NROTC or AFROTC

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Zielinski20, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Zielinski20

    Zielinski20 New Member

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    I was planning on applying for an AFROTC scholarship because I want to fly planes but I heard that Air Force is mostly cargo planes and that Navy has more jets and fighters. I was wondering if this is true because then I would rather try the NROTC.
     
  2. dunninla

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    I don't know... however I heard that from this past graduating class from the USNA, everyone who was qualified medical/size/eyesight, and wanted "Naval Aviator" got it. The demand and supply were in perfect balance... incidentally Marine-Ground was the most popular choice.

    ROTC is probably a little different. Just pointing out that Naval Aviator is not as tough to get as some suppose. Oh, as with the Air Force, most pilots do not drive the fastest planes.
     
  3. Republic_Commando

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    The Air Force has more cargo aircraft, because that is one of their primary duties. It's not the Navy's job to haul heavy things around the world.
     
  4. aglages

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    But does the Navy have more fighter planes (therefore more fighter pilots) than the AF?
     
  5. Bullet

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    Current AF Fighter inventory: a little over 2100, reducing to just about 2000 due to budget cuts.

    Current Navy AND Marine Corps fighter inventory COMBINED: about 1200 (600 older Hornets, 400 Super Hornets, 150 Harriers, give or take a few)

    Now, all three services will be buying F-35s to replace their older jets and become the backbone of the tactical fighter fleet.

    The AF plans to buy 1763 F-35s, the Navy and Marines COMBINED plan to buy about 650.

    Yes, the AF also flies more cargo planes; it's another primary mission for us. But we also have more fighters than the other services as well, and therefore a much larger number of fighter pilots
     
  6. aglages

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    Thank you Bullet! Your response should help clear up any misunderstandings. :thumb:
     
  7. Pima

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    Now that the numbers are cleared up, what should be more important is to ask yourself if you want to land the plane where you left it when you took off (AF) or do you want to land somewhere different (Navy ---Boat will move).

    There is no guarantee that A. you will get a fighter let alone a pilot slot out of either ROTC program. The only guarantee you have is that you will serve in that branch for at least 4 yrs (non-rated) and 10 (really 11 for rated)

    SO before you go down the path of I will fly fighters in 2017, better make sure you are prepared to serve in that BRANCH.

    Even if you do get fighters, and want to make it a career you will not spend 20 yrs flying, you will step out of the cockpit to make rank.
     

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