Here’s an overview of majors in AFROTC, and how they matter down the road.
In AFROTC, you can really do whatever major you want. However, if you pursue a non-technical major, you may have a less likely chance of receiving an enrollment allocation for field training than someone with a technical major. EAs come in four ‘flavors’: non-rated technical, rated technical, non-rated non-technical and rated non-technical. Typically the non-rated, non-technical group gets the lowest percentage of EAs, which is why many people think twice about pursuing a non-technical major. However, if you do well in that major, you definitely have a better shot at getting an EA than someone doing poorly in an engineering major. We had people in my class graduate with English, Criminal Justice and other degrees like that.
For scholarships, however, they typically specify whether it’s for a technical degree or a non-technical degree. For technical degrees, you must choose from the AFROTC approved technical majors for your school. Typically an ABET-accredited engineering degree would be on this list along with some others that vary by school, however, please check with your detachment to see if your major would qualify. Non-technical scholarships are good for any major. There is no ‘approved’ list for non-technical majors.
Also, as a note, your major really doesn’t matter much at all once you’re on active duty. I studied engineering and the guy next to me could be a history major. For a few career fields, they will only accept technical degrees (i.e engineers and space, although there are exceptions to space), but most everything else doesn’t really care.
Probably a lot more than you wanted to know about AFROTC majors, but I hope it’s helpful for you and anyone else interested.