Greetings. I'm sure that someone on this forum will be able to provide some insight into the following: I recently overheard the following comment: "if you go in to the Air Force as "non-rated" (meaning upon commissioning from the AFA or a SMC/AFROTC, etc.), your career will never be able to take you as far as it could as if you commission "rated". I was particularly intrigued by this comment given the SFT selection process that recently occurred, mandating that the 2nd year cadets declare rated or non-rated in the package that was sent up from the detachment. Basically , the person that was speaking was saying that if you go in "non-rated", you're going to be kind of a 2nd class citizen. I'm wondering if this is true. As a civie mom, I have no idea so I thought I'd ask because people say the darndest things!