1. If I join Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), does that mean I'm joining the military?
No. If you received a four-year scholarship from high school, then the first year of college is paid for and you can quit at the end of your freshman year with no obligation. If you received a three-year scholarship from high school or college, then you are not committed to the Air Force until you accept your scholarship (usually in the fall of your sophomore year). If you didn't recieve a scholarship, then you are not committed to joining the Air Force until you start your junior year of college.
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 participating, you are getting closer to graduation and having a lot of fun.
2. Do I have to join Air Force ROTC as a freshman?
No. Any student (graduate or undergraduate) with more than two years remaining should be eligible for our program.
3. Can I attend Air Force ROTC without a scholarship?
Yes, you can. Many of our students do not start with a scholarship, and depending on Air Force funds a small percentage will earn one.
4. Is preference shown toward scholarship cadets?
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.
5. Are there any restrictions as to what students select as their academic major?
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 2.00 and complete your degree in the time planned. The GPA requirements are different if you are applying for a scholarship and once you are on scholarship.
6. If I take Air Force ROTC classes, am I committed to military or government service once I join?
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 Air Force ROTC program, the General Military Course (GMC), unless you have an Air Force ROTC scholarship (see also FAQ 1). If you decide to stay and join the Professional Officer Course (POC) in the last two years of the program, you will sign an allocation contract with the Air Force and then be under a service obligation. For Air Force ROTC scholarship students, you are obligated once you have activated the scholarship and entered your sophomore year.
7. Is the four-year program more advantageous for students?
Yes, for the following reasons:
- It gives you more time to participate in Air Force ROTC without obligation, to gain experience and to decide whether you want to apply for the advanced program, the POC.
- You will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships, if eligible.