To try out AFROTC, with no commitment, all you have to do is take one class and a two-hour leadership lab each semester. Total time devoted to AFROTC is about 5-6 hours a week as a freshman or sophomore and about 8 hours as a junior-grad student, and that is it. You sign up for the classes just like you would with any other class in the 'Schedule of Classes' bulletin. We are under Aerospace Studies (AERO). Choose the 101/102 level class if you are a freshman, 201/202 as a sophomore, etc.

If you are in High School, go to AFROTC website to apply for a scholarship online. If you want to compete for a scholarship, you have to apply between 1 April and 1 December of your senior year in High School--the sooner the better. If you are in college, you apply early in the Spring semester; contact us for specifics.

Currently, AFROTC is offering numerous exciting financial incentives, rewarding leadership opportunities, and a bunch of pilot and navigator slots to those who meet the requirements. Right now, the demand the for pilots and navigators is high, so aim high and apply! If you aren't interested in becoming a pilot or navigator, there are over 100 other career fields you can pursue.

Air Force ROTC stresses leadership and communication skills training and application throughout the program. These skills will benefit you no matter what you end up doing after college. There are so many good things about Air Force ROTC and the Air Force in general. Here is a sample:

  • Fun, friendships, camaraderie, esprit de corps
  • Serve your country and community
  • Member of an awesome team, very friendly work environment
  • Over 100 career fields from which to choose
  • Numerous scholarships to compete for (up to full-ride scholarships toward tuition/fees plus a monthly tax-free stipend based on the cadet's program year: freshman $250/month, sophomores $300/month, juniors $350/month, seniors $400/month
  • Exciting classes and leadership labs
  • Chance to try out AFROTC with no commitment to join the AF
  • Leadership and communication skills training and application
  • Excellent salary (currently $40K for a 2Lt, $50K 2 years later as a 1Lt, and $60K 4 years after college as a Capt, with cost-of-living raises every year)
  • Guaranteed job when you graduate, and many companies love to hire former AF officers
  • If you choose to stay in, retirement pay after only 20 years of service (currently approximately $32K for a retired Major)
  • Fun things to do: fly, parachute, intramural sports, etc.
  • Chances to travel (stateside and overseas)
  • According to the 2012 biannual Air Force climate survey, 82% of all Airmen were satisfied with working for the Air Force.
  • Intramural sports, fitness centers, libraries, movie theaters, auto hobby shops, commissaries, etc. on every base, 30 days vacation ever year, build physical fitness habits, see the United States and world, get 100% of your tuition paid for a Master's Degree
  • You are a leader, mentor, and role model; outrank approximately 80% of AF your first day on the job as an AF officer
  • So many more benefits too numerous to list...

After taking AFROTC classes (and especially if you spend 4 years in the active-duty AF), you will feel confident in handling huge, complex projects and in leading a multitude of individuals. Also, you will make a lot of lifelong friends and will have a lot of fun. The AF is very similar to any large corporation, except we are a closely-knit team/family. The AF has great, motivational leaders who take care of their people and strive to live by our core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

You don't incur a commitment to the Air Force until you sign a contract or receive and accept an AFROTC scholarship. Thus, if you get a 4-year Air Force ROTC high school scholarship for college, you get the first year as a tryout. If you don't like AFROTC, you can walk away after your freshman year with no payback and no commitment to serve in the AF. If you don't receive a scholarship, you can still take ROTC classes and you won't incur a commitment to serve the AF unless you sign a contract prior to your junior year. Thus, you can try out a class or two with no obligation to join--kind of like test-driving Air Force ROTC.

 

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