About Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares you to become an Air Force and Space Force Officer while earning a college degree. You get the opportunity to earn tuition money. More than that; it’s a challenge, a head start on a lifetime of success, within the Air Force and Space Force and in everything you choose to do.

In Air Force ROTC, you’ll make the most of your college experience. You’ll hone your time-management skills, analytical skills and physical fitness. It won’t be easy. If you’re up to the challenge, the rewards will last a lifetime.

Our mission is to develop premier leaders of character for the Air Force and Space Force.

Getting Started

To launch an Air Force and Space Force career through AFROTC, contact us to get more detailed information and start your application. Enrollment includes a required Aerospace Studies class (AS Class) and corresponding Leadership Laboratory. 

Program Details

The General Military Course (GMC) is taken during the freshman and sophomore years. This is a chance to take the Air Force and Space Force out for a test-drive with no service commitment. GMC students are eligible to compete for in-college scholarships. The GMC classes are 1 credit hour and include an introduction to the Air Force and the history of US airpower. The summer between Sophomore and Junior year, cadets must complete a 13-day summer Field Training encampment. Upon graduation from Field Training you promote to the Professional Officer Course (POC). Both GMC and POC participate in a Leadership Laboratory once a week with POC playing a more active role in coordinating unit activities. Cadets will also participate in physical training twice a week.

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, contracted cadets—cadets in the POC and scholarship cadets—accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force or Space Force, appointed by the President of the United States.

The length of your initial service commitment depends on your career. Most cadets have a four-year, active duty service commitment. Pilots have a 10-year active duty service commitment and Combat System Officers, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilots, and Air Battle Managers have a six-year service commitment.

Nursing graduates accept a commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve four years on active duty after completing their licensing examination.

Air Force and Space Force Benefits:

  • The Air Force and Space Force offers a benefits package that exceeds most FORTUNE 500 companies.
  • Pay: highly competitive salary and allowance packages with regular promotions
  • Vacation: 30 days of vacation with pay each year
  • Medical & Dental care: furnished at no cost
  • Life insurance: $400,000 of low-cost term life insurance
  • Education: opportunity for higher education with tuition assistance or full scholarship
  • Retirement: opportunity to retire after 20 years
  • Living quarters: contracted, on-base housing available or off-base housing; you do not have to live on base and are not restricted to the base
  • Tax-free housing and food allowances
  • Travel: outstanding opportunities for worldwide travel

Please visit afrotc.com for more information