Undergraduate students must have at least three or more years remaining in their undergraduate studies. If you are a second-semester freshman, a sophomore or otherwise and have at least three years remaining in your undergraduate studies, you will likely be eligible to join the AFROTC program. If you have less than three years remaining towards your undergraduate then Officer Training School (OTS) is your best option if you are seeking a commissioning. Additional information can be found on the Air force website.
Along with staying in good physical condition, all cadets must conform to the maximum weight and body fat standards as established by the United States Air Force. Additional information can be found on the Air Force website.
Cadets need to maintain full time status for fall and spring semesters (12 credit hours - including the AFROTC classes). Cadets may work on minors or dual major but cannot work on graduate studies without AFROTC HQ approval. Cadets must earn their undergraduate degree and commission prior to their 30th birthday. Additional information can be found on the Air Force website.
The Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) provides three- and four-year scholarships of three different types to high school seniors. The application process is the same for each type. HSSP needs to be applied for at the beginning of the candidate's senior year of high school, the deadline is in December. Scholarships offered to current college students are available, very competitive, and awarded based on merit. The Air Force does not reimburse school expenses upon commissioning. Additional information can be found on the Air Force website.
Ohio University (OU) offers degree specific classes for freshmen during their fall semester to assist them with their transition to college. The University has created one of these unique classes specifically for the AFROTC program, which we have found to be quite beneficial for incoming cadets. This provides new cadets with a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding on the USAF as well as AFROTC and make lifelong friends that will be a part of your "cadet family" for the next four years. For more information on OU learning communities visit our page on learning communities.
Cadets are not committed to the Air Force until they come back from Field Training (with the exception of cadets that have been awarded Air Force Scholarships, they contract upon acceptance). When cadets have completed Field Training, the summer between their 2nd and 3rd year, they will contract into the Delayed Entry Program prior to the start of their 3rd year. Once they have graduated, they will be commissioned into the active duty Air Force. The number of years they are committed to is dependent on the training they will receive for their respective career field. Additional information can be found at the Air Force ROTC website.
In a word, No. JROTC is a high school program that has a mission to build better citizens for America. AFROTC is a college program specifically created to train and commission leaders into the USAF. JROTC IS NOT a prerequisite for ROTC.
No. The program is designed around a four year concept but can be altered to a minimum of three years. The cadet will just have to double up on the academic portion of the program in order to take both the first and second year requirements. It is more advantageous to participate in the four year program because it better prepares the cadet for the challenges of Field Training. With that said, individuals on the fence are encouraged to simply try out the academic class (AST1010 or AST1020) only at first, to gauge their interest in the program. They will be identified as a "Participating Student" and only be required to attend the 1 hr class per week; meaning no physical training (PT), Drill, or Leadership Laboratory. It is a great way to dip your toe into the program for a semester before you decide if the USAF is right for you.
Yes. It is not a requirement and many cadets commission without being awarded a scholarship. For more information on scholarships visit the Air Force ROTC website.
Anything the University offers. In fact we encourage you to seek a degree in something you are interested in, because this usually means you will do well. Our main concern is that you maintain at least the minimum 2.0 GPA (but we recommend much higher to compete for scholarships or Field Training) and that you can finish your degree in the planned time period. With that said, certain career fields do require certain degrees (i.e. Civil Engineers require a Civil Engineering degree). Also, Science, Technical, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors are more competitive for scholarships.
This stands for the Air Force Officer Qualification Test and is a standardized aptitude test (similar to ACT or SAT). It is given during your second year in the program and becomes part of your Order of Merit (OM) when being selected for Field Training and your career choice. It can only be taken twice and must be administered at least six months apart. For more information please go to the Air Force ROTC website.
This is the Officer version of Basic Military Training. Cadets compete for attendance during their second year based upon their Order of Merit. If selected they will attend the three to four week course the summer between their second and third years. This rigorous and challenging event requires a great deal of preparation as an underclassman in order to successfully complete the course. Cadets will be expected to perform in a highly stressful environment where they will need to use the skills taught to them at their home detachments. For more information visit the Air Force ROTC website.