Questions to Ask AFROTC/Space Force ROTC Recruiting Coordinator?

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Hello!

I have a call scheduled with a detachment's recruiting/education officer for their Air Force/Space Force program. I'm new to this process and will be applying for a scholarship next month. Do you have any tips or advice on questions to ask? I'm looking for specific and insightful questions rather than general ones, as I want to make a good impression. I plan on applying restrictive early action to this school.

Thanks!
 
I should add, ask what YOU want to know. If you want to ask meaningful questions be sure to read everything online about AFROTC first, including a/your unit's online website if they have one. Do your homework.
 
Hello!

I have a call scheduled with a detachment's recruiting/education officer for their Air Force/Space Force program. I'm new to this process and will be applying for a scholarship next month. Do you have any tips or advice on questions to ask? I'm looking for specific and insightful questions rather than general ones, as I want to make a good impression. I plan on applying restrictive early action to this school.

Thanks!
I would be interested in the size of the program, training opportunities in the Summer, leadership roles available, any unique qualities of the ROTC program at the school. Any suggestions they might have on how to prepare. If there are significant differences in ROTC programs depending on which school you are attending.
 
Are you looking for specific questions that you can ask that will help you get a scholarship? They way you are wording your post it seems that way. If you are, then there is no such questions to ask.

Ask questions about something you are interested to learn more. You have a opportunity to speak with a person who is currently active duty. Ask specific questions about something you want to know more about......one caveat. Don't ask a question that is clearly available on a website. For example. Don't ask "What kind of jobs might I be doing in the Air Force / Space Force?". Maybe ask "What is your specialty? Why did you choose that? Did you do AFROTC? What was that like? What are some specific opportunties at this unit for me in X?
 
@kinnem made a huge point above: these ROTC scholarships are not always for four years, and there is a chance that you may end up not earning one right away or losing one at some point in the future. (It's not a capricious system, but you're competing against some outstanding people so you might not get one initially and if your performance slips you might not keep it.) The point is, can you stay at your school without the ROTC money for a year or two if things don't go exactly the way you want them to?

College is an eye-watering amount of money these days, even for families that saved up for it over the years. So read up on three and two year options, how majors play into scholarship priorities, what it takes to keep the scholarship once you get it, and so on. Then talk to your parents about these things so that when you sit in front of an interviewer you can bring up the issues that you and your parents are unsure of or are concerned about.
 
One of the aspects of the AFROTC HSSP that neither my son nor I liked was the requirement to be selected for continuation in the program after being selected for summer training after sophomore year.

I thought that I had read somewhere that USAF/USSF was contemplating a move towards a model where they were going to decrease their 4-year HSSP and shift more towards awarding 2-year scholarships only after selection and completion of cadet training during the summer between sophomore and junior years in college.
 
On campus versus crosstown was a major deciding factor for my son. Even though we now live in a suburb that abuts the city where he lived for the first 12 years of his life, he’s a city kid at heart who doesn’t drive.

He’ll be crosstown at his NROTC unit but it’s only 2 subway stops away - an easy bike ride, a short PT run or even a walk on a nice day.

Unfortunately, transportation for crosstown MIDN/Cadets often varies from unit to unit.
 
One of the aspects of the AFROTC HSSP that neither my son nor I liked was the requirement to be selected for continuation in the program after being selected for summer training after sophomore year.

I thought that I had read somewhere that USAF/USSF was contemplating a move towards a model where they were going to decrease their 4-year HSSP and shift more towards awarding 2-year scholarships only after selection and completion of cadet training during the summer between sophomore and junior years in college.
The word is the AFROTC HSSP is still going thru changes and wants more walk ins to the Detachment to see if it is a fit for both parties. Both my kids are on their way, but expect more changes going forward from what the ROTC people told me last month.
 
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