FAQ | AFROTC Detachment 835

FAQ

1. What is AFROTC like in college?
AFROTC is a program that will challenge and train ones leadership skills. The academic class will teach military education and aerospace history. Leadership Laboratory takes place once a week during the semester and is 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.

2. How do I join AFROTC if I am already in college?
The program requires a minimum of 3 years for a student to earn a commission. You will have to sit down with the Recruiting Flight Commander to discuss your way forward. You can join the program as a freshman or sophomore student in the fall semester or as a freshman in the spring semester. We only allow sophomores to join in the spring semester in special circumstances.

3. If I join AFROTC, does that mean I'm joining the military?
No. You won't sign a contract to serve in the Air Force until you either accept a scholarship or until you complete Field Training inbetween your sophomore and junior year. 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 waiting, you are getting college out of the way and having a lot of fun.

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 college. Once in college, there may be opportunities for AFROTC cadets to receive an in-college scholarship.

5. Will the Air Force pay school loans?
No, unfortunately AFROTC will not pay any student loans.

6. 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.

7. How much time is involved in Air Force ROTC?
Your weekly requirements with AFROTC will amount to 5-6 hours of time at the Detachment as a freshman or sophomore or 8-10 as a junior or senior. You can put as little or as much time into Air Force ROTC as you want beyond that, as long as you satisfy all academic, Leadership Laboratory, and physical fitness requirements. The ROTC staff knows your studies are critical for your success in college, your success in the ROTC program, and your success in the future.

8. Do I have to live somewhere specific?
No, AFROTC allows you to live wherever you want: in the dorms, in an apartment, at home…the choice is yours!

9. Can I pursue a graduate education after I'm commissioned?
The Air Force is education-oriented and financially supports graduate studies. You can apply for the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) to earn an advanced degree on full scholarship. Additionally, most bases have graduate college programs, and you may apply for the tuition assistance program that pays for $250 per semester credit hour of the tuition cost.

10. What is the difference between AFROTC and enlisting in the Air Force?
AFROTC is one of the three commissioning sources for the Air Force. 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 the local recruiter followed by basic training and prospective technical training. This avenue does not require a college degree.

11. 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.

12. Can I be on reserve status rather than active duty after AFROTC?
Currently, there is a limited opportunity to commission into the Reserve or Guard. The student must find a Reserve/Guard unit to accept him/her before commissioning. There is no guarantee for this opportunity; most students are placed on active duty status after completion of AFROTC. Once your active duty commitment is up, you can continue your career in the Air Force in the Reserve or Guard.

13. What is the AFOQT? Do I have to take it?
The AFOQT is the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test that all cadets must take by the end of the fall semester of their AS200 year. For more information about the AFOQT, including an information pamplet and prep course, please click here.

14. What is my AFROTC class schedule?
Your AFROTC Classes comprises of three parts (academic class, Leadership Laboratory, and physical training)

Academic Class (NOTE: AS250 cadets must register for the AS200 class AND complete the AS100 class requirments as well)
AS 100 - Thursdays at 1300-1350 or 1400-1450
AS 200 - Thursdays at 1000-1050 or 1100-1150
AS 300 and 400 - Varies depending on cadets' schedules (2.5-3 hours)

Leadership Laboratory - Thursday at 1530-1730

Physical Training (Must attend 2 sessions/week for 1 hour each)
Tuesday at 0600 or 1830
Thursday at 1745 directly after Leadership Laboratory

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