Requirements & Standards
Air Force ROTC provides several programs in nearly a thousand schools to encourage the best of the best to pursue a commissioncommissionBestowed upon an AFROTC graduate by the President of the United States recognizing them as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. . These programs and their requirements are frequently changing to meet officer production and scholarship budget requirements. In order to receive the most accurate, up-to-date information, please visit our separate website here »
To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Have one-year time in service (waiverable).
- Have one-year time on station (waiverable).
- Be recommended by immediate commandercommanderThe officer in charge of running an Air Force unit's day-to-day operations. .
- Pass the AFROTCAFROTCAir Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Physical Fitness TestPhysical Fitness TestPFT - an exam composed of three events in the following order: push-ups, crunches, and a 1.5-mile run. The test is used to ensure cadets maintain an acceptable level of fitness. (PFTPFTPhysical Fitness Test ).
- Be worldwide qualified.
- Be admitted to a school offering AFROTC.
- Have qualifying AFOQTAFOQTAir Force Officer Qualifying Test scores.
- Be commissionedcommissionedAppointed by the President of the United States and enter active duty before age 35 (must be under age 31 on December 31 of the commissioning year to receive a scholarship).
- Be able to complete all undergraduate degree requirements in two years or less (minimum 1.5 years with a waiver).
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative college grade point average.
- Not be selected for a reassignment prior to submission of the application (waiver requests are due August 15).
Contact your base education office and/or the Enlisted Commissioning Programs website for guidance on the application process.
The poc-erp is open to all academic majors.
While in ROTC, individuals will no longer receive military pay or benefits. All members applying for the poc-erp are required to provide proof that they have the financial means to make it through the program.
Joining Air Force ROTC from Other Armed Services
Members of other branches of the service wanting to join Air Force ROTC and pursue a commission as an Air Force officer may apply for the Professional Officer CourseProfessional Officer CoursePOC - ROTC course for juniors and seniors. - Early Release Program (poc-erp) or the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program (ascp).
You must first obtain a conditional release from your enlistment from your service's personnel system. Then you must meet the requirements for the program you are applying to: ASCPASCPAirman Scholarship and Commissioning Program - allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $15,000 per year while pursuing their commission through Air Force ROTC. or poc-erp.
If you have questions on how to apply, please contact your base education office.
For questions on how to obtain a conditional release from your enlistment (i.e., conditioned on your entry into a commissioning program), please see your personnel office for assistance.