Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Here you will find answers to questions most commonly asked by prospective cadets. While these are targeted at future cadets, these questions can also be informative for parents as well.

  1. How do I join AFROTC if I am already in college?
  2. What can I do in the Air Force if I am not a pilot?
  3. What is the difference between AFROTC and enlisting in the Air Force?
  4. Will the Air Force pay for my school?
  5. What happens after I graduate college and complete AFROTC?
  6. What is the service commitment after completing AFROTC?
  7. What is AFROTC like in college?
  8. Can I be in AFROTC if I am not awarded a scholarship?
  9. Will I be called to active duty while I am attending college?
  10. Will the Air Force pay school loans?
  11. Can I be on reserve status rather than active duty after AFROTC?
  12. In what majors is the Air Force interested?
  13. How can I join AFROTC if I already have a BA/BS degree?
  14. How can I be in AFROTC if I am not a US citizen?

 

1. How do I join AFROTC if I am already in college?

Once you are enrolled as a full time student, you can register for AS101 if you are a freshmen . If you are a sophomore or only have 3 years left of your degree, you may still join but will need to contact the Unit Admissions Officers first.

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2. What can I do in the Air Force if I am not a pilot?

There are a wide variety of career opportunities available. Only 4% of those in the Air Force are pilots leaving numerous other technical, scientific, specialty and healthcare careers available – all of them fulfilling, all providing you with important leadership experience. View a list of career opportunities in the Air Force ROTC.

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3. What is the difference between AFROTC and enlisting in the Air Force?

AFROTC is one of three commissioning sources for the USAF. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree and AFROTC you will be commissioned as an officer, followed by specific training in a career field. Officers are trained to be the leaders and supervisors of enlisted personnel. Rank, pay, and career opportunities for officers are commensurate with their elevated level of responsibility. Enlisting in the Air Force is done through a local recruiter followed by basic training and prospective technical training. This avenue does not require a college degree.

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4. Will the Air Force pay for my school?

AFROTC offers many scholarship opportunities. Prospective AFROTC cadets can apply for a high school scholarship before entering into college. Once in college, AFROTC cadets can apply for an in-college scholarship. This process is handled by the host detachment.

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5. What happens after I graduate college and complete AFROTC?

Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree and AFROTC you will be commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force.

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6. What is the service commitment after completing AFROTC?

Most careers require an active duty service commitment of four years with the exception of flying and medical careers. Following the active duty service commitment, four years of inactive reserve is required.

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7. What is AFROTC like in college?

AFROTC is a program that will challenge and train ones leadership skills and leadership potential. The academic class will teach military education and aerospace history. Leadership labs take place once a week. They are designed to train cadets to react as leaders to various situations. Experienced cadets are tasked with leadership positions within the cadet corps and are responsible for training new cadets. You are required to wear a uniform to your ROTC classes during the week.

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8. Can I be in AFROTC if I am not awarded a scholarship?

Yes, there are many cadets that are not on scholarship who complete the program and earn a commission in the US Air Force.

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9. Will I be called to active duty while I am attending college?

Not likely, the chances of this are extremely slim but cadets are contracted with the Air Force, which makes it a very remote possibility.

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10. Will the Air Force pay school loans?

No, unfortunately AFROTC will not pay any student loans.

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11. Can I be on reserve status rather than active duty after AFROTC?

No, you must be on active duty status after completion of AFROTC. Once this commitment is up, you can continue in the Air Force as a reservist.

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12. In what majors is the Air Force interested?

All majors. Cadets should choose a major that they feel comfortable with. However, technical career fields in the Air Force will require technical degrees. Currently the Air Force is in desperate need of Electrical Engineers and Meteorologists.

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13. How can I join AFROTC if I already have a BA/BS degree?

Officer Training School (OTS) is normally the desired commissioning source for applicants with bachelor’s degrees. Graduate students can participate in AFROTC and apply for some in-college scholarships. For individuals who are not eligible because of age for an AFROTC scholarships, can enroll in AFROTC. During their last two years, they would receive stipend only.

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14. How can I be in AFROTC if I am not a US citizen?

You can begin AFROTC while in the process of becoming a citizen. However, you cannot contract with AFROTC until citizenship is granted. A cadet not on scholarship will typically contract the last day of their sophomore year.

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