Discussion in 'ROTC' started by NROTCHOPEFULDAD, Feb 22, 2012.
What does SFT stand for? looked in acry. list and could not find it. Feel stupid just asking.
Summer Field Training.
This is for AFROTC. You will also see people talk about EA. Enrollment Allocation, this refers back to SFT.
SFT is held during their rising jr yr summer at Maxwell AFB. They must compete for the slot, currently it is about 55% selection rate.
If not selected they may be dis-enrolled or become a 500 and vie for a slot next yr.
This is the equivalent to LDAC for AROTC or summer cruises for NROTC.
It is the make or break point regarding their future in AFROTC. After completion, they will than sign commitment papers. These papers are where it is clearly stated if you do not commission they may require you to serve as an enlisted member for X amount of yrs.
Are there any preferences by major, I guess I am asking HOW they decide who gets to go and who stays? I would assume that all AFA cadets go and the rest of the slots are competitive.
I wanted to expand a bit on Pima's reply. There is another aspect of SFT that is similar to NROTC besides the summer cruises for scholarship cadets. As you know, if your DS doesnt't get an NROTC scholarship, he can still participate in NROTC as a College Programmer. As a College programmer, if he doesn't get a side load (in school) scholarship he must achieve Advanced Standing by rising junior year or he is disenrolled from the program. The same board that would evaluate him for a scholarship in his rising junior year will determine if he should be awarded Advanced Standing if they elect not to award a scholarship.
I doubt your DS would ever face this eventuality but it's one of those fine print things I wanted you to be aware of.
Good luck on the scholarship application. It's a long ride from where you are at.
AFA cadets do not go to SFT. SFT is for AFROTC cadets only.
The system is pretty simple regarding selection. It is like the WCS system that is in place for appointments and scholarships.
The scoring system is made up of PFT, CC rec., cgpa and SAT/AFOQT. Each of these components are awarded a certain percentage creating a score.
The only bump that a cadet can get in their score comes from the cgpa depending on the major. For example they expect that an EE major's course rigor will be harder than a business major. Tech degrees get additional points added whereas, non-tech do not.
From there they draw a line. Anyone above goes, below and they don't. The line drawn is based on how many slots they have available at Maxwell for the summer.
Just like scholarship selection, it is national, they do not subdivide into X from public colleges, and Y from private. Nor do they say we need X from the west coast, Y from the east, Z from the mid-west.
This is why it is extremely important to investigate the college's det., and ask what is the % of cadets that attend SFT from their det. Follow it up with what is the avg cgpa for those selected, and place into the equation if you are a tech or non-tech major, because honestly, if they say 3.0, but didn't say tech, it will hurt you as a non-tech major.
One thing to realize is that how you rank out of SFT will impact you the following yr when it comes to AFSC (career). They will rank you, such as, DG, top 1%, 5%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 50% or below.
The AFSC board replicates the SFT board, but percentages change, yet it is still the same process. They know how many for each field, and draw the line again.
Hope that informs you of the future boards that every AFROTC cadet will face while in college.
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