Frequently Asked Questions
For High School Students
Are there scholarships and how can I qualify?
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.
Do I need a scholarship to join?
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.
Do I have to major in 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.
Do I have to buy my uniform or books?
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.
Are there special AFROTC activities?
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
- Base Visits
- Formal Dinners
When do I have to wear my uniform?
- 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.
How much time do I have to spend with AFROTC each week?
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.
What is field training?
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.
What is Leadership Lab?
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.
What kind of military commitment do I have after commissioning?
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.
Do I have to live in a barracks?
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.
Can I fly?
Possibly. To qualify, you must pass a physical exam and the Physical Fitness Test and earn sufficient scores on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).
Pilot and navigator positions are expected to increase in numbers during the coming years. Opportunities to fly have never been better.
Do I have to fly?
No. The vast majority of Air Force jobs are in non-flying specialties.
Do I need perfect vision to fly in the Air Force?
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
What do I need to do to sign up?
All you do is sign up for the appropriate aerospace studies course, just like any other college class. Contact us regarding available courses.
Do I have to come from JROTC to be able to join?
No, there are plenty of successful cadets who did not come from JROTC
How are cadets prepared for Field Training?
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).
What are the weight standards?
What is the PFA?
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.
What is PT?
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.