- What is the commitment to the Air Force upon graduation?
Most officers have a four-year commitment. For pilots, it's ten years after pilot training, and it's six years for navigators after training. Air Battle Managers have a six-year commitment.
- When do I know what job I will be doing for the Air Force as an officer?
You will compete in a selection process much like the one for an enrollment allocation as an officer candidate. The factors used will include your Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores, your camp performance rating, your Grade Point Average (GPA), your academic major, your Physical Fitness Test (PFT) score, and the Detachment Commander's rating. You will know your specific Air Force job category approximately six months before you're commissioned.
- Do I have to become a pilot or navigator?
No. The vast majority of Air Force jobs do not involve flying at all. In the civilian world there are thousands of jobs and careers – doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, engineers, financial careers, food-service management – the list is endless. For almost every civilian out in the work force, there is an Air Force officer counterpart performing a similar job.
- When do I actually receive my commission as an Air Force officer?
Cadets normally get commissioned in a special ceremony the same day they graduate. You can expect to enter active duty about 60 days after graduation.
- Must a student go on active duty in the Air Force immediately following graduation and commissioning?
Not necessarily. You may request an educational delay if you desire to attend graduate school at your own expense before going on active duty. If approved, the Air Force will postpone your active-duty tour. Delays are routinely provided if you select to attend dental or medical school. Scholarships also exist for students accepted to medical school.
- Can I continue my education beyond the baccalaureate level?
Yes. The Air Force offers several opportunities to do so. In many cases you can request an educational delay. This delay between the time of commissioning and reporting for active duty will be of sufficient length to allow you to fulfill the requirements for a professional or master's degree. You will assume all financial obligations. There are also Air Force Institute of Technology programs where the Air Force pays for your graduate school education. These programs are explained in detail in Air Force ROTC.
- I don't have 20/20 vision. Can I still fly?
- Do I have to major in Aeronautical Science to become a pilot or navigator?
No. Your academic major plays a minor role in pilot and navigator selection. You can major in any degree program and compete to receive a pilot or navigator slot in Air Force ROTC. You can even be on an Air Force ROTC scholarship in an engineering or science major and compete on an equal basis for a flying position.
- What are the age limits for a cadet to compete for a pilot or navigator position?
To compete for the pilot or navigator categories, you must be able to complete your bachelor's degree and be commissioned through Air Force ROTC before you are 30 years old.
- Will I be behind my fellow nonmilitary graduates after I complete my service obligation and decide to get out?
No. In fact, many companies prefer to hire former officers over new college graduates (even those with master's degrees). Your Air Force experience, the management skills you've gained on active duty and your active-duty educational benefits can give you the competitive edge you need.
- How do Air Force ROTC graduates compare with Air Force Academy and Officer Training School graduates?
The Academy, ROTC and Officer Training School all produce qualified Air Force officers. The Air Force achieves better diversity and talent by getting officers from more than one commissioning source. Once on active duty, the most important factor in promotion is job performance.
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