What is Air Force ROTC?
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is an
educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity
to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees.
The Air Force ROTC program is designed to prepare you to assume positions
of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force. Air Force
ROTC offers three routes to an Air Force commission at over 600 institutions
throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
What are the qualifications?
To be eligible to join AFROTC, the following is required:
-Be a U.S. Citizen (Non-U.S. Citizens may participate under certain conditions.)
-Be age 14 or older.
-Be a student enrolled at an accredited college that hosts an AFROTC unit or a college or junior college having a cross-town agreement with the the host institution/AFROTC unit.
-Participate in both Air Force ROTC courses and Leadership Laboratory.
-Be of good moral character.
How do I enroll?
To enroll in Air Force ROTC at the University of Alabama,
you simply register for AFROTC classes as you would register
for any other course.
Freshmen register for AFS 110 and AFS 101
Sophomores register for AFS 230 and AFS 201
Freshmen register for AFS 120 and AFS 102
Sophomores register for AFS 240 and AFS 202
All others, including graduate students, should contact us at 205-348-5900 to see if you are eligible.
In addition to class, you will be required to attend physical training three times per week.
What is the Physical Fitness Test?
The PFT is taken every fall and spring term while a cadet is enrolled
in Air Force ROTC. Cadets in the GMC not on scholarship must attempt
the test but do not have to pass. Scholarship cadets and cadets in the
POC, however, must pass the test each fall and spring term.
The PFT is composed of an abdominal circumference measurement and three
events in the following order:
All events must be completed. There is a five minute rest period between each event.
You must meet the overall score of at least 75 points to pass the PFT.
What is the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test?
The AFOQT measures aptitudes used to select candidates for officer commissioning programs
and specific commissioned officer training programs. The test consists of 12 subtests.
Subtest scores are combined to generate one or more of five composite scores used to help
predict success in certain types of Air Force training programs.
Four-year college scholarship recipients must pass the AFOQT by the end of their freshman year.
All others must pass the AFOQT prior to nomination for an AFROTC scholarship or nomination for a
field training allocation.
For a more detailed description and sample questions, please review the AFOQT Pamphlet
How do I become a pilot or navigator?
Competition for rated slots is based on merit and is
very competitive. The Air Force seeks the highest qualified applicants for
Pilot, Navigator, and Air Battle Manager career fields. A selection board
at AFROTC Headquarters, not at local detachments, determines rated positions.
Selection for a rated position is based on a cadet's Order of Merit, which is
determined by the following criteria:
1 Cumulative GPA
2 Physical Fitness Test (PFT) results: based on a 100 point scale and
consisting of abdominal circumference measurement, push-ups, crunches,
and a 1.5 mile run.
3 Pilot Candidate Scoring Method (PCSM) results; comprised of:
Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) Pilot score: a standardized,
multiple-choice test similar to the SAT in format. AFOQTs are administered several
times during the school year. Cadets may take the AFOQT twice (6 months apart) with the
most recent score being used towards the PCSM score.
Basic Attributes Test (BAT) score: Consists of subtests that measure psychomotor
skills, cognitive aptitude, and personality traits.
Total flying hours: While flying hours contribute to the overall PCSM score, they
constitute only a small percentage of the total.
Field Training (FT) Results: Cadets train and are selected for FT. This is a mandatory
program designed to develop leadership and discipline, and to determine potential
for entry into the Professional Officer Course. FT typically occurs between the sophomore
and the junior year using a standard 4-week or extended 5-week program at one of several Air
Commander's Ranking: The Detachment Commander evaluates cadets based on the
"whole person" concept and ranks them in relation to their peers. Overall officership
potential is determined based on (but not limited to) a cadet's maturity,
judgment, and overall performance within cadet corps.
NOTE: Academic major is NOT a factor for rated selection, contrary to popular belief.
A cadet interested in a rated slot and majoring in Aeronautical Science or Aerospace Engineering,
for example, is not given higher consideration over a cadet majoring in Psychology.
I have more questions. Who can I contact?
If you have more questions please contact our Unit Admissions Officer
at 205-348-5900 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also find
more answers at the AFROTC FAQ Page
AFROTC DET 010
The University of Alabama
610 Capstone Dr., Box 870258
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0258