History Major

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  1. Nelson Rock

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    I just started the AFROTC and I am concerned about an EA allocation in 3 years (due to an LDS mission). I am currently in a History Major and I am concerned it is going to screw me down the road with an EA and a pilot slot. I really love history and thats what ill do best in but if it will ruin my chances I will switch. What GPA should I have with a History major in order to get a slot? Will this screw me in any way?
     
  2. Pima

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    Our DS is a govt and politics major, with minor in Intl Relations and a core in History. He is an AFROTC scholarship cadet that will be graduating this fall with a PILOT slot.

    So there is your answer...you can def. get a UPT slot as a history major.

    Now for some reality checks.

    1. You need to have at least a 3.2 to feel even somewhat comfortable for SFT. Tech majors typically have lower gpas, but they get an edge in the system re:gpa because they are tech majors. To offset their score you need to raise yours.

    2. Be involved in the Det. Nobody is going to fight for you to get that SFT slot as hard as you will fight for it. If you just think that you pull a 3.4 gpa it means you are safe, but the cadet with a 3.2 fights harder than the rec will show that. In other words has jobs and awards within the det.

    ~~~ That rec will be a big factor when you go for a rated slot too.

    3. Your SFT ranking will be a part of your OML.

    ~~~It is not all gpa. You can have a 4.0, but if you scored in the bottom 50% at SFT it is going to ding you.
    ~ No SFT and not only will you not get UPT, but you may/will also be separated from AFROTC. In other words don't worry about UPT worry about getting SFT.

    4. PFT is a part of your OML

    ~~~ Again have a 4.0, but an 85 on the PFT and you get dinged.

    5. TBAS and AFOQT matter.

    ~~~ These two will be placed into the equation for your OML.
    ~ OBTW if you have any flight hours make sure you take your log with you to admit at the TBAS because you get bonus points for flight experience.

    SO as you can see the major is not the only thing that matters. Honestly, one reason many who want to fly go tech is from a long term perspective. Without a tech degree, i.e. engineering you cannot go to Test Pilot School. So many go this route to keep that option open for as long as possible. If you have no desire to go to TPS, and pull a strong gpa, plus all of the other things you should have a strong shot at getting UPT.

    Caveat 1: Nobody knows the future, and with the budget issues looming, all of this info I just stated can be null and void.
    Caveat 2: SFT rates vary det to det., especially regarding gpa. Talk to your det regarding what was the avg gpa for a non-tech major this yr that got SFT. For Ex: VT gets a lot of SFT and pilot slots compared to other dets and the national avg. DS's det. is at exactly the national avg.
     
  3. Nelson Rock

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    Thank you very much that was very helpful, and one more question what does DS mean? I've seen it so much and I still can't figure it out.
     
  4. Pima

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    Dear Son.
     
  5. 89Bison

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    It's amusing how typing "DS" instead of "son" doesn't save the writer even a single keystroke (gotta hit that shift button!), yet causes so much confusion among readers.
     

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