AFROTC Tier 1 Electrical Engineering major question

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  1. MichUSNA2021hopefulparent

    MichUSNA2021hopefulparent Member

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    I spoke with a person involved in the AFROTC program in the engineering department at Valparaiso University (crosstown affiliate with University of Notre Dame's AFROTC detachment 225) yesterday who informed me the Air Force's #1 most sought after major for ROTC students is electrical engineering, and they "cannot get enough of them." Can anyone with specific knowledge confirm or deny this claim?
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  2. rehula

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    Cant confirm it is the number one, but it is true that it is highly sought after and the AF rarely meets its accession goals for EE majors (this from a current active duty engineer).
     
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    Thanks for the info, rehula
     
  4. aj1232

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    I would agree, more or less. When I joined in 2012 I was told the 3 most in-demand majors were electrical engineering, computer engineering, and nursing. Seems to be still be the case today as well... Though for scholarships and EAs one of the biggest helps is just to be a major considered "tech" - i.e, math, science, engineering, etc.
     
  5. MichUSNA2021hopefulparent

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    Ok thanks, aj1232, good info.
     
  6. Pima

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    I too can't confirm, but will say that if you want to go rated, and HQ AF says it is a critical manning, they may decide not to let you go rated. The most sought after majors change constantly, but EE has always been on the top.

    @aj1232 I would not say nursing is sought after so much anymore. A poster that has 2 kids in the AF (1 AFROTC, 1 USAFA grads) will tell you when their DD arrived at Brooks, she was flat out told that the AF from a manning perspective will be reducing their numbers big time. The trend now is to contract civilians because from a cost perspective it is cheaper for them. No retirement bennies like there would be for the ADAF. This has been slowly happening for years. At the end of Bullet's career the on base dentists were all contracted civilians except for 1 doc. Healthcare in the military is so different now than it was even 10 years ago, let alone 20 years ago, but the military is going to think about 10 to 20 years from now when they offer scholarships.
    ~ In the 90s AF bases had maternity wards and ERs at every base. By 2000, it would be hard to find either at any base. By 2010, when you were getting prescriptions filled, they were asking if you had other health insurance coverage. My DS is a pilot (O2), his Dad was also rated. When we retired, the entire family all went to the flight doc for any medical issue, never off base. My sons wife is not entitled to see the flight doc, it is only for the actual rated ADAF member.
    ~ As a retiree spouse, when we retired, the base flat out said we are not taking any new retiree dependents, you will have to go off base. My kids and I have never seen an on base/post doctor since 2008. We live in No. VA. and that means we were shut out of @ 7 military installations. (Quantico to Andrews, including Belvoir and everywhere in between). Bullet does not go to any military medical facility either because the wait time as a retiree he is behind AD, and should be impo, thus we now use our 2nd career insurance as a GS for medical needs, instead of what is part of his retirement.

    Just saying, that from someone that entered this world in 1989, and now has a child serving ADAF, the writing is on the wall, and I would not say that nursing is coveted anymore because it looks like that they will be going the way of civilian GS.

    Sorry for the diversion and taking this off track, but I wanted to make sure that applicants and candidates understand that a lot can change in 5 years when it comes to the needs of the AF, and that is compounded when we are still dealing with sequestration.
    ~If you asked the avg person if we still are dealing with sequestration, most would say what is SEQUESTRATION?
    ~~ It was all over the news years ago with the cutting hours for GS and contracted employees, but now nobody realizes that the DoD is still constricting their budget every year and will be for more years to come. That than impacts ROTC.
     
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  7. MichUSNA2021hopefulparent

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    DS does not want to go rated
     
  8. zrxkuma

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    My DS is an ECE major, the landscape surrounding his major over the last three years is pretty grim. It's an aggressive major to complete in 4 years and many cadets don't succeed. As usual, ensure you have a plan to cover the cost of wherever you go in case the worst happens. Getting cadets through the academics, physical fitness and security clearance requirements seems to be a minefield. That being said, his Detachment Leadership echoes what you're hearing in that ECE is always one of the most desired degrees. I have no factual information regarding how having great physical fitness scores and great reviews regarding interaction with the Detachment but average grades in an aggressive major like ECE has on your ranking in the Detachment and therefore a better chance at getting an EA, but one would think there would be some concessions given to the harder majors when GPA's are being compared.
     

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