AFROTC Russian major

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by gojack, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. gojack

    gojack .... 5-Year Member

    Jul 1, 2010
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    Question for a friend of my sons

    What would the probable job(s)/assignments be for an AF Officer w/a
    degree in Russian?
  2. sprog

    sprog 5-Year Member

    Mar 10, 2009
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    Major field of study isn't a consideration in most career fields in the USAF. Some, like scientist and engineer positions, do require a degree in a specific field (I think you may have to have some credits in accounting to do finance, too). However, pilots, air battle managers, missileers, navigators (CSOs, whatever they call them now), security forces, intel, public affairs, combat rescue and a list of others do not require any specific undergraduate major.

    The better question is what does he want to do with the degree in Russian? If he wants to do intelligence, then it is useful to have the extra language, and I'm sure he could put it to use. He certainly won't be pigeonholed because of it, though, and he can be a B-52 pilot or an aircraft maintenance officer, or whatever the needs of the Air Force are at the time.

    I was an International Studies major with an English minor, and on active duty, I was a missileer for the Minuteman III ICBM. My undergraduate degree had nothing to do with what I did on active duty, except that I had heard of the concept of nuclear deterrence as a policy matter. That and $1.50 would get you a cup of coffee when it came to the ins and outs of operating the missile system. The Air Force will teach you what you need to know to be successful at whatever AFSC (Air Force Specialty Code) they assign you.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010
  3. nick4060

    nick4060 5-Year Member

    Jan 20, 2008
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    Im studying Russian in AFROTC. As stated previously, it wont lock him into any specific AFSC. He'll have the opportunity to apply for almost anything (except technical fields).

    But foreign language study is profitable. For taking my already required junior-level Russian classes this year, I'll get an extra $1200 bonus. Next year it goes up to $1800. And the summer CSLIP PDT pays $3000 i believe. Unfortunately this bonus only applpies to contracted cadets (those on scholarship or in the POC).

    Word of advice to anyone in AFROTC who has a little extra room on their schedule - take a foreign language class.

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