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4-Year Program

The Air Force ROTC program is divided into the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). The program is for high-school scholarship recipients as well as those without scholarships. All cadets not on scholarship are eligible to compete for in-college scholarships, which are awarded based on GPA, physical fitness, commander’s ranking, and academic degree. Scholarships support tuition and fees, along with a nontaxable subsistence allowance. Scholarship recipients receive $900 a year for books. Please visit for more information about scholarships.

Although most AFROTC cadets complete the program in 4 years, students can join the program in their sophomore year by taking all GMC courses in one year. Certain majors such as engineering and atmospheric science are 5-year degrees, thus extending the student’s time in the program. More information can be obtained by contacting the Air Force ROTC office.

The General Military Course (GMC, Foundations of the USAF, Airpower History) is offered during the first 2 years of college and constitutes an introduction to the present-day Air Force. The emphasis is on the role of military forces in world affairs, customs and courtesies, being an officer, professionalism, the mission and organization of the Air Force, and the history of air power. If the cadet  is medically and academically qualified and successfully completes 4 weeks of Field Training, he or she may enter the POC during the junior and senior years.

The Professional Officer Course (POC, Leadership Studies, National Security Studies) teaches leadership and management, organizational patterns, technologies, military policies and procedures, and provides an in-depth study of national security affairs. Cadets also learn and practice communication, leadership, and management skills. POC cadets receive a nontaxable subsistence allowance.

Current Subsistence Allowance for Contracted Cadets (authorized Oct. 1, 2007)

First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior
$300 $350 $400 $500

All aerospace studies textbooks and uniforms for ROTC are provided free of charge.

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Air Force Career Fields

Cadets commissioned from AFROTC are called to active duty in such diverse career fields as pilot, combat systems officer, engineering, nursing, space and missile officer, aircraft maintenance, personnel, air traffic control, space control, finance, scientist, contracting, weather, security forces, and public affairs. Medical and legal opportunities are available as well. Opportunities are limited only by initiative, ability, and desire. Go to for more information about career opportunities.

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Field Training

AFROTC Field Training is held during summer break following the cadet’s second year in the program. Cadets must receive an enrollment allocation to attend field training, which is mandatory for cadets who wish to enter the POC. Each cadet receives pay and transportation to and from field training. The major areas of study are junior officer training, career orientation, survival training, base functions, team building, and physical training. College credit is not given for attending Field Training.

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Leadership Laboratory

The Leadership Laboratory is a noncredit, 2-hour, once-a-week course taken every semester throughout the cadet’s enrollment in AFROTC. Instruction is conducted in the framework of an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences that develop each student’s leadership potential. Leadership Lab also includes proper wear of the uniform, military rank, and military drill and ceremony. Because physical fitness is an integral part of Air Force life, an additional 2 hours a week of physical fitness activities each week.

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High school seniors may apply for Air Force ROTC guaranteed scholarships covering the 4-year college period. Some technical majors, such as engineering, are regularly approved for five-year scholarship support. Students should apply no later than December 1 of the senior year of high school. Online applications are available beginning about May of the junior year. 2- and 3-year scholarships are available to qualified college students. These are awarded competitively. Scholarships generally cover full tuition, laboratory and incidental fees, $900 a year for books, and the nontaxable subsistence allowance. Visit the website for more information and to apply online for a high school scholarship.

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Service Commitment

Upon commissioning, the Air Force service commitment for most cadets is 4 years of active duty for most officers, 10 years for pilots, 6 years for cadets who become combat systems officers, air battle managers, or remote aircraft pilots. Certain cadets may be eligible to receive a commission directly into the guard or reserve for a commitment of 6 years.

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