Ucf afrotc

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  1. Akrogan

    Akrogan Member

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    So I'm starting AFROTC in the fall as a Type 7 scholarship recipient at UCF. I'm a civil engineering major.

    Does anyone have any helpful tips for being a part of this detachment, or just in general?

    Thank you greatly!
     
  2. Pima

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    I am not sure you will fine someone here from UCF, but the general aspects in the beginning are about the same at every unit.

    Use the summer to workout in all types of weather. If you are a night owl, than make sure that you stay with your bedtime routine, but wake up and do the PFA at 6 a.m. The fact is dorms are loud, and your dorm mates don't care that you have to be up at 5:30 to exercise. Plus, there will be nights where you will be studying late for an exam, so even if you are not a night owl sometimes you won't get to bed until midnight for academic reasons.

    Make sure your form is 100% correct. If it is not than you are working twice as hard for half the score. Our DS's det were sticklers on the form.
    ~ Each year there are threads about cadets failing the PFT because of form.
    ~~~~ Fail and you can't contract. No stipend, no book allowance, no tuition paid.

    For other things.
    1. You will need your original Birth certificate and SS card.
    ~~~~ Go with a FEDEX envelope and send it back home as soon as you submit it to the unit.
    2. Contact your family doc and ask if you can have them download all of your medical records onto a CD ROM.
    ~~~~ All of my kids have gone to school with one. It is just for the G forbid, this way the doc there knows your entire medical history in minutes. Our DD went to the ER as a sophomore and the Doc was thankful that she had it, they didn't need to worry about allergies, med. history, it was all there on the CD.
    3. Good sneakers that you have worn a couple of times. They do not give you sneaks and if you have not worn them it can impact your PFA score.
    4. Tide to Go pen/wipes. You'd be amazed how easy it is to get a splash of soda on your uniform at lunch before your LLAB class.

    Others can give other suggestions, but those are my top ones.
     
  3. flyboy25

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    I interviewed for my afrotc scholarship at UCF and was going to attend but i recieved a slot for the c/o 2018 at USAFA. Im not sure if you have visited it at all or are familiar with it, buts its a beautiful detachment and its growing. Ive heard many great things about it. Cadets were helpful and always looking out for each other, as well as fellow UCF students. If you want any other details about the attachment or ucf itself, just message me. I can try my best to help you in anyway

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  4. Pima

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    I would also add if the det. has GMC nights, attend them as often as you can.
    ~ Our DS's det. had GMC nights every week. The det. would order in pizza and the 100/200/250s would spend a couple of hours bonding playing foosball, crud and x box or watch movies.

    It was a great way to bond as peers.

    He had a great unit, they not only did that for 100s, but also every 100 was assigned a mentors that was a 300, and would remain their mentors for two years. If UCF has either of these programs use it to your best advantage, especially the mentors. Mentors are great because they will assist you privately when you have questions, as long as you don't push it... squeaky wheel is not what you want to be known as. They may also take you aside and privately alert you of some weaknesses that are being noticed by cadet leadership to get you back on track before it is too late.
    ~~~~ Remember you really only have 3 semesters to make or break from an SFT perspective.

    Also use this summer to start studying for the AFOQT. You can only take it twice and it appears that AFROTC is going back to not using ACT/SAT for SFT, but the AFOQT. DS's class took it the 1st time as 100s.

    If you want to go rated, use some of that HS graduation present $$$ on flight lessons. PCSM 2.0 gives an edge to those that have flight hours. Our DS would have been close to maxxed points under the new system because once bitten by the bug he only asked for flight hours as gifts. He flew at our local airport every time he came home for breaks. His summer before entering AFROTC he flew so often he was able to solo the week before he left.
    ~ It is insanely expensive...about 150-200 an hour.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Akrogan

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    This is EXCELLENT advice, thanks so much! I was able to talk to my detachment and they are awesome!

    I also appreciate the AFOQT study advice, I didn't think about that at all; also I don't intend on going rated, but I am seriously interested in becoming and OSI agent...anyone have any input on this through AFROTC? Would branching Security Forces be the best idea to get into that field?

    Also will being a Civil Engineering major force me into that field at all? (If so I don't mind at all)

    Thanks so much!
     
  6. SunnyX

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    Do EVERYTHING that you can. Optional = do it if it doesn't interfere with classes.
    Memorize this
    http://quizlet.com/19296858/afrotc-warrior-knowledge-flash-cards/

    Keep your grade high

    Don't drink underage

    Do stuff that lets you stand out (e.i. recruiting, plan events)

    Have a nice pair of running shoes.

    I personally thought the AFOQT was super easy with the exception of pilot and nav and got 99 on the other three, but some people struggle with it. It's like the SAT

    I am told that your major doesn't matter too much. Of course if you want to get into engineering, having that degree will help. Civil affairs is the only reserve only branch.
     

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