Air Force

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers. It prepares young men and women to become leaders in today’s high-tech Air Force while completing their college degrees. Air Force ROTC enrollment is not restricted to individuals who wish to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force. Students may elect to take Air Force ROTC courses for academic credit only, earning elective credits for all University degrees.

Any qualified student may enroll in Air Force ROTC; check with your local Air Force ROTC detachment for more information.

Four year and Three Year Program

The first half of the four-year program is called the General Military Course, which is offered during a student’s freshman and sophomore years. This program allows students to try out Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation (unless they are on an Air Force ROTC scholarship). The freshman and sophomore level classes cover fundamental information about the Air Force and the historical development of airpower. If students join as a sophomore and only have three years of college remaining, may combine their freshman and sophomore classes in order to complete their degree plan and AFROTC requirements in 3 years. The last two years are called the Professional Officer Course. These junior and senior level classes cover leadership skills, national security affairs, and preparation for active duty. Textbooks for all Air Force ROTC courses are free.

Field Training

All Air Force ROTC cadets must attend field training also known as “basic training”. Cadets usually attend field training during the summer between their second and third years of college. The purpose of field training is to evaluate military discipline and Air Force leadership potential, and to determine readiness for entry into the Professional Officer Course (POC) via leadership, followership, and team-building opportunities.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships

Air Force ROTC offers scholarships covering a student’s college education for two, three, or four years. Each scholarship pays up to full tuition, laboratory fees, incidental fees, an annual book allowance of $600, and a tax-free subsistence allowance during the academic year of $300-$600 per month, depending on their academic year. In addition to the Air Force’s scholarship aid, Embry-Riddle also offers financial incentives to new high school Air Force ROTC scholarship winners.

All high school three-year Air Force ROTC scholarship recipients will receive a minimum University assurance of $15,000 during the first year of attendance, and $8,500 in each subsequent year. All high school four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship recipients will receive a minimum university assurance of $5,000 for each year of attendance. University funding includes any university scholarships, need-based grants, and awards. University funding, in combination with funding from Air Force ROTC, cannot exceed the cost of education. This university assurance is offered at the discretion of the university Financial Aid Department, not Air Force ROTC.

High school students interested in a scholarship should apply as soon as possible in the six-month application period (June 1 to December 1 of their senior year).  The online application for the High School Scholarship Program can be found at www.afrotc.com.

In-college scholarship opportunities may be available for students already enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. Check with your local Air Force ROTC detachment for more information.

All scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be less than 31 years old as of December 31 of the year you will commission
  • Meet minimum military and physical standards
  • Meet minimum term and cumulative GPA
  • The higher the student’s GPA and SAT/ACT scores, the better their chance of being selected as a scholarship recipient.

For more information, contact:

AFROTC Detachment 157
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900
(386) 226-6880