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  1. buster_sit!

    buster_sit! Member

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    My son received a 4 year AF ROTC scholarship to an instate school, or a 3 year to an outstate school.

    This information was via email, and he electronically accepted the 3 year outstate to the school he had already been working with. I am surprised that we have received nothing via (snail) mail at this point. Is this the normal protocol? It seems kind of unofficial to me. Everything he has done so far has been done electronically. Maybe this is the way of the world now, but it seems very odd. Everyone keeps stressing that you really have to read, read, read the requirements...make sure you KNOW what you are signing up for.

    How can he "sign" on the line via the internet? What is he "signing" or agreeing to? Is it because he chose the 3 year instead of the 4? That would mean that the ROTC part would not begin until his sophomore year in college.

    Any insight on this?? Much thanks!
     
  2. Pima

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    The threads on the. AFA side is saying this is the way they are going more and more.

    My suggestion is have your DS contact Maxwell to make sure all of his paperwork completed at this point.

    The big fine print issues are very simple.
    1. Maintain at least a 2.5
    ~~~~ Honestly, to get SFT(EA) as a 200 they will need at least a 3.0 (tech), 3.4 (non-tech) to feel they are competitive for EA selection.

    2. Changing majors require approval to keep the scholarship.
    ~~~~ Tech to tech major, or non.tech to non.tech are typically no biggie. Tech to non-tech will be difficult to get approval. Slim to no chance is the real chance if you are a gambler.

    3. DoDMERB must be valid when contracting.
    ~~~~ if he does the 3, and took his exam in Aug, his rising Sr. Year, he probably will need a new one before contracting as a 200 since the exam is only valid for 2 years.

    4. Must pass the PFT to contract.
    ~~~~ Must show birth certificate and SS card (original) also.

    5. If you leave by your request after the end of 100 year, I.e. fall 200/300/400, they can request repayment or enlistment for the scholarship

    5. If not selected for SFT as a 200, they have the right to revoke the scholarship for the remaining years at college.
    ~~~~ Hence, don't take it if this is the only way to pay for the college.
    ~ See the SFT/EA threads 175 scholarship recipients supposedly were not selected. SFT/EA selection boards place no weight on their decision when it comes to selections. The board does not even see which cadet is on scholarship and which is not. In AF terms it is called masked or blind.

    6. They do not guarantee any career field assignment or base upon commissioning. It is the needs of the AF.

    7. There will be an exit DoDMERB exam prior to commissioning. If DQd they will not serve. If they find that the cadet lied about their medical history they can demand repayment.

    8. Any honor violations can result in dis-enrollment and the demand for repayment.

    That basically is it.
     
  3. buster_sit!

    buster_sit! Member

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    question

    Thank you for all the info!!! What is "SFT"?
     
  4. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    Summer Field Training. AFROTC's crucible event that happens the summer after sophomore year, you must earn an enrollment allocation (EA) in order to attend. Slots are given based on cgpa, SAT/ACT/AFOQT, Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), and commander's ranking. Major is also a big factor, and now so is whether or not you want to go rated (pilot, CSO, RPA, etc).
     
  5. aglages

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    X2 Non Ducor Duco

    The necessity of being selected for SFT means that a 4 year AFROTC scholarship is actually a 2+2 year scholarship. Basically a 2 year scholarship with an additional two years at the option of the AF. Obviously that means your son's 3 year scholarship is actually a 1+2 year scholarship.

    Let me also second the following portion of Pima's post in this thread:
    Congratulations and good luck to your son!:thumb:
     

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