General Requirements

To participate in Air Force ROTC, you must be a full-time undergraduate student. You must also meet certain physical, moral, academic and citizenship requirements. Specifically you must be:

  • Enrolled in an accredited college that hosts or has a crosstown agreement with an Air Force ROTC detachment
  • A United States citizen (if on scholarship or by Junior year)
  • Physically and medically qualified
  • In good academic standing
  • Be of good moral character

Air Force ROTC Course Summary

General Military Course (GMC – AS 100 & 200) students attend a one credit hour elective course each fall and spring semester. Students in this portion of the program have no commitment to the military unless they are a sophomore that has already contracted for a scholarship.

Professional Officer Course (POC- AS 300 & 400) students take a three credit hour course each fall and spring semester. Students must qualify for entry into the POC after attending a two-week Field Training Encampment. In addition to the general requirements, you must:

    Leadership Laboratory (AF – 100 – 400 levels) students take a one-credit leadership laboratory each fall and spring semester. 

    AFROTC Physical Fitness Standards

    Summer Field Training (summer prior to starting Professional Officer Courses). Air Force ROTC cadets who compete well and are selected will attend a two-week Field Training Unit during the summer at Maxwell AFB, AL. This is accomplished prior to starting the AS 300 curriculum, generally between the sophomore and junior years. At field training, cadets receive junior officer training, survival training, weapons familiarization, physical training and familiarization with the organization and function of an Air Force base.

    Complete all Elon University Graduation requirements, and:

    • Before age 29 (Pilot/Combat Systems Officer)
    • Be under the age of 31 on December 31 of the commissioning year (scholarship recipients)

    Service Commitment

    Students may enroll in the first two years of Air Force military science (General Military Course) with no obligation of service unless they receive an Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Students who enter the junior and seniors years of military science (Professional Officer Course) commit to military service following graduation.

    After graduating from college and completing all AFROTC requirements, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Non-flying officers are obligated to serve four years on active duty, combat systems officer (CSO) and air battle managers (ABM) must serve at least six years after training, and pilots serve a minimum of 10 years after training.

    Aerospace Studies program

    The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is an educational program designed to provide theoretical and applied leadership experience to become an Air Force Officer, while completing your bachelor’s degree.

    Air Force ROTC programs

    • Integrate theory and practice
    • Help you develop leadership skills and self-confidence
    • Rewarding job after graduation/commissioning
    • Can help with College expenses through the Air Force ROTC scholarship program

    The Air Force ROTC program has two phases, a General Military Course open to students without commitment to service following graduation, followed by a Professional Officer Course and field training for students who intend to enter military service following graduation. Students must pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test to be admitted into the Professional Officer Course.

    North Carolina A&T University hosts AFROTC Detachment 605 and offers Air Force ROTC training for college students in the Greater Greensboro Consortium

    Learn more about North Carolina A&T Air Force ROTC and Detachment 605.

    Extra Curricular Programs

    The Air Force ROTC curriculum is designed to work in conjunction with a college schedule, so there is time for academics and other activities. Cadets enjoy college life and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular programs such as sports, Greek life, and student government. Detachment 605 also offers three unique AFROTC extracurricular programs:

    • Honor Guard
    • Pershing Rifles
    • Arnold Air Society (AAS)

    Program Benefits

    • Scholarship opportunities to help with the cost of tuition and books (Scholarship Types)
    • A monthly, tax-free, cash stipend given during the academic year while on scholarship or enrolled in the Professional Officer Course portion of the program
    • Orientation flights aboard Air Force aircraft
    • Academic credits toward the completion of most degrees and in some cases, credit toward the completion of an academic minor
    • Rewarding job after graduation/commissioning

    Active Duty Air Force:

    • Highly competitive salary and allowance package
    • 30 days vacation with pay each year
    • Complete medical and dental benefits
    • Low cost life insurance
    • Up to 100% tuition reimbursement for graduate school
    • Opportunity to retire after 20 years of service