Wilkes University

Frequently Asked Questions

No. If you got a 4-year scholarship from high school, then the first year of college is paid for and you can quit at the end of your freshman year with no obligation. If you got a 3-year scholarship from high school or college then you are not committed to the Air Force until you accept your scholarship (usually in the fall of your sophomore year). If you didn’t get any scholarship, then you are not committed to joining the Air Force until you start your junior year of college.

With Air Force ROTC, we provide you with lots of opportunities to see what the Air Force is about before signing up. And while you’re waiting, you are getting college out of the way and having a lot of fun.

No. Any student with at least three years remaining in their degree program can join Air Force ROTC. So, if you’re a second-semester freshman, or a sophomore remaining in your undergraduate studies, you can join.

In general, you must complete the program, via commissioning, before age 30. If you desire to become a pilot or combat systems officer you have to complete the program by age 29. The reason for the difference is because training for these positions can be as long as 12 months.

*Note: Age waivers are available up to age 34, but prior to age 35. For Nurses, age waiver can go as high as age 42. These waivers are for those individuals that meet the "Outstanding and Deserving criteria: AFOQT Academic Aptitude score of 61; ACT score of 27; and/or SAT score of 1210.

The Detachment commander can credit your service time as completed GMC status; however, if you have four or more years of academics remaining for your degree the commander cannot waive your GMC period without approval for HQ AFROTC/RRFP. Waiver can be granted after verification of periods of honorable service of 180 consecutive days of active duty, training in enlisted status, and where breaks in service is less than three years. It is important to note that time spent in enlisted status while enrolled in an officer-commissioning program qualifies only if you were already in enlisted status when entering the program.

Yes, you can. Many of our students do not start with a scholarship, but every cadet has the possiblity to earn a scholarship. The number of scholarships available is determined by AFROTC HQ and varies between academic years.

The Air Force trains officers to perform their specific jobs, so most Air Force specialties do not require specific degrees. However, for some specialties (i.e. engineer or scientist) a close match is desirable or even required. While your degree can be restricted depending on your desired career field, it is more important to choose a major that interests you, especially since it could be related to your future assignment. If you are not sure what Air Force specialty is for you, don't worry. You have plenty of time to decide. Cadets identify specialty and base preferences as a junior (or as a senior for 5-year cadets). Final classifications depends on the needs of the USAF, educational background, personal preference, and commander recommendation. Click here for a look into which degrees help with which AFSC.

Yes. Generally, extracurricular campus activities and AFROTC are perfectly compatible as long as you do not overload yourself. Serious physical injuries suffered while participating in intercollegiate or intramural athletic activities could result in your being disenrolled from AFROTC because of a change in your medical status.

To be eligible for an AFROTC scholarship, cadets must be enrolled in a degree program identified as desired/mandatory for an AFSC, or in an approved foreign language. It is very important that you first assess the degree program before enrolling into that program. You need to evaluate if you are capable of handling the course load for that program while maintaining a term & cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher, in addition to earning passing grades. It is important to note that a specific degree is not required to join the program, placing yourself within a degree program that is above your abilities simple to be eligible for a scholarship will not help you if you cannot maintain the academic standards necessary to activate a scholarship.


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