Air Force ROTC FAQ

Air Force ROTC offers two routes to an Air Force commission at more than 700 institutions throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico: the Air Force ROTC Four-Year Program and Three-Year Program.

You can attend Air Force ROTC at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, Air Force ROTC is offered at more than 1100 institutions throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

We have an agreement with the following schools to allow students to participate in Air Force ROTC:

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Daytona State College
  • University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach
  • Stetson

If you enroll at one of these schools, contact the registrar or Detachment 157 for more details on Air Force ROTC.

Air Force ROTC classes and credit information are listed in your school catalog. If you wish to enroll in the General Military Course, you enroll in Air Force ROTC as you would any other class at ERAU.
As a first-term freshman you enroll in AF 101 and AF 101L (Lab) in the fall and AF 102 and AF 102L (Lab) during the spring.
Remember: There's no commitment at this time. If you enroll at a college with a cross-enrollment agreement, have your advisor and registrar help you sign up for our program.

Enrollment allocations are typically awarded during the spring semester of your sophomore year. If you are a sophomore and interested in the 3-year program, apply to the Professor of Aerospace Studies in the fall. Don't delay. Plan on starting early. 

Competition factors include cumulative grade-point average, Air Force Officer Qualifying Test scores, academic history and choice of major, medical qualifications, a physical fitness assessment, and an interview.
Yes. You can enroll in AF 101 and AF 201 plus the AF 201L (Lab) and be what we call dual-enrolled during the fall of your sophomore year. You must have at least 3 years left in school to complete the program. Please contact the Detachment at 386-226-6880 or for further information.

Maybe. The Professor of Aerospace Studies may waive some or all of the GMC if you were prior enlisted. This is determined by the amount and kind of experience you had when you departed prior service.

You may want to attend the sophomore Air Force ROTC classes and/or the preparation sessions for Field Training with the sophomores to see what Field Training with Air Force ROTC is all about. Prior service cadets must meet the same commissioning requirements as other cadets and be selected to attend field training.

Maybe. The unit commander can give credit for part of the GMC for the Spaatz, Earhart, and Mitchell Awards (any academic term of the GMC). Contact the detachment for details.
Only if you are on an AFROTC scholarship.

Otherwise you are not committed during the first two years of the General Military Course (GMC) in Air Force ROTC. You can drop any GMC classes just like other classes at ERAU and not be committed.

Freshman Year

U.S. Military Forces (one hour each week) — A survey course that briefly treats topics relating to the Air Force and defense. It focuses on the organizational structure and missions of the Air Force organizations; officership and professionalism; and introduces communicative skills.

Leadership Laboratory (two hours each week) — This laboratory is conducted by AFROTC cadets corps and involves Air Force career opportunities; life and work of the Air Force junior officer; physical fitness activities; and military ceremonies.

Physical Fitness Training (two hours each week) — Generally on Monday and Friday of each week, the entire cadet wing will meet and conduct physical fitness training (PT).

Sophomore Year

Development of Air Power (one hour each week) — A critical examination of the development and use of air power from the first flights to the present; the evolution of air-power concepts and doctrine; and an assessment of communicative skills.

Leadership Laboratory (two hours each week) — This laboratory is conducted by AFROTC cadet corps and involves Air Force career opportunities; life and work of the Air Force junior officer; physical fitness activities and military ceremonies; and Field Training Preparation.

Physical Fitness Training (two hours each week) — Generally on Monday and Friday of each week, the entire cadet wing will meet and conduct physical fitness training (PT).

Junior Year

Air Force Leadership & Management (three hours each week) — A study of professionalism, leadership and management, and leadership and communication skills.

Leadership Laboratory (two hours each week) — This laboratory is conducted by the POC cadet corps and allows POC cadets to apply leadership and management skills as they work with GMC cadets.

Physical Fitness Training (two hours each week) — Generally on Monday and Friday of each week, the entire cadet wing will meet and conduct physical fitness training (PT).

Senior Year

National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society (three hours each week) — A study explaining the Armed Forces as an integral element of society with emphasis on American civil-military relations, and refinement of leadership and management skills.

Leadership Laboratory (two hours each week) — This laboratory is conducted by the POC cadet corps and allows POC cadets to apply leadership and management skills as they work with GMC cadets.

Physical Fitness Training (two hours each week) — Generally on Monday and Friday of each week, the entire cadet wing will meet and conduct physical fitness training (PT).


Commission as a second lieutenant.

As an Air Force ROTC cadet, you'll spend one or two class periods each week putting into practice the leadership skills and management theory acquired in class.

Leadership Laboratory is a cadet-centered program taken each year that will improve your ability to perform as an Air Force officer. You may also listen to military speakers, visit Air Force bases, view films, and take part in social functions.

All AFROTC cadets must attend field training. Cadets usually attend field training during the summer between their second and third years of college.

The purpose of field training is to evaluate military discipline and Air Force leadership potential, and to determine readiness for entry into the Professional Officer Course (POC) via leadership, followership, and team-building opportunities.

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The summer between your sophomore and junior year. This rigorous program involves physical conditioning, weapons training and survival training. Field training offers you the opportunity to develop your skills as both a leader and team member. The Air Force pays your transportation to and from the camp.

To qualify for the General Military Course, you must:

  • Be a full-time student at a school offering Air Force ROTC
  • Be a United States citizen (to receive a scholarship)
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have good moral character
  • Be at least 15 years old (17 to receive a scholarship appointment)

To qualify for the Professional Officer Course, you must:

  • Meet all the qualifications for the General Military Course and successfully compete for an enrollment allocation as an officer candidate.
  • Have two academic years remaining (undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of both) after completing the Air Force ROTC field-training encampment
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be 18 years old or 17 years old with consent from a parent or legal guardian
  • Be physically and medically qualified
  • Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
  • Be interviewed and selected by a board of Air Force officers
  • Be selected and successfully complete Field Training
  • Pass the Physical Fitness Assessment
The AFOQT is an additional requirement for all AFROTC cadets to pass. It is a standardized test similar to the SAT with the addition of sections that test for aviation and flight-related knowledge. The AFOQT measures verbal and math skills, as well as your aptitude in academics, pilot, and navigator/technical areas. Testing requires about 4 1/2 hours.

After you have taken the AFOQT and received your scores, an Air Force officer at Detachment 157 can tell you how well you did.
The test is given several times during the fall and spring and can be taken a maximum of two times with at least six months between tests.

Most scholarships pay college tuition and most laboratory, textbook and incidental fees, plus a monthly nontaxable allowance during the school year.

High School Seniors

There are three- and four-year scholarships available on a competitive basis to high school seniors or graduates who have not yet enrolled as full-time college students. Scholarships are awarded in many majors. To apply, see your high school counselor, an Air Force ROTC officer, an Air Force recruiter, or www.afrotc.comDon't wait to apply!

College Student, Air Force ROTC Cadet & Active Duty Airmen

Anyone — whether a college student, an Air Force ROTC cadet, or active-duty enlisted member who meets the requirements — may apply for two- and three-year scholarships. These scholarships are awarded according to the needs of the Air Force.

The current emphasis:

  • Technical Majors
  • Language Majors
  • Nursing Majors

You need to apply directly to the Air Force Detachment at a college offering Air Force ROTC.

Selections are based on scores achieved on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, overall grade-point average, and a rating from an interview. Also, you must be able to complete your bachelor's degree and be commissioned before you are 30 years old.

Definitely not.

All cadets are provided experience in followership, leadership, and mentoring.
As a scholarship cadet, your monthly stipend starts when you contract with the Air Force. This stipend ranges from $300 to $500, depending on your academic year. In addition, cadets on scholarship receive about $600 per year for textbooks.

You'll need to have an active bank account in order for the Air Force to directly deposit both of these allowances in your account.

However, if you attend Embry-Riddle University on a high school ROTC scholarship, the school provides an additional scholarship. Please check with ERAU Admissions and Financial Aid for additional information.
First, don't panic!

Quite often it takes time for all the paperwork to catch up, and you may receive a bill showing you owe money. Simply bring it into the Air Force detachment and we will take care of it.

Yes! There are two programs:

Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC (SOAR)

This program allows you to compete for four-, three-, and two-year scholarships and be released from active duty to enter college and complete the Air Force ROTC program. You must be able to graduate and complete the ROTC program before June 30 of the year you turn 30.

  • Learn more about the SOAR

Professional Officer Course-Early Release Program (POC-ERP)

This program is designed for those who can be commissioned before 35 years of age and can complete a bachelor's degree within two years. See your Base Education Services Officer for more information.


Cadet Training Assistant Program

A few highly motivated POC cadets have the opportunity to serve as assistants at summer Field Training. These cadets assist active-duty officers in training and evaluating the future POC cadets while they attend Field Training.

You will compete in a selection process much like the one of an enrollment allocation as an officer candidate. The factors to be used will include your AFOQT scores, your field-training performance rating, GPA, academic major, Physical Fitness Assessment score, and the Detachment Commander's rating.

You will know your specific Air Force job category approximately six months before you're commissioned.

You can pursue any academic major to participate in the program.

The Air Force is more than airplanes and the wild blue yonder. The Air Force is men and women who aim high and proudly work in their professions while serving their country.

Besides pilot and combat systems operator, there are missile launch officer, non-rated (non-pilot/non-nav) flight operations, pre-health, nursing, technical, and non-technical categories. Nearly every career area found in the civilian economy is also found in the Air Force.


Your academic major plays no role in pilot and combat systems operator selection. You can major in any bachelor's degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and compete to receive a pilot or combat systems operator slot in Air Force ROTC.

To compete for the pilot or combat systems operator categories, you must be able to complete your bachelor's degree and be commissioned through Air Force ROTC before you are 29 years old.
Pilot training is approximately 52 weeks. Air Force pilots are trained at various locations around the country, based upon the availability of the base.

Combat systems operator training is approximately 29 weeks.

Air Force ROTC strives to provide you a wide variety of professional and social activities. But your first and most immediate concern is attending classes and maintaining good grades.

There is something in our program and at the University to interest everyone. To name a few ...


The cadet corps participates in various intramural teams and activities, plus competes with others on campus.

Color Guard and Drill Team

These are teams of proficient cadets that perform in various formal ceremonies, sports events, parades, and competitions.

Air Force ROTC does not provide flight training to cadets in college. Air Force second lieutenant pilot candidates complete an Air Force flight screening program course of light aircraft training before attending Undergraduate Flight Training.

This training includes both ground and flight training. The ground training includes basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems, and emergency procedures. There are three factors needed to select pilot candidates: medical evaluation, test scores, and the number of pilots needed.
Yes. Opportunities are available for women and veterans.

Since 1969, women have enrolled in Air Force ROTC. Today, women are training to become pilots and navigators, or pursuing one of more than 200 other career specialties. Pay, benefits, and opportunities are the same for everyone in the Air Force.

If you're a veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces and plan to attend college, you may be able to get a commission through Air Force ROTC. You must successfully complete Field Training before completing the Professional Officer Course.

As a member of the POC, you will receive a monthly stipend (tax-free) besides any G.I. Bill™ or VEAP benefits you are already entitled. You may also be eligible for an Air Force ROTC scholarship.
Air Force ROTC cadets participate in structured physical activity two times per week. Physical fitness is an important aspect of Air Force life and gives an opportunity for fun and enjoyment.

While attendance is mandatory, many cadets find the activities so much fun that they actually spend off days doing voluntary PT.
All contract cadets must meet fitness standards performing the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) every semester. The PFA consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1 1/2-mile run, and a Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement and/or an abdominal circumference measurement.
About half of the Leadership Lab sessions (about 10 hours each semester) are devoted to drill and ceremonies. The remaining time is for guest lectures, joint training sessions, special projects, and competitive sports.
After passing the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), cadets receive a complete uniform, at no cost, and instructions for free alterations. Cadets are responsible to keep their uniform clean and presentable.
You're required to wear your uniform on the day you have Leadership Lab, as well as during your weekly ROTC class periods.

There are also certain military social events (Military Ball, Dining-Out, etc.) that require uniform wear.
Your Air Force ROTC officer-instructor has had training in counseling but may not have all the answers.

However, he or she cares about you and can direct you to the proper counseling resources. Our cadets are special individuals, not numbers.
Air Force ROTC cadets are respected members of the ERAU community, and the campus is highly supportive of the Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC programs. ROTC graduates have served honorably and with distinction.

Nearly 5 percent of ERAU's undergraduate student body is enrolled in Air Force ROTC!

Very well.

The Professional Officer Course cadets (upper level) are willing to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Your flight commander also helps you fit into the program.

There are tutoring programs and other forms of assistance available to you. Hazing is not permitted at any Air Force ROTC detachment. The staff is concerned about your well-being and progress and will treat you as an adult officer candidate.

You can put as little or as much time into Air Force ROTC as you want, 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.

Unless you are on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, there is no obligation while a freshman or sophomore in the General Military Course. Once you enter the POC, you incur an obligation to the USAF.

You must maintain these standards while in Air Force ROTC:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Be in good academic standing with the college and Air Force ROTC
  • Make satisfactory progress toward degree requirements to graduate when contracted and in the major you selected to enter the POC (changes must be approved)
  • Attend POC classes and Leadership Lab.
  • Wear your uniform to Leadership Laboratory and to AFROTC classes as directed by your AFROTC instructor
  • Meet the same dress and appearance standards as active-duty personnel, including haircuts
  • Remain physically qualified and maintain required physical fitness and weight standards
  • Comply with the Air Force drug abuse policy
  • Enlist in the Obligated Reserve Section of the Air Force Reserve

After graduating from college and completing all Air Force ROTC requirements, you'll be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Non-flying officers serve four years on active duty, navigators serve six years after one year of training, and pilots serve 10 years after one year of training.

Yes, but it's difficult and should be attempted only after a lot of thought and with a valid reason.

The Air Force offers scholarships only in specific majors. If you want to change your major before arriving, please contact your AFROTC scholarship point of contact.

Each officer-instructor possesses a master's degree and has considerable Air Force experience.

Air Force ROTC is a demanding job. Each instructor is handpicked by the Air Force and becomes a member of the ERAU academic faculty.

Graduating seniors are usually commissioned in special ceremonies on commencement day or soon afterward.

Benefits for active-duty Air Force members include:

  • Pay — Highly competitive salary and allowance package
  • Vacation — 30 days leave with pay each year
  • Sick leave — Unlimited; full pay continues
  • Medical care — Furnished at no cost
  • Dental care — Furnished at no cost
  • Life insurance — $400,000 of low-cost term life insurance
  • Social life — Officers' clubs, swimming, golfing, bowling, and tennis
  • Education — Opportunity for higher education with tuition assistance or full scholarship
  • Retirement — Opportunity to retire after 20 years with 50 percent of your base pay
  • Promotions
    • First Lieutenant after two years: more than $35,000 per year
    • Captain after four years: more than $45,000 per year
  • Shopping — Save as much as 25 percent in on-base stores
  • Living quarters — On-base housing available or off-base housing allowance paid
  • Travel — Outstanding opportunities for worldwide travel

The Air Force is education-oriented and financially supports graduate studies.

You can apply for the Air Force Institute of Technology to earn an advanced degree on full scholarship. You can work with the base education office to tailor the education to your needs.

The Academy, ROTC, and Officer Training School all produce qualified Air Force officers. The Air Force achieves better diversity and talent by getting officers from more than one commissioning source.

Once on active duty, the most important factor is duty performance.
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