Multiple Air Force ROTC programs are available. Students who qualify may elect to pursue either of these programs.
Four- or Three-Year Program
The four- or three-year program consists of the General Military Course: six quarters of lower-division Air Force Studies classes, including a laboratory each term, and the Professional Officer Course: six quarters of upper-division Air Force Studies classes, including a laboratory each term. Four- or three-year cadets attend four weeks of expeditionary summer field training (AS 304) prior to their junior year of college.
Previous military experience—ROTC, academy, or military service—may allow the Professor of Air Force Studies to waive all or part of the General Military Course (first-year and sophomore years) for students enrolled in the four-year AFROTC program.
Students may enter the first-year class during the fall, winter, or spring term. Sophomore students may take the first-year and sophomore level courses concurrently. Prior to enrolling in the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, the student must meet AFROTC qualification standards and requirements.
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This program provides an opportunity for students who did not enter ROTC previously. Entry is on a competitive basis. Selectees attend mandatory five-week summer field training (AS 304) two summers before commissioning with a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree. Applicants must have one year remaining in college after the five-week field training. The curriculum includes AS 304 (five-week field training); six quarters of upper-division Air Force Studies classes, including a laboratory each term.
Students in the four-year program incur no obligation during their first two years in AFROTC unless on scholarship. The student agrees to accept a commission, if offered, only after enrolling in AS 311. High school scholarship students incur a commitment at the beginning of their sophomore year. Upon accepting their commissions, students incur a four-year commitment; pilots incur a 10-year obligation after completion of pilot training; combat systems officers and air battle managers incur a six-year obligation after initial training. Graduates pursuing medical school incur a four-year commitment after medical school.
Cadets must be U.S. citizens of sound physical condition, maintain academic standards and high moral character. Air Force physical fitness standards must be met prior to attending field training and commissioning.
Cadets must be commissioned as Air Force officers prior to age 30.
Further Educational Opportunities
After completion of AFROTC requirements, advanced degrees may be sought by delaying active duty commitments. Some commissioned officers continue advanced studies through fully-funded Air Force Institute of Technology or other DoD-sponsored programs.
Under the Air Force ROTC program, one summer field training session is required, normally after the AS 200 year. Successful completion of field training is required for all cadets prior to membership in the Professional Officer Course. Students are paid varying amounts during field training.