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Once I get to college how do I join rotc for the Air Force?

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Meighan’s Answer

You can actually apply to ROTC programs while you are applying to colleges. If accepted, you are on a ROTC scholarship for college that covers your tuition and some book fees, plus provides a small monthly stipend. While you can also join ROTC in college, it is far better to go into the program as a scholarship student rather than a college program student.

Why? Because joining ROTC as a College Program student is essentially like trying to walk onto a sports team. You may be able to compete for a permanent spot on the roster, but it is a lot more difficult and scholarships are limited. Plus, even if accepted to a ROTC program while in college, there is typically less scholarship money offered. There are many more ROTC spots that have scholarship money attached if you apply before entering college, in conjunction with your college applications. If you are worried about the military commitment, many ROTC programs allow you to try the program for a year without any repayment penalty if you choose to leave before the first day of your second year. That is a full year scholarship of tuition coverage while you figure out if ROTC is truly the right choice for you, and determine if you can balance the military obligations that come with ROTC on top of your studies.

Meighan recommends the following next steps:

View an Overview of Air Force ROTC Program:
See what colleges have Air Force ROTC Programs:
Contact the AFROTC units at the schools you are interested and talk to the Officer Staff there and request to be put it touch with a current student
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Lindsey’s Answer

You can join Air Force ROTC at almost any college you attend! Just check with the university you end up going to and see if they have Air Force ROTC at their college/univeristy or if they are considered a "crosstown" school. You sign up for ROTC classes just like you would any other college course. As a freshman you would end up take two actual classes each semester (a 1 hour academic class and a 2 hour leadership labaratory class that also includes 2-3 hours of physical training each week). The days/times for each class differ based on the university you end up attending

Lindsey recommends the following next steps:

Once accepted into a university research their ROTC opportunities (check with the registrar)
Register for ROTC courses like you normally would for any other class
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KEVIN’s Answer

Good morning!

With any ROTC program at colleges, please first find out if that college offers a ROTC program.

The university I attended, Villanova, has a long time established ROTC program with the NAVY.

The schools will give you the requirements needed to join the program, and the benefits associated. Normally, the military service will require 4/5 years of active duty service once you graduate college and are commissioned an Officer.

Best wishes!!
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Lance’s Answer

Each branch has its own ROTC program and some campuses may not have all of the branches represented. ROTC programs offer scholarships to qualified individuals on a competitive basis, but starting in an ROTC program is as easy as taking one of the ROTC classes at your college. Classes like Military Science will automatically get you enrolled in the ROTC program without committing you to military service (you can try it out and if you don't like it, you can quit).

There are requirements that must be met and the differ for each branch of service. You should talk to your high school guidance counselor as a first step to find out if the college that your interested in has an Air Force ROTC program.

Lance recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your high school guidance counselor.
Talk to an Air Force ROTC liaison at your college to find out what the requirements are.
Since you're a high school senior, think about applying for an ROTC scholarship - the application window starts early and is competitive, so if this is something you're interested in, start NOW.