AFROTCP, you're right that you're early on the scene, but there's nothing wrong with a head start. Here are some main points:
- The Air Force is taking a lot of pilot slots, if you've got flight hours, a good GPA, and decent rankings (i.e. get along with your cadre and peers), you're gtg. That being said, I don't know what it will look like by the time you commission/go active duty, but the Air Force's pilot shortage doesn't appear to be going away any time soon.
- Major in what you enjoy. You're more likely to get a higher GPA that way and if you don't get a pilot slot you have a higher chance of landing in a field you like.
- Prioritize your GPA. Too many cadets do everything they can in ROTC and let their grades slip. Your GPA impacts so many things, and sticks with you for years. Invest in it, it will be worth it, I promise.
- Game the PFA. Everyone is different but good workouts and proper technique can get you a high or perfect score, which goes a long ways.
- Be a good friend, classmate, wingman. Being honest, social, or engaging with other ppl goes farther in rankings and life than a lot of other things. Yes, know your stuff as best you can. Yes, compete hard. Yes, know when to be firm and when to shut up and follow orders.. But seriously, being an open, engaging, supportive person is the foundation of not only success in ROTC or throughout your career, but also in your public and private life.
Lengthy, maybe a little preachy lol, but just some honest thoughts. Feel free to PM me. With flying hours, a good school, and a long term plan you're already off and running. Best of luck bro!