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Being in AFROTC

What is AFROTC?

Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a college program which prepares you to become an Air Force Officer while earning a college degree. It will challenge you mentally and physically, but will have huge rewards of success in your life. Also, it helps pay for your college tuition, gives you a college experience, and helps form you into a leader in the greatest Air Force in the world. (2)

Why join ROTC Air Force?

Becoming an Officer in the Air Force supplies job security upon your graduation. According to Accenture Strategy's survey (2015), out of 2,000 college graduates, 49% said to be unemployed or working in a job which does not require a college degree. In the Air Force, once you graduate from college you are immediately ranked an O-1(2nd lieutenant), and you are guaranteed a job of your choice with a starting salary around $34,000. In fact, 15% of college graduates say to make $25,000 or less at their first job (waiters, customer service, fast food, etc.) ROTC offers better pay, and a career in the degree you earned. (4)

Government data analysis by financial-aid experts accumulated the average student loan debt in the class of 2014 was $33,000. This is only the average, and depending on your major it could be miraculously more. In AFROTC, they give you opportunities to receive different kinds scholarships and awards to help pay for college. (3) For example:

  • Type 1: Full-ride
  • Type 2: Pays $18,000 per year for college tuition and a book allowance
  • Type 7: Pays in-state college tuition and a book allowance (not including private schools)

Once you are in your detachment, they will make announcements throughout the year on different ways/opportunies to earn money for your education. Since you are volunteering yourself into the military, they want to help pay for as much of your schooling as possible. (1)

Benefits For Being an Officer

  • Free or low-cost medical and dental care.
  • Receive an allowance of $246 a month for food
  • Tax-free housing on Air Force bases
  • 30 pay days of vacation each year
  • Life insurance
  • On-base supplies lower shopping costs and tons of activities to keep you occupied (bowling, skiing, surfing, sky diving, planes, etc.)
  • Free traveling to any place you want
  • Retirement after 20 years
  • Frequent raises
  • Family members also receive benefits (2)
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How Do I Become an Officer?

Academic Standards

During your General Military Course (GMC) and Professional Officer Course years, you must receive a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be enrolled as a full-time student, and receive C- or better in your aerospace studies classes and leadership labs. Also, you will take a standardize testing (similar to the ACT) called the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. It measures verbal and math aptitude as well as relate to certain career paths that may help guide you to yours. The AFOQT is taken your sophomore year and can only be taken twice. You must pass the test in order to move onto Field Training. Field training is where you go more in depth of the skills you learned over your freshman and sophomore years. The test is approximately 5 hours long and contains 550 questions, divided into 12 sections (1):

  • Verbal Analogies
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Math Knowledge
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Situational Judgement
  • Self-Description Inventory
  • Physical Science
  • Table Reading
  • Instrument Comprehension
  • Block Counting
  • Aviation Information

Fitness Standards

Lastly, the Physical Fitness Test is taken twice a year and is made up of 3 events: push-ups, crunches, and a 1.5 mile run. There are certain amounts that need to be obtained for each event, but it varies on age and gender. Also, each event adds up points for your total score, and you must get at least a combined score of 75 or higher. (1)
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