AFROTC Question vs. USAFA

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  1. hlkgirl

    hlkgirl Member

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    I could spend hours looking for the answer, but I think someone here will know...my son like all of your children is "dying" to go the USAFA. We are putting back up plans into place. One of them is AFROTC, however hows does an AFROTC scholarship work? He probably already knows this, but does he have to apply separately if he's applied for the USAFA? And what is his chances of getting one if he isn't necessarily going into a technical or language field, generally speaking...I don't need a number :smile: Or if someone has a link that explains it, that would be helpful and appreciated.

    I am overwhelmed and to be honest a little sad...I can't keep up with how fast time is flying by...
     
  2. Boozebin

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    First piece of advice is strap in. The ride only gets faster as they get older!

    Second is that the AFROTC process is completely independent of the AFA.

    Your first stop is going to the AFROTC web site and get as much information as you can there.

    http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/

    It does a good job of explaining the process and the different types of scholarships.

    Once you digested that and you have more specific questions come back here and do a search for topics to see if you can find an old post that has the information you're looking for.

    If that fails post away we have some really good experts on the pathways of ROTC.
     
  3. hlkgirl

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    Thank you, that was my main question...is it an independent process? He will go ROTC even if he doesn't get into the Academy or get a scholarship, but I believe he would be a strong candidate. I also know they don't guarantee he would be commissioned into his "field of study", if he goes non-technical. But apparently he needs to hurry to make their deadline...Thank you!
     
  4. Pima

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    There is a ROTC forum on this site. I would suggest you lurk around there for a while.

    It is completely different every single way imaginable....starting with ROTC does not super score SAT/ACT.

    I think the mods might want to move this thread to ROTC because it is more about AFROTC than AFA.
    ~ No offense to the OP. Just trying to assist.
     
  5. Eberlz

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    As someone who has done both...

    If he wants to get an AF ROTC Scholarship, he first needs to meet the deadlines in early/mid December... Get on the site people above have linked and complete it. From what I remember, it was not that long. There is a physical fitness test requirement, and some letter of recommendations needed.

    As for degrees, from what I saw ROTC heavily weights technical majors vs non-tech. Having a strategic language (Russian, Chinese, Arabic) definitely is a step up from a non-tech major, but tech majors rule scholarship wise, and career field selection wise later down the road.

    If he doesn't get that all completed, he can still go into the Detachment and sign up and participate in the program. (This is what I did.)
     
  6. Pima

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    AFROTC has 3 boards. These boards are held at Maxwell AFB. They do not talk to the AFA, neither knows which one has offered or not offered to a candidate.

    The first thing to really understand is that the intended major matters. 80%+ scholarship go to tech majors. Do not place a tech major if that is not your true desire because if you decide to switch to nontech later on, you will need their approval to maintain the scholarship. Now a days that is rarely ever approved.

    Secondly, the selection board is national. They do not care about where you reside or what college you want to attend.

    Thirdly, the scholarship is not guaranteed for four years. It is what I like to call a 2 + 2. As a sophomore you must be selected for summer field training. If not selected you will probably be disenrolled. Hence why I say it is 2 + 2. Last years overall selection rate was @55%.

    Hope that helps to clear up the difference between AFROTC scholarship and the AFA.
     

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