AFROTC - Choosing a Major

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by HighFlyer17, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. HighFlyer17

    HighFlyer17 Member

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    I got a letter in the mail yesterday 2-9-12, informing me that I am being offered a Type-2 Scholarship. I have been accepted to both WVU & ERAU-Daytona Beach and am considering Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering as my major. WVU only has an Aerospace major, while Embry-Riddle has both Aerospace & Aeronautical.

    My question is if I chose Aerospace Engineering as my major, then end up attending Embry-Riddle, will I be able to switch to Aeronautical Engineering?
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    Congratulations, haven't seen many Type 2 scholarship awards on this forum this year. Good Job.
     
  3. HighFlyer17

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    Thanks Jcleppe.

    After further research I realized that Embry-Riddle does not offer Aeronautical Engineering. Although I still have a question.

    My scholarship offer also gave me the option to upgrade to a Type-1 scholarship if I chose a specific major. My ultimate goal is to become a pilot. How would choosing one of these "needed" majors affect my chance at receiving a pilot slot? For example, one of the majors is Meteorology. Would the Air Force rather use me as a meteorologist because that is what they need or could I still become a pilot?
     
  4. JeRDLe

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    The air force likes assigning technical jobs to technical majors, mainly because they cant give non-tech majors tech jobs.

    While if you major in meteorology, it is still possible for you to become a pilot, i'd expect the air force to be more likely to assign you in Weather services.
     
  5. Jcleppe

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    I would count being selected to a Rated/Pilot slot a Tech Job, and you are not required to be a Tech major to get Rated.

    Highflyer17, make sure you talk to the AFROTC Det at your school for information on possible majors.
     
  6. Eagle 1

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    As a heads up, a lot of people going AE at ERAU tend to end up changing their major to meteorology or a non-tech major.

    If engineering is something you can really see yourself doing in the future, then go for it, but focus your major on something you love and could see yourself using in the future.

    Pilots come from majors of all types - tech, and non-tech. Don't focus on what will get you the pilot slot, but rather what you will love and do well in. Your GPA will be one of the most crucial factors into if you even become an officer at all, let alone a pilot.
     

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