Ohio University

Cadet Life

What it Takes to be an Air Force ROTC Cadet

Ohio University’s Air Force ROTC program is challenging, yet rewarding. Cadets learn critical leadership and management skills, while balancing physical training and academics.

First-year cadets dedicate approximately 5 hours each week to Air Force ROTC. This includes attending a 1-hour academic class, 1-hour physical training sessions twice per week, and a 1.5 leadership laboratory. As cadets progress through the program, they earn more responsibilities and become mentors for underclassmen cadets.

To be successful in the Air Force ROTC program and earn a commission as an Air Force Officer, cadets must maintain a good GPA, meet the Air Force Physical Training standards, and must set themselves to a higher standard exhibiting a high moral character.

What it's Like to be in Air Force ROTC

Weekly Physical Training

All cadets must participate in Physical Training (PT) sessions. These are 1-hour sessions, held twice per week. The overall goal for PT is to ensure cadets can pass the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), which includes a 1.5 mile run, 1 minute of push-ups, 1 minute of sit-ups, and a body composition portion as established by the USAF Physical Fitness standards. Frequently, cadets conduct PT in the form of high-intensity interval training, weight room workouts, circuit training, formation runs and even game days.