.
First, don't panic. Quite often, it takes time for all the paperwork to catch up and you may receive a bill showing you owe money. Simply bring it into the Air Force detachment and we will help resolve any discrepancies.
Yes! There are several programs available; some involve scholarship opportunities, while others are at your own expense. Remember, the first step in any Airman to Officer program is a stop at your base Education Office. Each of these programs has deadlines and age limitations, so check early.
Air Force ROTC classes are open to all students-no restrictions. However, if you intend to become an Air Force officer, then there are some qualification requirements. Contact the detachment for details and to see if you are qualified.
The AFOQT measures verbal and math skills (similar to the college entrance exams) as well as your aptitude in academics, pilot, and navigator/technical areas. Testing requires about 4 1/2 hours. After you have taken the AFOQT and receive your scores, an Air Force officer at Detachment 490 will tell you how well you did.
YES! During the school year we visit local air force bases and during Leadership Lab we hold career nights. Air Force officers visit Leadership Laboratory and talk about their jobs and experiences. Additionally, we offer summer programs where you can spend several weeks at an Air Force base shadowing an officer in a career field in which you're interested. For more details about the many summer programs we offer.
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 flight position.
Yes! Opportunities are available for women and veterans. Since 1969, women have enrolled in Air Force ROTC. Today, women are training to become pilots, navigators, or pursuing one of more than 200 other career specialties. Pay, benefits and opportunities are the same for everyone in the Air Force. If you're a veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces and plan to attend college, you may be able to get a commission through Air Force ROTC. You must successfully complete a summer Field Training session before completing the Professional Officer Course. As a member of the POC, you will receive $450 to $500 a month (tax-free) besides any GI bill or VEAP benefits you are already entitled. You may also be eligible for an Air Force ROTC scholarship.
All contract cadets must complete the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) every semester within standards. The PFT includes sit-ups, push-ups and a 1.5 mile run.
How do Air Force ROTC graduates compare with Air Force Academy and Officer Training School graduates?
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 duty performance.