Air Force

Air Force

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a leadership and educational program designed to provide men and women the opportunity to become Air and Space Force officers after completing their college degrees. The AF ROTC program is focused on preparing cadets to become leaders in today’s high-tech United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Space Force (USSF).
AF ROTC academics are not restricted to individuals who wish to commission as officers in the USAF. Students may elect to take AF ROTC courses for academic credit only, earning elective credits for all University degrees. Additionally, Prescott Campus students who complete all 16 hours of AF ROTC coursework are eligible for a Defense Studies minor.
Any qualified student may enroll in AF ROTC classes. Check with your local AF ROTC detachment for more information.

Four-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 experience AF ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation (unless they are on an AF 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 three weeks 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.

Three-Year Program

While AF 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 AF ROTC courses are free. Students who have contracted with AF 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

AF ROTC offers scholarships for qualified students on a competitive basis, covering a student’s college education for two, three, or four years. Some scholarships offered by AFROTC are Type I, which cover all tuition costs and are almost always awarded to technical STEM degrees. However, most scholarships are Type II, which, in addition to book allowance and stipends, pay $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 AF 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 during their senior year.  Application forms for the scholarship (and applicable application deadlines) are available online at In-college scholarship opportunities are also available for students already enrolled in the AF ROTC program. Freshmen may earn up to a 3½ year scholarship and sophomores may earn up to a 2½ year scholarship. Qualification requirements for all of these scholarships can be found at

In addition to the Air Force’s scholarship aid, Embry-Riddle also offers University funded financial incentives to new AF ROTC high school Scholarship winners. University incentives are offered at the discretion of the campus Financial Aid Office, not AF ROTC. University incentives include any University funded scholarships, grants, and awards. University funded incentives, in combination with funding from AFROTC and other sources, cannot exceed the cost of education. AF ROTC Scholarship winners should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information regarding financial incentives funded by the University.
For more information regarding the AFROTC program, contact:
Air Force ROTC Detachment 028 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
1-800-888-3728 x3868

US Space Force

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is a new branch of the Armed Forces. It was established on December 20, 2019 with enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The USSF was established within the Department of the Air Force, meaning the Secretary of the Air Force has overall responsibility for the USSF, under the guidance and direction of the Secretary of Defense. Additionally, a four-star general known as the Chief of Space Operations (CSO) serves as the senior military member of the USSF. 
The USSF has been recruiting members throughout 2020, to include AFROTC cadets. The last USSF board for FY21 AFROTC applicants was held on 3 Sept 20. During this board, 70 cadets were selected out of the 214 nominees to meet USSF accession requirements. As the USSF is a new service, there is no way of knowing if this selection rate will/will not continue into the future. For the most up-to-date info regarding the USSF, please visit the following websites: