Frequently Asked Questions
For High School Students
Yes. We explain all scholarship opportunities during your ROTC classes. You can apply online or call 325-942-2036 and we will be happy to mail an application to you. Once you are signed up for ROTC classes, we will automatically consider you for scholarships each semester.
No. While some Air Force ROTC cadets are offered scholarships during their senior year in high school, many students do not initially receive monetary aid. Having or not having a scholarship has no impact on your opportunity to be in Air Force ROTC.
No. You can choose any major ASU has to offer. In fact, ROTC is not a recognized major. However, at ASU, we do offer a minor in Leadership Studies, and your ROTC classes fill a majority of the requirements in that program. Additionally, ROTC classes can be counted as electives.
No. We will provide all your uniform items and ROTC books at no cost while you are in our program. Once commissioned, you may purchase uniforms at half-price.
Air Force ROTC strives to provide you with a variety of professional and social activities, but your first and most immediate concern is attending classes and maintaining good grades. These are just a few of our program activities:
Arnold Air Society / Silverwings
Color Guard and Drill Team
Civil Air Patrol
Before cadets earn their uniform, by completing their medical paperwork, being in weight standards, completing their academic plan, and passing the PFA, they will be issued a Det shirt which they will wear jeans, black belt, and tennis shoes. On the days the cadets with uniforms wear their blues, the cadets without uniforms will wear business formal.
You will be expected to wear it for your aerospace studies classes and on Wednesdays for leadership lab.
Cadets average five to six hours a week. The required time is during your aerospace studies classes, physical fitness and leadership lab. However, we encourage everyone to become involved in the detachment to practice leadership skills. Beyond that, you are a typical college student.
Field training offers you a first-hand look at the Air Force environment. At field training, you will receive career orientation, junior officer training, aircraft and aircrew indoctrination, survival training, weapons familiarization, physical training and an introduction to the organization and function of a working Air Force base.
The cadet wing is organized into a hierarchical rank structure, just like the actual Air Force. The cadets are responsible for organizing and administering a lab for the entire detachment from 3–5 p.m. each Wednesday. It is two hours of learning and fun, enjoying such activities as drill and ceremonies, group leadership projects, sports, team building, physical fitness and listening to guest speakers.
All cadets have a four-year Active Duty Service Commitment upon commissioning. Those cadets who enter pilot training have a 10-year commitment to the Air Force after graduating pilot training. Those who complete navigator training will have a six-year commitment.
No. While in college, cadets can live either on campus or, if they qualify, they may live off campus. After graduation, most officers can live off base in an apartment or house, if they wish.
Pilot and navigator positions are expected to increase in numbers during the coming years. Opportunities to fly have never been better.
No. The vast majority of Air Force jobs are in non-flying specialties.
No, but there are certain requirements. Some of the requirements include:
Have normal color vision
Have distance vision uncorrected to 20/50 but correctable to 20/20
Meet refraction accommodation
Meet astigmatism requirements
Have not had corrective eye surgery
All you do is sign up for the appropriate aerospace studies course, just like any other college class. Contact us regarding available courses.
No, there are plenty of successful cadets who did not come from JROTC
Cadets go through a semester of Field Training Preparation (FTP). During this time, the cadets who have graduated field training will create an environment similar to that of Field Training. The cadets will be taught certain skills and verbiage; they will also be expected to know warrior knowledge (which is given to the underclassmen to start studying over a year in advance).
The Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) is a test taken at the end of each semester. You must be able to pass the PFA before you can commission. The PFA consists of a waist measurement, a 1.5 mile run, sit ups, and pushups.
Physical training (PT), is an hour long detachment workout session held from 0600-0700 on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is highly suggested cadets workout on their own time as well in order to pass the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). A normal day in PT will involve running and some calisthenics.