Frequently Asked Questions

What is Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)?
Are there scholarships available?
Does enrolling in ROTC mean I am joining the Air Force?
How long is my active duty service commitment?
Can I become a pilot?
Is everyone in the Air Force a pilot?
How much will I get paid?
Can I participate in other campus activities?
Do I have to live in barracks?
Can I just take the class if I'm interested?
What is Leadership Laboratory?
How much time does AFROTC take?
Do I have to go through basic training?
Do I have to shave my head?
What are the physical fitness requirements for joining AFROTC?
Do I have to wear a uniform?
Do I have to buy uniforms?
Will being a AFROTC cadet affect my grades?


What is Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)?

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is an educational program that gives men and women the
opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees. You receive your military training and go to college at the same time .

Optimally the program lasts four years, but can be completed in 3, 2 or even 1 year if you are majoring in a
critically needed area. Any student (graduate or under-graduate) with more than 2 years remaining should be
eligible for one of our programs. As a freshmen or sophomore, you take a one-hour class each week to learn basic Air Force knowledge (the General Military Course). There is no commitment for the first two years unless you are on scholarship.

Between the sophomore and junior years, cadets attend a four to six-week field training exercise affectionately known as "camp." Physical conditioning, weapons orientation, and survival training are just a few of the things you'll go through.

Cadets who are still serious about becoming an Air Force officer after "camp" begin the Professional Officer
Course (POC) in their junior year. This three-hour course each semester offers advanced training in leadership,
management, and communications skills . After a year in the POC, cadets find out what their jobs will be in the Air Force.

Upon graduation, cadets receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants and begin their careers as Air Force Officers.

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Are there scholarships available?

Yes! There are scholarships available for almost everyone; click here to learn more about scholarship
opportunities.


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Does enrolling in ROTC mean I am joining the Air Force?

No. The first two years of the program are designed to be a trial period for you. The classes during this time give you general information about the Air Force. It is a time to decide if ROTC and the Air Force is for you WITHOUT commitment. You incur commitment once you begin your junior year OR if you activate a scholarship. This is called "contracting."

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How long is my active duty service commitment?

Upon graduation you will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the active duty Air Force. Your commitment is 4 years, whether you were on scholarship or not. Pilots and navigators have an extended commitment. Ten years for pilot and six years for Navigator.

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Can I become a pilot?

Possibly. If you are willing to work hard, and meet the strict requirements, who knows? Check out this Factsheet (PDF) for information about Air Force pilot and navigator opportunities.

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Is everyone in the Air Force a pilot?

Of course not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot. That opportunity is available to those who wish to pursue it, but there are approximately 120 other career fields that need experienced, dedicated officers. Only about 20% of the Air Force flies. Click here for a listing of all of the occupational opportunities in the Air Force.

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How much will I get paid?

JUST THINK, AS A LIEUTENANT, FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE, YOU'LL BE MAKING ABOUT $28,000 - $36,000* A YEAR! ONLY ABOUT 78% OF THAT IS TAXABLE! As an officer, your pay depends on your rank and time in service. And, if you're a doctor or a pilot, there are some special pay considerations and bonuses. In four years you'll be making $47,000 - $55,000 as a captain!
* These estimates use FY 2003 figures for pay, housing, and subsistence (salary varies depending on dependent status and job location). Click
here for up-to-date pay, housing, and subsistence figures.

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Can I participate in other campus activities?

Yes. You may play sports, join fraternities and sororities, work and/or fill your time as you desire. You will be a full time college student. We encourage you to be well rounded, and involved on campus. Most of our students also have a part-time job.

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Do I have to live in barracks?

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 a house or apartment.

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Can I just take the class if I'm interested?

Of course. If you are not sure if an Air Force career is for you, this is the best way to find out. Anyone is welcome to take the Aerospace Studies courses to learn what we are all about, with absolutely NO COMMITMENT, for academic credit. One only needs to register for the class and pass the academic portion. You would not be required to attend the Leadership Laboratory portion.

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What is Leadership Laboratory?

We have "Lead Lab" on Tuesday from 1500-1700 hours. In LLAB we cover the basics of drill and
ceremonies, customs and courtesies, and other essential skills and knowledge you will need. Learn more about
the Leadership Laboratory.

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How much time does AFROTC take?

How much time you devote to AFROTC is really up to you. You can be as active in the corps as you like. The Cadet Wing has plenty of extra-curricular activities to get involved in. At a minimum, you will spend approximately six hours a week in class and lab, during your first two years.

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Do I have to go through Basic training?

No. The closest thing to basic training in AFROTC is a 4-week field training course between your sophomore and junior year. Field Training is an intense training period that gives you a firsthand look at Air Force life. You will attend field training with cadets from around the country and get leadership, management, and problem solving experience, as well as survival training, weapons familiarization, and physical training.

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Do I have to shave my head?

No. However, hair must be kept in accordance with Air Force guidelines concerning grooming standards when in uniform.

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What are the physical fitness requirements for joining AFROTC?

Physical fitness is important to the the Air Force Mission. All cadets participate in a mandatory Physical Training session on Monday and Wednesday at 0600 hours. The AFROTC Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is given once each semester. Passing the PFT is not mandatory for continuation in the program, until you "go on contract" with us. You would contract when you receive a scholarship from us or at the beginning of your junior year (if you successfully complete field training), whichever is sooner. After you contract with us, you are required to pass the PFT every semester. Learn more about the physical requirements.

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Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes. Cadets are required to wear the uniform all day on Tuesdays from 0800 until close of business (COB), usually 1700. Cadets are also required to wear the uniform to their Aerospace Studies courses.

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Do I have to buy uniforms?

No. All of the necessary uniform items will be issued to you free of charge.

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Will being an AFROTC cadet affect my grades?


It should not affect your grades. You will have to learn to manage your time at college. You need to find a balance between classes, homework, AFROTC, job and other activities you become involved in. You can't become an officer without your degree, therefore, we continually stress your grades are the most important thing. You do not major in AFROTC. Academics should be a top priority.

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