CAREERS IN THE AIR FORCE
Interested in becoming an Air Force Judge Advocate General? Check out our Graduate Law Program.
The Graduate Law Program (GLP) is a two-year Air Force ROTC program for law students. Once selected for the GLP, students are guaranteed a position as an Air Force Judge Advocate upon successful completion of the Air Force ROTC program, graduation from an ABA-approved law school and completion of legal licensing requirements (including admission to practice before any state’s highest court).
The GLP is not a scholarship program. However, GLP students are paid during summer field training, and they also receive up to a $400 tax-free stipend each month of school during the last two years of their legal education. Check out the Air Force JAG website
To enroll, students must:
- Meet Air Force ROTC requirements
- Attend a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and affiliated with Air Force ROTC.
- Be in good academic standing.
- Meet Air Force ROTC entry standards, such as U.S. citizenship, Air Force Officer Qualifying Test minimum scores and Air Force ROTC weight, fitness and medical standards.
The application process is done in two parts:
- Apply through your school’s Air Force ROTC detachment at the beginning of the spring semester of your first year of law school.
- Complete the application and schedule a hiring interview with the senior attorney (Staff Judge Advocate) at a nearby Air Force base. The deadline for completion of all application paperwork and the hiring interview is February 1.
Selection is on a best-qualified basis. Selection factors include academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, community service, military record (if any) and the recommendation based on the interview. The best-qualified applicants are selected by the Judge Advocate General upon recommendations by a board of senior judge advocates. The selection board is convened in April of each year, and applicants are notified of the results by letter.
Selectees attend a field training encampment at an Air Force base during the summer between their first and second year of law school. They then complete the normal academic requirements for the Air Force ROTC two-year program while attending their second and third year of law school. For students with prior military service, field training is four weeks; for those with no prior military experience, field training is five weeks.
COMMISSIONING AND SERVICE COMMITMENT
Upon completion of the Air Force ROTC program and graduation from law school, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants. The initial period of active duty is four years. Those who have completed legal licensing requirements, including admission to practice before a state’s highest court, normally enter active duty shortly thereafter. Those who have not yet completed legal licensing requirements are granted an educational delay until they meet those requirements. Graduates of the GLP begin active duty as first lieutenants and are eligible for promotion to captain on the day they complete six months of active duty.
If you’re interested in becoming a nurse, Air Force ROTC has a great opportunity for you. The Nursing Scholarship Program is offered on a competitive basis.
To be eligible to apply for a Nursing Scholarship, you must:
- Be a United States citizen by the end of the projected term of activation.
- Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).
- Pass the Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness Testto be qualified by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board. (Non-AFROTC students can apply if the examination has been scheduled. If selected, they cannot activate a scholarship until the certification is complete.)
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative college grade point average.
- Not already be a contracted scholarship recipient.
- Meet the age, moral and other scholarship eligibility requirements for Air Force ROTC.
- Be a sophomore or junior, majoring in nursing at an college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Visit nlnac.org or http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs for a list of accredited programs.
You may also be eligible to receive scholarship money while you are in college. Click here to learn more.
HOW TO APPLY?
Applications for the Nursing Scholarship are processed at the detachment level. Contact the detachment serving the school you attend or desire to attend, and they will work to nominate you for the appropriate scholarship program.
After graduation, in exchange for getting their college education paid for, a contracted cadet accepts a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Most cadets make a four-year, active duty service commitment.
Find everything you need to know about ROTC requirements and what it takes to succeed in Air Force ROTC.
What if you didn’t have to worry about paying for college? ROTC offers a variety of scholarships that will help relieve the financial burden of your college education.
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