No. If you got a 4-year scholarship from high school, then the first year of college is paid for and you can quit at the end of your freshman year with no obligation. If you got a 3-year scholarship from high school or college then you are not committed to the Air Force until you accept your scholarship (usually in the fall of your sophomore year). If you didn’t get any scholarship, then you are not committed to joining the Air Force until you start your junior year of college.
With Air Force ROTC, we provide you with lots of opportunities to see what the Air Force is about before signing up. And while you’re waiting, you are getting college out of the way and having a lot of fun.
No. Any student with at least three years remaining in their degree program can join Air Force ROTC. So, if you’re a second-semester freshman, or a sophomore remaining in your undergraduate studies, you can join.
No. If awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship, you are eligible for a waiver of non-resident tuition known as the Military TENT waiver. It is the cadet's responsibility to submit the completed waiver form to the Texas Tech Student Business Service each semester. This is not an automatic benefit, but must be applied for. In addition to scholarship cadets, ALL POC Cadets are eligible for this waiver of out of Out-of-State tuition.
Yes, you can. Many of our students do not start with a scholarship, but every cadet has the possiblity to earn a scholarship. The number of scholarship available, is determined by AFROTC HQ and varies between academic years..
No. When you begin the program you will be asked to project the academic year you will graduate on an Academic Plan (Form 48) based upon the Texas Tech University degree you choose. Understanding that sometimes it is difficult to decide on a degree that is right for you, you can change your degree prior to activating a scholarship or selection to field training. If you are awarded a scholarship or selected to attend field training, you will be expected to finish out the academic path for that degree.
The Air Force trains officers to perform their specific jobs, so most Air Force specialties do not require specific degrees. However, for some specialties (i.e. engineer or scientist) a close match is desirable or even required. While your degree can be restricted depending on your desired career field, it is more important to choose a major that interests you, especially since it could be related to your future assignment. If you are not sure what Air Force specialty is for you, don't worry. You have plenty of time to decide. Cadets identify specialty and base preferences as a junior (or as a senior for 5-year cadets). Final classifications depends on the needs of the USAF, educational background, personal preference, and commander recommendation.
Some degrees (i.e. engineering) typically take longer to complete due to heavy course requirements. If you major in a degree listed below, the Air Force will allow you to stretch classes across 5 years. We recommend that you do so! It is not fun to take 20 credit hours a semester - along with summer classes - just to finish in 4 years. Also, 5th-year cadets who successfully graduate from the Corps of Cadets can choose to live off campus and only have to wear uniforms to AFROTC activities.
* The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a department within the College of Engineering, only offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), but undergraduates can follow an Environmental and Water Resources track of study.
** Degrees must be AFIT approved B.S. degrees. To qualify for additional terms, cadets in these majors must have also completed the following courses: Calculus I & II (or a math minor), Statistics I, and Operations Research / Management Science. The Calculus and Statistics courses must come from the Math and Statistics departments.
None at all. In fact, we encourage you to take a curriculum you are interested in and in which you have the capability to do well. Our main academic concern is that you maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) above 2.5 and attain your degree in the time period planned. The GPA requirements are different if you are applying for a scholarship and once you are on scholarship.
Although the selection process leading to a pilot slot is extremely competitive, Det 820 cadets do very well. We have beaten the national average year after year for rated slots (pilots, Combat Systems Officer/Navigators and Air Battle Managers) selection rates. We continually run above 90% selected.
There is no service commitment for students who take our classes with no intention of becoming an Air Force officer. For these types of students, it’s only another class. If you are interested in becoming an officer, there is NO service commitment during the first two years of the Air Force ROTC program (the General Military Course) unless you have an Air Force ROTC scholarship. If you decide to stay and join the POC (the last two years of the program), you’ll sign an allocation contract with the Air Force and are then under a service obligation. For Air Force ROTC scholarship students, you’re obligated once you’ve activated the scholarship and have entered your sophomore year.
Yes, for the following reasons: it gives you more time to participate in Air Force ROTC without obligation, to gain experience and to decide whether you want to continue the program. Also, because AFROTC is a competitive process, we will be able to better rank you among your peers.
Yes. Being an Air Force officer means more than just working at an eight-to-five job and ROTC is specifically designed to foster the “whole-person” concept. Such activities as Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings and the Sabre Drill Team offer extra leadership opportunities. You will also become involved with community projects and understand the traditions of the military environment. In addition, there are numerous athletic events and sports nights. These extra activities are optional; you may participate as your time and schedule allows.
Your first and most immediate concern is attending school and maintaining good grades. After you have met this responsibility, you may want to participate in various activities sponsored both by the University and Air Force ROTC. We certainly like to see our cadets participate in more than just the required class and lab periods. The more you put into the program, the more you will get out of it.
Yes. Generally, extracurricular campus activities and AFROTC are perfectly compatible as long as you do not overload yourself. Serious physical injuries suffered while participating in intercollegiate or intramural athletic activities could result in your being disenrolled from AFROTC because of a change in your medical status.
Field Training (FT) is a four-week summer encampment which you must attend during the summer between your sophomore and junior years. It is conducted at Maxwell Air Force base in Alabama. It is an intensive training period where you receive additional leadership training, attend numerous career orientations, and learn firsthand what life on an Air Force base is really like. We pay all your transportation costs and provide you with all necessary uniform items. In addition, you will be paid a salary while you are there. You are only required to complete FT once while in the AFROTC program.
No, there are no restrictions imposed on where AFROTC cadets will reside.