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January 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm

Career Corner | Air Force ROTC Offers Technical Career Paths

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Interested in an exciting and fulfilling career in engineering, physics, computer science, healthcare or any other STEM-related field right after college? Check out technical career paths in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC).

What is AFROTC?

  • An officer training program, where upon successful completion, cadets become 2nd Lieutenants in the US Air Force and become specialized in a variety of technical career See Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) for a list of various career opportunities.
  • A four-year program (can be shortened to three or extended to five  years based on degree requirements) that provides students with hands-on leadership training and experience while completing their undergraduate degrees.
  • A program focused on providing students with leadership opportunities, professional development, management experience, and benefits such as financial support and possible scholarship opportunities…all of which will help make you successful in your future careers.

What it takes.

  • Students with good academic standing.
  • Physically active: two hours per week of group-led Physical Training (PT).
  • One academic class per week.
  • 5 – 2 hours of Leadership Laboratory each week.
  • Driven students of high moral character who want to make a difference and serve our country.


  • Although the type of degree a student is enrolled in doesn’t matter to be a member of the program, technical degrees (like the ones you are enrolled) receive on average 75-80 percent of the available scholarships because they are in such high demand by the Air Force.
  • The normal criteria used for selection are SAT/ACT scores, Cumulative College GPA, Physical Fitness Assessment, and peer ranking in the program as determined by the Detachment Commander.
  • You must have completed at least 1 semester as a full time student in the program to be eligible.
  • Learn about AFROTC scholarships.

Get Started!

Interested in joining AFROTC? To be a full-time cadet, sign up for AST1020 and AST1020L, one credit hour courses that count as an elective towards your major of choice and a minor in Aerospace Studies.  For more information or to have your questions answered, please contact us directly by phone at 740.593.1343, e-mail at, or review the website.

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