Air Force ROTC provides several programs in more than 1,100 schools to encourage the best of the best to pursue a commission. These programs and their requirements are frequently changing to meet officer production and scholarship budget requirements. Visit this site for the most accurate, up-to-date information.
Here’s a short description of the currently available enlisted scholarships:
The ASCP allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $18,000 per year while pursuing their commission through Air Force ROTC.
Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Professional Officer Course-Early Release Program (POC-ERP) offers active duty Air Force enlisted personnel an opportunity for an early release from active duty to enter AFROTC and receive a commission as an Air Force Officer.
Members selected for the POC-ERP will separate from active duty, sign a contract with AFROTC and become full-time college students. The program is open to undergraduate degrees only. Upon completion of all degree and commissioning requirements, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants and returned to active duty for a period of at least four years.
Contact your base education office and/or the Enlisted Commissioning Programs website for guidance on the application process.
The POC-ERP is open to all academic majors.
While in ROTC, individuals will no longer receive military pay or benefits. All members applying for the POC-ERP are required to provide proof that they have the financial means to make it through the program.
All cadets in the POC-ERP will receive a nontaxable monthly stipend according to the chart below.
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Additionally, members may use their MGIB benefits while in the program along with any additional grants or scholarships for which they may qualify.
The SOAR program allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $18,000 per year while pursuing their commission through Air Force ROTC. Students may not pay the difference to attend higher-cost schools.
Joining Air Force ROTC from Other Armed Services
Members of other branches of the service wanting 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).
You must first obtain a conditional release from your enlistment from your service’s personnel system. Then you must meet the requirements for the program you are applying to: ASCP or POC-ERP.
If you have questions on how to apply, please contact your base education office.
For questions on how to obtain a conditional release from your enlistment (i.e., conditioned on your entry into a commissioning program), please see your personnel office for assistance.
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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.