Competition for rated slots is based on merit and is very competitive. The Air Force seeks the highest-qualified applicants for Pilot, Navigator (Combat Systems Operator), Air Battle Manager, and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot career fields. A selection board at AFROTC Headquarters — not at local detachments — determines rated positions.
Selection for a rated position is based on a cadet's Order of Merit, which is determined by the following criteria:
NOTE: Academic major is not a factor for rated selection, contrary to popular belief. A cadet interested in a rated slot and majoring in Aeronautical Science or Aerospace Engineering, for example, is not given higher consideration over a cadet majoring in Psychology.
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