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Do I have to join AFROTC as a freshman?
No, however, joining as a freshman increases your scholarship opportunities. At a minimum, interested students should sign up by the first term of their sophomore year to give themselves the best chance at being successful in the program.
Are there scholarships available?
YES. There are scholarships available for almost everyone.
Can I fly?
Possibly. You must qualify by passing a physical exam, passing a Physical Fitness Assessment and earning certain scores on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).
Do I have to fly?
No. The vast majority of Air Force jobs do not involve flying at all.
Do I have to live in a barracks?
No, not while in college. Entry level officers are equivalent to junior executives. Most officers live off-base in an apartment or house.
Do I have to cut my hair?
Maybe. Hair must be kept in accordance with Air Force guidelines when in uniform.
Do I have to wear a uniform to class everyday?
No. You are only required to wear your uniform to your Air Force ROTC classes and Leadership Lab one day each week.
How much time do I have to spend with AFROTC each week?
As a GMC, you can expect to spend approximately 5 hours each week on required AFROTC activities. This time includes time spent in academic class, Leadership Lab, and in physical fitness training. POCs spend a little more time each week because their academic class is longer. However, we encourage everyone to become involved in the corps. Basically, you can devote as much or as little time to AFROTC as you want and can manage.
What is the commitment to the Air Force upon graduation?
Only a minimum of 4 years of active duty.
How much do I get paid?
Upon commissioning, you will earn approximately $42,000 with benefits per year. By the time you finish your active duty commitment you will be earning close to $70,000 per year.
Will I be behind my fellow graduates after I complete my duty?
No. In fact, many companies prefer to hire former officers over new college graduates (even those with masters degrees).