Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Fcplzhang781, Sep 26, 2016.
Hey guys, so for the service commitment after ROTC, is it active duty or can it be reserve as well?
Option one: 4 years active duty + 4 years IRR (individual ready reserve); Option two: 8 years Reserve/National Guard
Note: The IRR is basically out of the military - if there is a major war, you could be called up or asked to return to active duty, otherwise you're basically done.
Does that apply to the extended service commitment for pilots as well?
The service commitment varies by ROTC program. Which program are you asking about?
AFROTC or NROTC
AFROTC and NROTC only commission to active duty with very few exceptions. Army ROTC is the only one that commissions to both AD and Reserves/Guard.
Just be advised that IRR call ups were very common from about 2005 to 2009 during the Iraq and Afghanistan war. All of my classmates and Army friends who ETSed at initial commitment were recalled mainly to round out units going to war and they all had already served at least one or two deployments down range. By 2006 most of my peers were smart enough to transition to the Guard/Reserve to fill the rest of their commitment in units where they were either non-deployable or at least could predict when they would go and who they would go with.
So what is the service commitment for NROTC pilots?
Standard active duty service commitment for Navy option NROTC graduates is 5 years. For aviation it's longer longer. Pilots owe 8 years after wings, while NFOs owe 6 years after wings. As a general rule of thumb, just assume it'll take about 2 years to wing from date of commissioning. Therefore, a pilot will typically owe a total of about 10 years, give or take.
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