AFROTC while taking Masters classes

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  1. Cgunner91

    Cgunner91 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I am 22 years old and just received sophomore status at my state college and I'm currently attempting to gain acceptance into AFROTC. Just a quick question: I was told by an AFROTC recruitment commander the other day that although my grades were not on par yet with AFROTC standards in order to be accepted, once I bring them up I can apply for the two or three year programs starting next year. I was told I could even be in AFROTC while taking master's courses. Is this true?

    I have also been told once you are past the two year point in college, you can no longer participate in AFROTC. Again, I am NOT looking for a scholarship. Those chances are entirely out the window and I am simply trying to receive a commission at this point. I am pursuing any of the rated officer/aviation career fields if that makes any difference. (OTS has become very competitive these days so my options are running thin). Some verification on this process would be appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. Capt. Ahab

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    I was told when I asked that it is difficult to do a masters program, but possible. Mainly because graduate programs are competitive, and since you would be a 250 you would have to prove you can be in the AFROTC program for an additional three years (starting from the upcoming fall) and your acceptance would be conditional to being accepted into a graduate program.

    I may pursue that route if I am given the opportunity the remain in my program. One of the staff in my Cadre said the masters program cannot exceed %50 percent of the duration of the POC program. Which gives you a year (three semesters) at best. 0% room for error. It is not a path that is recommended or sometimes even possible.
     
  3. Pima

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    I know that a friend of our DS did this two years ago for the same reason. Their school offered a combined undergrad/grad 5 year program. He entered as a 250 when he was a junior.

    The thing to research more before you spend the money for one more year in college is how much are you going to need from a cgpa perspective to become competitive for an SFT slot? Are you talking carrying a 2.5 currently as a non-tech, or are you around a 3.1?
    ~~~ It is really hard as a junior with only one semester before SFT boarding to pull it up .8 on your cgpa.

    They are correct there is no two year program for AFROTC. You must attend SFT and upon completion you need at least 3 semesters in AFROTC prior to commissioning. Theoretically for you that would be the only path.

    I would also think twice about this if you know right now you have a medical issue that may require a waiver. I.E. asthma, eye issues, long term prescription meds. You will need to be cleared by DoDMERB prior to commissioning. If you need a waiver for anything it can become an issue.
     
  4. Cgunner91

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    Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it. The reason for my age: I graduated from the USAFA preparatory school then completed a semester at the academy. (didn't make grades). GPA is a 2.2 but coming up fast after this quarter. Apart from that, no other issues except a poor GPA which has been quite the thorn in my side coming here. I should hopefully be over a 2.5 and nearing a 3.0 after my sophomore year. Do you know how competitive it is to get an AS 250 slot? Would my 1.5 years at USAFA help improve my chances?
     
  5. Capt. Ahab

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    The real problem you face is the amount of face time you get with Cadre. If you know your stuff from the previous school, you shouldn't have a problem conveying that you know your stuff. Being a 250 gives you one semester to really shine and show your progression.

    If the GPA is nearing 3.0 after the spring semester, you face a problem. Because the cGPA that is used is from the fall, so you only have one semester to increase that too.

    I wouldn't say not to do it. If you are going to be in school anyways, %100 percent do it, you will gain a lot of leadership qualities and be surrounded with people with the right priorities. It is totally doable. Just know your climbing uphill against 200s that have been in the program and look out for one another.
     

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