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Program Overview

There are three ways to become an officer in the United States Air Force:

  1. Air Force R.O.T.C.
  2. Officer Training School (OTS)
  3. Air Force Academy

Are you interested in joining Air Force ROTC through one of Detachment 607′s affiliated schools?

FAQs
What is Air Force ROTC?

Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1000 campuses across the country that prepares young men and women to become leaders in the U.S. Air Force. You will grow as an individual both mentally and physically while developing lifelong friendships. You will acquire and develop strong leadership skills. You may also earn an opportunity to pay for school through scholarships and stipends. Moreover, AFROTC prepares you to compete for a position in one of the top, high-tech organizations in the world--the Air Force.

Am I eligible?

AFROTC primarily recruits and trains individuals working on their first undergraduate degree. Hence, AFROTC will not accept any applicant who has already completed a graduate degree without first approving a waiver. Each applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age 14 or older: for the majority of career fields, cadets must commission before age 30 (up to age 35 with waiver)
  • Full-time student enrolled at Fayetteville State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, or Methodist University
  • Minimum 850 SAT score (verbal and math; excludes written) or a minimum 17 ACT score
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater for ALL attempted college coursework
  • Able to participate in required Aerospace Studies course(s), Leadership Laboratory, and physical fitness sessions
  • Students with a completed undergraduate or graduate degree may seek AFROTC approval for program entry if they major in critical technical undergraduate majors, meet outstanding and deserving criteria, and meet the above criteria.

Can I fly?

Yes! We're looking for pilot and navigator (i.e., rated) candidates. Qualified cadets compete for pilot and navigator slots during their junior year. Candidates must meet age, academic, physical examination, and visual requirements. For example, cadets who earn candidacy in a rated category must commission before their 29th birthday. The age restriction for rated duty cannot be waived.

Bad Eyesight: I have bad eyesight, is it true that I cannot be a pilot?

The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) will make the final determination as to whether you are pilot qualified.

Scholarships:

Reference our Scholarship page for the latest information.

Am I limited on what major I can pursue?

You may choose the major of your choice to participate in AFROTC. However, refer to our Scholarship page for more details on which majors are more likely to compete favorably for a scholarship.

How do I enroll?

Enroll in Leadership Laboratory and ...

  • Fayetteville State University - ARSS 111
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke - ARS 1110
  • Methodist University - ARS 1110

4-year Program:

The first two years of the Air Force ROTC program comprise the General Military Course (GMC). The GMC consists of one hour of classroom work, two hours of physical training, and two hours of leadership laboratory (LLAB) each week. Upon completion of the GMC requirements, students must compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Couse (POC), in order to continue in the AFROTC program. The competition for entry into the POC entails applying for and earning an enrollment allocation to attend field training (FT) and then successfully completing FT. Students must successfully complete the summer field training encampment in Montgomery, Alabama before they are admitted into the POC.

Cadets enrolled in the POC attend class three hours a week, two hours a week of physical training, and two hours a week of LLAB. In the POC, cadets apply what they learned in the GMC and at FT. POC cadets conduct the LLAB and manage the detachment's cadet wing. Once enrolled in the POC, all cadets are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles them to a monthly nontaxable subsistence allowance (stipends range up to $500 a month) during the academic year.

Cadets who complete their undergraduate degree before completing AFROTC requirements are authorized to take graduate courses as long as the period of the graduate work does not exceed 50 percent of their time in the POC. In other words, at least one year of the cadet's time in the POC will be as an undergraduate student, and the student CANNOT spend more than one year in the POC as a graduate student.

3-year Program:

The Air Force ROTC three-year program is reserved for students with a military affiliation. That is, the student has prior ROTC, JROTC, or military experience or was raised in the culture by military family members. Cadets pursuing a three-year commissioning program will dual enroll in AS 1xx- and AS 2xx-series courses their first academic year in the program.

The first year of the Air Force ROTC program will comprise the General Military Course (GMC). For the 3-year program student, the GMC consists of two hours of classroom work, two hours of physical training, and two hours of leadership laboratory (LLAB) each week. Upon completion of the GMC requirements, students must compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Couse (POC), in order to continue in the AFROTC program. The competition for entry into the POC entails applying for and earning an enrollment allocation to attend field training (FT) and then successfully completing FT. Students must successfully complete the summer field training encampment in Montgomery, Alabama before they are admitted into the POC.

Cadets enrolled in the POC attend class three hours a week, two hours a week of physical training, and two hours a week of LLAB. In the POC, cadets apply what they learned in the GMC and at FT. POC cadets conduct the LLAB and manage the detachment's cadet wing. Once enrolled in the POC, all cadets are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles them to a monthly nontaxable subsistence allowance (stipends range up to $500 a month) during the academic year.

Cadets who complete their undergraduate degree before completing AFROTC requirements are authorized to take graduate courses as long as the period of the graduate work does not exceed 50 percent of their time in the POC. In other words, at least one year of the cadet's time in the POC will be as an undergraduate student, and the student CANNOT spend more than one year in the POC as a graduate student.

Field Training:

Field Training is, in most cases, a cadet's first exposure to a working Air Force environment. Field Training takes place during the summer at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama and at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The program is designed to develop military leadership and discipline, and to provide Air Force officer orientation and motivation. At the same time, the Air Force can evaluate each cadet's potential as an officer. Field Training includes Air Force orientation, marksmanship training, physical fitness, and survival training.

Faculty:

The AFROTC instructors are well-educated, experienced Air Force officers. Selection is determined by professional experience, academic background, and qualifications as instructors. These officers typically hold the commissioned ranks of Captain through Colonel.

Military Service Obligation:

Scholarship cadets and cadets who enter the Professional Officer Course must agree that they will accept a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force after they complete all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements. Most cadets incur a four-year military service obligation (MSO) in regular Air Force (also referred to as the Active Component). Pilots and navigators incur a 10-year active duty service commitment. However, cadets who commission into the Air Reserve Component (ARC) and affiliate with an ARC unit may incur a six-year MSO or may fulfill their MSO for a maximum of 8 years in the Individual Ready Reserve.

Opportunities for Enlisted Airmen:

Reference our Enlisted Commissioning Program information page for the latest information.

What are the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) standards?

All cadets and aspiring cadets must score a minimum of 85 in order to pass their PFA and to participate in the AFROTC program. Although you must meet or exceed the minimums in every area of the PFA in order to pass, if you only meet the minimums in each category, you will fail the PFA because the minimums will result in a score less than 85. Again, failure to meet any of the minimums will also result in a PFA failure. Refer to page 2 of AFROTC Form 30 for your fitness score scale.

Males under the age of 30 may maximize their score with the results below (subject to change without notice):

  • 1.5 mile run time: 9:12 minutes
  • Abdominal Circumference: 35.0 inches
  • Push-ups in 1 Minute: 67
  • Sit-ups in 1 Minute: 58

Females under the age of 30 may maximize their score with the results below (subject to change without notice):

  • 1.5 mile run time: 10:23 minutes
  • Abdominal Circumference: 31.5 inches
  • Push-ups in 1 Minute: 47
  • Sit-ups in 1 Minute: 54

The minimums for males under the age of 30 are below (subject to change without notice):

  • 1.5 mile run time: 13:36 minutes
  • Abdominal Circumference: 39.0 inches
  • Push-ups in 1 Minute: 33
  • Sit-ups in 1 Minute: 42

 The minimums for females under the age of 30 are below (subject to change without notice):

  • 1.5 mile run time: 16:22 minutes
  • Abdominal Circumference: 35.5 inches
  • Push-ups in 1 Minute: 18
  • Sit-ups in 1 Minute: 38

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