Best majors for a chance at a rated slot in AFROTC

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  1. Scott1992

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    Hi everyone,

    Just wondering if there are any tier 1 major's that give you a better chance at getting a rated slot. And what about going for a rated slot with a non-tech major?
     
  2. Pima

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    AFROOTC does not do tier majors. They separate them by tech and non-tech. Major in what you will be successful in regardless. Here's why:
    1. Your cgpa will be used as part of the selection for Summer Field Training (SFT).
    ~ Avg cgpa for tech is 3.0/3.1 and 3.3/3.4 for non-tech.
    ~ AFOQT will also be a part of selection.

    NO SFT = no commissioning

    2. There are times when AFPC will say certain majors in the tech field are mission critical and than if that occurs, they will limit the amount of those majors for rated.
    ~ As a freshmen your major may not be considered critical, but 2 years later it could be, thus your planning has gone awry.

    3. Rated selection will include more than just your major and your cgpa. The playing field can level our between a tech and non-tech major based on the other portions for rated selection boards.
    ~ AFOQT, TBAS, CoC rec, PFT, ranking out of SFT, and flight hours.

    Finally, your slate is wiped clean at UPT. Nobody cares what your major was, and I have seen just as many non-tech majors get fighters as tech majors. It becomes more about handling the stick than your academic background.
    ~ Caveat: Many will say tech majors do have an edge in the very beginning, because in the beginning it is academics....lots and lots of tests.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  3. Zero

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    Pima pretty much nailed it, however I will add this caveat.

    Some majors will help you understand the mechanics of flying, such as aero/astro, weather, etc. (This may or may not help you down the road). Additionally, some colleges even allow flying to count for credit, both for your associates and/or bachelors. But in general like Pima said, pick what you will get good grades in, that's the biggest thing that will get a slot.
     
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  4. noketchup

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    Just a heads up, PSP stuff came down the line, they took away "Rated" selection due to the higher selection rates. Apparently, some dets & cadets took advantage of rated selection in years past just to get in, and didn't really care to go into a rated career. This year, it is just FY18 or FY19 for graduation, and you pick between Tech or Non-Tech for selection.

    Also, I'm Mech Engineering and I'm going pilot. I have fellow cadets that go to a crosstown school to do an aviation degree. Both degrees help in different ways I suppose.
     
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  5. derek44

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    @noketchup do you know how this will affect PSP selection rates?
     
  6. noketchup

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    I have no clue. I know me and a couple of other Rated guys are kind of worried, but it shouldn't be too horrible. Non-tech will likely suffer as always, so if you are a Rated candidate taking a non-tech course, you may suffer a bit depending how far low you are. I'm tech, so I'm only slightly less worried.
     

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