Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Do I have to cut my hair?
    Hair must be kept in accordance with Air Force guidelines when in uniform.
  • Do I have to wear a uniform to class every day?
    No. You are only required to wear your uniform to your Air Force ROTC classes and on Leadership Lab day once a week. Occasionally, during special events, you may be required to wear your uniform.
  • How much time do I have to spend with Air Force ROTC each week?
    The only required time is during your Air Force ROTC classes, PT, and Leadership Lab. This equates to approximately five hours per week for freshmen and sophomores; seven hours per week for juniors and seniors.
  • How are new cadets treated?

    Very well. Many detachments assign cadet "sponsors" to new students. They can help students find classes, get textbooks, learn to wear the uniform correctly, meet other cadets and learn basic customs and courtesies. It is also the responsibility of the cadet's flight commander to help new cadets fit into the program. Many detachments also have tutoring programs and other forms of assistance. Hazing is not permitted! You'll find the cadet staff and detachment staff is concerned about your well-being and progress.


  • How much marching and drilling will I have to do?
    Not as much as you think. Marching/drill is sometimes practiced during your squadron time at Leadership Laboratory (LLAB). There are no mandatory drill sessions outside of LLAB.
  • When will I receive my Air Force ROTC uniform?
    Within the first couple of class periods, you will be sized for a complete uniform. Your uniform items will then be ordered and usually show up in about 2 weeks. For your Service Dress uniform, we will explain how to arrange to have alterations completed (at no cost to you). However, you are responsible for keeping the uniform clean and presentable.
  • Am I expected to participate in any extracurricular activities?
    No. Your first and foremost concern is attending classes and maintaining good grades. After this, you will certainly want to examine some of the various activities sponsored by both your university and Air Force ROTC. There's something in our program of interest to everyone. 
  • Can I participate in intercollegiate athletics while a member of the Air Force ROTC program?
    Yes. Generally, extracurricular campus activities and Air Force ROTC are perfectly compatible – as long as you do not overload yourself with extracurricular activities. A serious physical injury while participating in intercollegiate or intramural athletic activities may cause you to be disenrolled from Air Force ROTC because of a change in your physical profile.
  • Where can I attend Air Force ROTC?
    Air Force ROTC is offered at over 800 institutions throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.