Air Force ROTC is a great way to help pay for college and launch your career immediately after school. As a member of Air Force ROTC, you’ll enjoy college life just like every other student. You’ll be involved in a community of driven individuals who want to get the most out of their college experience, their career and their life. Once you’re an Air Force Officer, you’ll be assigned a managerial position - an opportunity that will take non-Air Force ROTC graduates several years of experience in their field to reach. With Air Force ROTC, you’re guaranteed a successful career path right out of school.
Once a scholarship cadet enters the Professional Officer Course (POC) during their junior year, they are under contract. There is no commitment to serve in the U.S. Air Force until you enter this contract. After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, contracted cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force.
Most fields require a four-year active duty commitment, but some specific fields require a longer commitment:
- Pilots—10 years
- Combat Systems Officers—6 years
- Air Battle Management—6 years
After your initial obligation, it’s up to you whether you remain in the Air Force or pursue a civilian career. Either way, the education and leadership skills you’ll gain through ROTC will last your entire lifetime.
Cadets who receive nursing scholarships are required to serve four years of active duty in the Air Force Nurse Corps after successfully completing their licensing examination.
Base visits will give you an inside look at life in the Air Force. On your visit, you’ll get a real-world glimpse into your future as you shadow an officer who performs the job to which you’ll be assigned.
Cadet Jackson Prestwood, AFROTC MIT
Cadet Jackson Prestwood, a chemical engineering major, shares how AFROTC allowed him to get a scholarship and pursue his passion for science and a medical career.
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Combat Rescue Officers oversee recovery missions and teach survival strategies. These are some of the most courageous Airmen in the Air Force, dedicating their lives to the rescue and recovery of injured servicemen from the front lines.
ROTC programs are offered at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the United States. Check out possible schools and majors by clicking the button below.
Air Force ROTC unofficially began with the passage of the Morrill Act (Land-Grant Act) in 1862, which established military training at land-grant colleges and universities.
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