Did I miss the chance to go rated?

monacamp163

New Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2018
Messages
4
I'm a 300 level (Junior in college) cadet in AFROTC. I graduated field training in the top 3rd with a rated slot but ultimately told my commander that I wanted to do engineering so I didn't actually go for a rated position.

As rated boards are coming out, I am regretting not going for it. While I'd be fine being an engineer, I'd like the opportunity to go for rated next year, if possible.

Is it possible to go for rated your 400 (Senior) year? I can't find anything on this.
 

Tbpxece

Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2018
Messages
770
I'm a 300 level (Junior in college) cadet in AFROTC. I graduated field training in the top 3rd with a rated slot but ultimately told my commander that I wanted to do engineering so I didn't actually go for a rated position.

As rated boards are coming out, I am regretting not going for it. While I'd be fine being an engineer, I'd like the opportunity to go for rated next year, if possible.

Is it possible to go for rated your 400 (Senior) year? I can't find anything on this.
You missed the easiest point of entry, sure, but you'll have more opportunities to compete for a spot, even after ROTC. Age is the biggest barrier. Get your PPL and as many hours as you can in the meantime.

If you're not super picky about airframe, then you can also look at ANG/AFR units too.
 

Pima

10-Year Member
Joined
Nov 28, 2007
Messages
13,977
There is a supplemental board in the fall of 400.

Honestly, I do not know how the true details work for that board.

You need to talk to your cadre.
~ Beware engineering is tricky. Sometimes they are considered critical manning.

I agree with Tbpxece. There will be more chances down the line. Here is a great example. He flew with my Husband in the 111s.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_T._Good

Bueno not only went engineering out of the gate, but was a WSO and not a pilot.
His path took a lot of turns/twists, but he got his dream in the end.
~ After graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and subsequently assigned to Eglin Air Force Base Wikipedia makes it seem like he flew there. He didn't! He flew a desk as an engineer.
 

monacamp163

New Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2018
Messages
4
To answer my own question:

There is a supplemental board in the Fall that 400s can apply to (either to get a rated slot or attempt to change their current rated slot).

As en Electrical Engineering major, it's difficult to get a rated slot as it's a critical major according to the AF.
 
Top