AFROTC tips for transfer students

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  1. rdesai11

    rdesai11 New Member

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    I will be transferring to the University of Georgia summer of 2013 with 2 and a half academic years remaining. I plan on beginning AFROTC fall of 2013. I am a dual Computer Science and Information Systems major and I should have around a 3.1 once I begin AFROTC. What are some things I need to be focusing apart from my grades once I begin? Also what are my odds at FT selection?

    Thanks :thumb:
     
  2. DukeFool

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    Add an additional year so that you can go through the 4 year program. Being a 3 year cadet is very stressful with the combination of dual major and having to show that you want to be an Air Force officer. I've seen many 3 year cadets switch down to the freshmen class so that they can have more time to adjust to university and the Air Force life. I'm not sure where you are transferring from but if you came from a community college I learn that the jump from CC to a University is really difficult. If you cannot afford to stay an additional year I suggest having an extremely regimented schedule where you dedicate most of your hours on school and being active in your AFROTC detachment. Hanging out with friends should be the least of your worries for at least the first semester at Georgia. You will have to make sacrifices in order to become an Air Force officer.
     
  3. Pima

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    Nobody can tell you the odds since nobody is on the boards, there are a lot of things in play. Don't worry about it right now, worry about your grades and staying healthy.

    DukeFool is right you will have sacrifices to be made, but I would twist that a little. They will never be sacrifices if that is your goal. You will gladly opt to do what is needed to obtain that goal, hence it isn't a sacrifice.

    Take this time and really investigate ADAF life. That means investigating AFSC career plans A, B, C and D. Don't assume you will get A or B, assume you will get C or D. If you do this you will be happy in the end whatever you get. Too many walk in saying they want a specific career in the AF and don't understand that the needs of the AF will always come before your desires.

    Completion of SFT means the AF's needs will come 1st because now you are on the hook. Again, that means career choice and base location. If you can say you will be happy as a CE at Minot ND for 4 yrs., go for it. If you say you think as a cadet you can get Hickam HA as an O1 with no problem, than I say re-think it,
     
  4. rdesai11

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    I totally understand about staying on track and locking if I want to graduate in three years. Will being a Comp Sci major play a factor? I have heard being a tech major can have some sort of advantage. Is this true?
     
  5. Pima

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    Depends on how you see it.

    Non-tech majors typically need a 3.3-3.4 for SFT selection. Tech needs 3.0-3.1

    Sounds like an advantage, but once you look at it from an academic perspective it isn't an advantage when you are carrying 19-21 credits per semester compared to 16-19 credits for a non-tech. Non-techs have less credits, they should have a higher cgpa than tech majors.

    Hence why the tech majors cgpa get an edge.

    They get points only because they are trying to even the field for selection when it comes to tech vs non-tech. Additionally, the cgpa is a small % of the score.

    Want to know who gets a true edge? It is the majors that the AF considers critical manning. Nurses and EE's are 2 of them. I don't know about CS because although I am sure cyber is critical, just don't know if the AF considers every CS major as critical manning.
     
  6. DukeFool

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    I'm not sure about you but I feel that it is more harder for someone to get an A in Calculus compared to Business Management 101 and that's another reason why the AFROTC lowers the standard for Tech majors. The Air Force is certainly looking for Comp Sci according to the administration of my detachment. Explains why a third of my class are Comp Sci majors and our presence at a competition of Cyber hackers. Be aware though that since your major is a critical field, the Air Force may trap you in the critical career field. You may have seen threads of how EE majors who were applying for rated positions got denied and became Engineers. Make sure that your desired career field is cyber-security or your main mission is to serve your country regardless of what the Air Force tells you what to be. Fighting for what you desire with the Air Force usually is a losing situation and ends up with one unhappy camper.
     
  7. Pima

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    I agree with Duke, if you want to go rated, make sure AF does not classify the major as critical manning.
     
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    Cyber security/ops is actually my number one choice! Thank you for your insight! :thumb:
     

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