Does a AF 4-yr-ROTC cadet also have to go through BMT?

7OFSPADES

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After the 4 yrs, the cadet comes out as a 2nd Lieutenant in the AF.....So I guess he doesn't have to go through BMT??

**Details please**
 

AROTC-dad

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7OFSPADES

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Here is a past thread that may be helpful:
https://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?threads/what-happens-after-graduation-for-afrotc.29530/

I can only speak on Army and Marines on what happens after commissioning. Neither attends "typical Basic training."

  • Army officers attend a specific BOLC school for their particular branch assignment (Aviation, Armor, Infantry etc).
  • All Marine officers attend the Basic School.

I will let others speak on the AF.
Ok, thanks a lot
 

AROTC-dad

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BMT is the AF version of boot camp and is for enlisted folks only. I use the term boot camp loosely....
Oh, then I guess these college cadets will go to some other super fancy leadership kinda school.....?
Here are some of your "super fancy schools" for officers:

The Marines use The Basic School after commissioning

The Army uses BOLC Course: (IBOLC shown here for infantry)

Air Force ROTC graduates may qualify for Pilot training if they pass IFS.
 

7OFSPADES

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BMT is the AF version of boot camp and is for enlisted folks only. I use the term boot camp loosely....
Oh, then I guess these college cadets will go to some other super fancy leadership kinda school.....?
Here are some of your "super fancy schools" for officers:

The Marines use The Basic School after commissioning

The Army uses BOLC Course: (IBOLC shown here for infantry)

Air Force ROTC graduates may qualify for Pilot training if they pass IFS.
LOL, ok:lolatyou:
 

AROTC-dad

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I highly recommend you reach out to your detachment and speak with the recruiting officer about the various expectations, including summer training, POC, IFS and the other important components of AFROTC. This will give you more of a localized background on what to expect over the next four years. It may take a bit for them to respond as it is summer break.

After you begin school in the fall, you will have a much greater understanding of the overall program and much of what has been conveyed to you on the forum will most likely make better sense.

Good luck.
 

sheriff3

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To my understanding AFROTC cadets do indeed go to "super fancy schools" if selected they will go to SFT (summer field training). OP you asked about BMT which is for those going enlisted. My DD said BMT was an absolute joke in regards to physical training. Thus the reason for my comment. I'm willing to bet SFT will be a much different story.
 

Jcleppe

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Yeah, an incoming freshman. Not yet contracted, still in consideration. But my friends are all set.
So you're starting your first year of college this Fall?

What do you mean "Not yet contracted, still under consideration"? Did you apply for the AFROTC Scholarship, because if you didn't there would be nothing that would still be under consideration. "Contracting" for AFROTC is different then AROTC, it won't happen for an AF Cadet until they are selected and pass SFT, or they are offered a scholarship, and even with a scholarship you would still need to be selected for and pass SFT. This doesn't happen until the end of your sophomore year.

When you say "Your friends are all set" are you saying you have a group of friends that are all joining the same ROTC at the same college, and what do you mean "They are all set"

Just asking because your statement above doesn't really follow how the process works.
 

7OFSPADES

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Yeah, an incoming freshman. Not yet contracted, still in consideration. But my friends are all set.
So you're starting your first year of college this Fall?

What do you mean "Not yet contracted, still under consideration"? Did you apply for the AFROTC Scholarship, because if you didn't there would be nothing that would still be under consideration. "Contracting" for AFROTC is different then AROTC, it won't happen for an AF Cadet until they are selected and pass SFT, or they are offered a scholarship, and even with a scholarship you would still need to be selected for and pass SFT. This doesn't happen until the end of your sophomore year.

When you say "Your friends are all set" are you saying you have a group of friends that are all joining the same ROTC at the same college, and what do you mean "They are all set"

Just asking because your statement above doesn't really follow how the process works.
I'm saying that I still haven't decided whether or not I want to join.
 

Pima

10-Year Member
If you are scholarship you do have the freebie 1st year. In other words just because you contract in September after you pass your PFT you can leave anytime during the year and not have to payback a dime. It is only after you start your sophomore year that you owe money back. Thus, this is why your friends are pretty set, they know it is a no harm no foul situation, only a plus that their tuition is paid.

If you are not scholarship than as stated before you will not contract. You get no tuition paid, no book allowance and no stipend. For some dets it will also mean you do not get the uniforms, such as PT and blues/ABUs as a freshmen.

I would think by now or very soon you will need to decide. Orientation is when you meet with your academic advisors and set up your fall schedule. In that case you would need to block off that time for LLAB. If you are doing xtown than you need to really think about their PT schedule too. Have you gone to orientation yet? If so and didn't place in AFROTC than you might need to re-work your a.m. classes if you want to add AFROTC for fall semester.
~ Some dets do PT at 6 to 7, some do it 6:30-7:30. Now if you are going to have to travel back to your school than it is unlikely you can make it to that 8 a.m. or maybe even the 9 a.m. since you want to get back to your dorm, shower and change.
~~ In NoVA, a 30 mile drive between 6-8 in the a.m. equals 60 min drive. Same starting at 3 p.m until 6.

You should contact your det. some dets require AFROTC cadets(scholarship and non-scholarship) to be there a few days prior to the start of school for training. DS's school required 3 days before move in date (school permitted ROTC students to move in early). See above regarding orientation.

OBTW I know my post is long, but hopefully you will understand that like Jcleppe illustrated in his post there are some unique aspects when it comes to AFROTC and contracting.
 
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