Air Force ROTC provides several programs in more than 1,100 schools to encourage the best of the best to become Officers in the U.S. Air Force. These programs and their requirements are frequently changing to meet officer production and scholarship budget requirements. In order to receive the most accurate, up-to-date information, please visit our separate website here.
ASCP and SOAR
The ASCP and SOAR programs offer active duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn a commission. Most Air Force ROTC Cadets can complete all bachelor’s degree and commissioning requirements in two to four years. The time you’re in school doesn’t count toward your total time in service. Applicants can select a major from this list of in-demand majors
The Air Force provides cadets with a scholarship (up to $18,000 per year), an annual textbook allowance and a monthly nontaxable stipend. Upon graduation and completion of the program, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and return for four years of active duty service.
This program offers active duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn a commission. They must complete all bachelor’s degree and commissioning requirements in two years as an ROTC cadet.
Those selected will separate from active duty, join an ROTC detachment and become full-time college students. The Air Force provides them a monthly nontaxable stipend. Upon graduation and completion of the program, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and will then be returned to active duty with a military obligation of four years' active duty and four years' reserves. All majors are accepted. This program is not intended to pursue a second bachelor’s or graduate degree.
JOINING AIR FORCE ROTC FROM OTHER BRANCHES
Members of other service branches who want to join Air Force ROTC and pursue a commission as an Air Force Officer may apply for the Professional Officer Course-Early Release Program (POC-ERP) or the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program (ASCP). Members applying for entry into Air Force ROTC must meet the requirements for the program to which they are applying and must obtain a conditional enlistment release from their service personnel system.
Applicants are not authorized to pursue a second bachelor’s or graduate degree or apply if they are within one year of completing a bachelor’s degree.
If you have questions on how to apply, please contact your base’s education office. For questions on how to obtain a conditional release from your enlistment (i.e., conditional on your entry into a commissioning program), please see your personnel office for assistance.
To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Have one year’s time in service (waiverable).
- Have one year’s time on station (waiverable).
- Be recommended by immediate commander.
- Pass AFROTC Physical Fitness Test.
- Be worldwide qualified.
- Be admitted to a school offering AFROTC.
- Have qualifying Air Force Officer Qualifying Test scores.
- Be commissioned and enter active duty before age 35. (To receive a scholarship, you must be under age 31 on December 31 of the commissioning year.)
- Be able to complete all undergraduate degree requirements in two years or less (minimum 1.5 years with a waiver).
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative college grade point average.
- Not be selected for a reassignment prior to submission of the application (waiver requests are due August 15).
Contact your base's education office and/or the Enlisted Commissioning Programs website for guidance on the application process.
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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.