Have a question about Air Force ROTC? Well, you are not alone. And chances are you will find your question listed here. You will find the answers, too.
- Do I have to cut my hair? »
- Do I have to wear a uniform to class every day? »
- How much time do I have to spend with Air Force ROTC each week? »
- How are new cadets treated? »
- How much marching and drilling will I have to do? »
- When will I receive my Air Force ROTC uniform? »
- Am I expected to participate in any extracurricular activities? »
- Can I participate in intercollegiate athletics while a member of the Air Force ROTC program? »
- Where can I attend Air Force ROTC? »
1. Do I have to cut my hair?
Hair must be kept in accordance with Air Force guidelines when in uniform.
2. Do I have to wear a uniform to class every day?
The only time freshman and sophomores are required to wear their uniform is during Leadership Lab, once a week. Juniors and seniors are only required to wear a uniform to Leadership Lab and during one class session during the week. Occasionally, during special events, you may be required to wear your uniform. Otherwise, wear whatever you want.
3. How much time do I have to spend with Air Force ROTC each week?
The only required time is during your Air Force ROTC classes, Leadership Lab and physical fitness training. (This equates to approximately four hours per week for freshmen and sophomores, six hours per week for juniors and seniors.)
4. How are new cadets treated?
Very well. Many detachments assign cadet sponsors to new students. They can help students find classes, get textbooks, learn to wear the uniform correctly, meet other cadets and learn basic customs and courtesies. It is also the responsibility of the cadet's flight commandercommanderThe officer in charge of running an Air Force unit's day-to-day operations. to help new cadets fit into the program. Many detachments also have tutoring programs and other forms of assistance. Hazing is not permitted! You will find the cadet staff and detachmentdetachmentThe Air Force ROTC unit at a host university. staff are concerned about your well-being and progress.
5. How much marching and drilling will I have to do?
Not as much as you think. Marching/drill is sometimes practiced during your squadron time at Leadership LaboratoryLeadership LaboratoryLLAB - ROTC course for all cadets to learn management and leadership skills. . There are no mandatory drill sessions outside of LLABLLABLeadership Laboratory - ROTC course for all cadets to learn management and leadership skills. .
6. When will I receive my Air Force ROTC uniform?Within the first couple of class periods, we will issue you a complete uniform and tell you how to arrange for having alterations completed (at no cost to you). However, you are responsible for keeping the uniform clean and presentable.
7. Am I expected to participate in any extracurricular activities?
Your first and foremost concern is attending classes and maintaining good grades. After this, you will certainly want to examine some of the various activities sponsored by both your university and Air Force ROTC. There is something in our program of interest to everyone.
8. Can I participate in intercollegiate athletics while a member of the Air Force ROTC program?
Yes. Generally, extracurricular campus activities and Air Force ROTC are perfectly compatible – as long as you do not overload yourself with extracurricular activities. A serious physical injury while participating in intercollegiate or intramural athletic activities may cause you to be un-enrolled from Air Force ROTC because of a change in your physical profile.
9. Where can I attend Air Force ROTC?
Air Force ROTC is offered at over 1,100 institutions throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.