What it Takes

This Uniform Is Earned, Not Given

It takes a unique individual to succeed in Air Force ROTC. It takes dedication, drive and discipline. Since the goal of the program is to help students become officers and leaders in the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, you will need to meet certain standards and be able to maintain them throughout the program.

Program Requirements


    Success in Air Force ROTC takes a willingness to put in the time and effort to earn exceptional grades. Those who have what it takes will be rewarded with a career as a leader in the Air Force or Space Force.


    Along with staying in good physical condition, all Air Force ROTC cadets must conform to the weight and fitness standards as established by the U.S. Air Force and Space Force in order to maintain the proper degree of professionalism and appearance in uniform.


    All cadets, whether they are scholarship recipients or not, must pass a Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical exam.


    Air Force ROTC offers several programs specifically for current active-duty enlisted personnel. These programs and their requirements are frequently changing, so to receive the most up-to-date information, visit the Enlisted Commissioning Programs Website.

Service CommitmentA Duty and An Honor

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force or Space Force, appointed by the president of the united states.

The length of your initial service commitment depends on your career. Most officers have a four-year active-duty service commitment. Pilots have a 10-year active-duty service commitment, and both Combat System Officers and Air Battle Managers have a six-year service commitment upon completion of their respective training.

Nursing graduates accept a commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve four years on active duty after completing their licensing examination.

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