The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) is a leadership and educational program designed to provide men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers after completing their college degrees. The Air Force ROTC program is focused on preparing cadets to become leaders in today’s high-tech Air Force.
Air Force ROTC academics are not restricted to individuals who wish to commission as officers in the USAF. Students may elect to take Air Force ROTC courses for academic credit only, earning elective credits for all University degrees. Additionally, Prescott Campus students who complete all 16 hours of Air Force ROTC coursework are eligible for a Defense Studies minor.
Any qualified student may enroll in Air Force ROTC classes. Check with your local Air Force ROTC detachment for more information.
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 experience Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation (unless they are on an Air Force ROTC scholarship). As students attend class, they learn more about the Air Force and the historical development of airpower. The summer between a cadet’s sophomore and junior year they will attend 13 days of AFROTC Field Training at Maxwell AFB, AL where they are evaluated on leadership skills, resilience, and other skills. 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.
While Air Force ROTC is designed to be completed over four school years, it is possible for in-coming sophomores to enter the program with the intention of completing it in three. Under this program, a student will take both the freshman and sophomores classes in the first year and then continue with the junior and senior years on the same track as their 4-year counterparts. Not until the start of the junior year does a student incur an obligation to join the Air Force, unless the student accepts an Air Force scholarship sooner. Candidates for the three-year program must be approved in advance by the detachment commander.
Textbooks for all Air Force ROTC courses are free. Students who have contracted with Air Force ROTC receive a tax-free subsistence allowance during the academic year of $300-$500 per month, depending on their academic year.
Air Force ROTC Scholarships
Air Force ROTC offers scholarships for qualified students on a competitive basis, covering a student’s college education for two, three, or four years. Approximately 10% of scholarships offered by AFROTC are Type I, which covers all tuition costs and are almost always awarded to technical STEM degrees. Most scholarships are Type II, which, in addition to book allowance and stipends, pays $18,000 per academic year. Each scholarship pays up to full tuition, laboratory fees, incidental fees, an annual book allowance of $600, and a tax-free subsistence allowance of $300-$500 per month (see Financial Information). While Air Force ROTC scholarships may be applied to aviation ground school costs, they do not cover flight hours. High school students interested in a scholarship should apply as soon as possible in the six-month application period (June 1st to December 1st of their senior year). Application forms for the scholarship are available online at http://www.afrotc.com. In-college scholarship opportunities are also available for students already enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. Freshmen may earn up to a 3½ year scholarship and sophomores may earn up to a 2½ year scholarship.
All scholarship applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Must commission prior to age 30 (up to 35 with waiver)
- Meet military physical and fitness standards
- Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
In addition to the Air Force’s scholarship aid, Embry-Riddle also offers University funded financial incentives to new Air Force ROTC high school Scholarship winners. University incentives are offered at the discretion of the campus Financial Aid Office, not Air Force ROTC. University incentives include any University funded scholarships, grants, and awards. University funded incentives, in combination with funding from Air Force ROTC and other sources, cannot exceed the cost of education. Air Force ROTC Scholarship winners should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information regarding financial incentives funded by the University. For more information, contact:
Air Force ROTC Detachment 028
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720