FAQ

What is ROTC?

ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. It is one of three accession programs to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force. Annually, AFROTC produces more second lieutenants than any other officer program.

How do I join ROTC?

Joining ROTC is as simple as signing up for our classes — just as you would any other academic class. Once you have done that, you will need to attend our orientation and pass a physical fitness assessment (PFA).

What are the benefits of joining ROTC?

ROTC allows you to get the required military training to become a commissioned officer in the Air Force while still living the life of a normal college student.

Is joining ROTC the same thing as joining the Air Force?

No. In fact, some students take ROTC courses as elective credits for their degrees. However, once you complete field training and begin your third year, you will incur an active duty service commitment in the Air Force.

What is the difference between joining the Air Force through ROTC and enlisting?

By joining Air Force ROTC and successfully completing the program, you obtain an undergraduate degree and a commission in the U.S. Air Force as an officer. Military officers represent the upper command structure of the military, whereas enlisted people represent the more numerous workforce. Although an enlisted career can be very rewarding, officers are given more responsibility early on in their careers. Enlisted men and women are not required to complete college degrees.

Does ROTC offer scholarships?

Yes, both high school scholarships and in-college scholarships are available depending on your degree program and year in school. Please contact us for more information or go to the AFROTC scholarship page.

Do I have to join ROTC as a freshman?

No. AFROTC requires all students to enroll in the program for a minimum of 3 years. Thus, many students are able to begin their ROTC experience as a sophomore. However if you elect to take this route, you must take both freshman and sophomore aerospace studies classes during your sophomore year.

What if I join ROTC and then realize that I do not like it?

Another great aspect of ROTC is that if you join and decide it isn't for you, you have the choice of dropping at any point during your first two years (permitting you aren't a contracted cadet) without acquiring a service commitment. Should you disenroll from the program, AFROTC classes will count as elective credits toward your degree with no service obligation to the Air Force.

Are there any academic requirements to join ROTC?

To join and remain eligible for ROTC you must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be a full-time student. A common ROTC motto is “You are a student FIRST, a cadet SECOND.”

Are there any physical requirements to join ROTC?

In order to remain enrolled in ROTC you must pass the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) each semester, which consists the following components: 1 minute of push-ups, 1 minute of sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Also each student must attend physical training sessions two to three times per week that normally start at 0600.

Can anyone join UNLV ROTC?

Anyone who is enrolled as a full-time student (taking at least 12 credit hours) at UNLV, College of Southern Nevada, or Nevada State College and is working towards becoming a U.S. citizen (must be a U.S. citizen by the end of sophomore year) can join ROTC.

Do I need to have a specific major to join?

Although the Air Force is actively seeking technical, nursing, and language majors, all degree programs are allowed to join AFROTC.

Is ROTC time-consuming?

The time commitment for ROTC is minimal. As an underclassmen, you will spend an average of only six hours a week with ROTC.

What are my commitments with the military after I graduate?

After you graduate, you are required to serve a minimum of four years on active duty. However, certain careers that require rigorous training, such as pilot, navigator, or air battle manager, in the Air Force may require more time in service.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes. Whatever days you attend an ROTC class and have physical training, you will be required to wear a particular uniform based on the activity. However, during the days when you are not participating in ROTC, you will wear normal civilian attire like any other college student.

Does everyone who joins ROTC get accepted to become an officer?

The competitive nature of ROTC and the Air Force does not allow every cadet that joins be accepted to field training. If you are unable to attend field training, you are unable to continue in the program and therefore unable to be commissioned through ROTC. However, this decision will not be rendered until late into the second semester of your sophomore year.

How competitive is the officer-selection process?

It is extremely competitive! During the 2011 field training selection process, 54 percent of cadets who applied got accepted. However, the percentage of selected cadets varies from year to year based on the needs of the Air Force. The selection rate has been as high as 90 percent before.

Can I become a pilot through ROTC?

Yes. You are eligible for any officer career field in the Air Force as long as you are medically qualified (height, weight, vision).

What is the difference between ROTC and the Air Force Academy?

If you are a cadet in ROTC, you are able to have the life of a typical college student (provided that it is legal and not against any Air Force regulations). Conversely, if you are a cadet at the Air Force Academy, you are more limited on the freedoms that you are allowed to exercise and the training environment is much more constant and strict all four years of college.

Do I have to participate in JROTC in high school in order to join?

No. In fact, most AFROTC cadets nationwide did not participate in JROTC while they were in high school.

What is a typical day as a cadet like?

A typical day is like that of any other college student. The only way your day is different is if there is an Air Force activity that day, such as physical training, leadership laboratory, or an aerospace studies class.

What types of exercises are done at physical training?

The exercises vary each day and each semester depending on what cadet is in charge of physical training. The activities we primarily focus on are the ones required for pushups, situps, and a 1.5-mile run, as these are the three aspects of the PFA required to be taken each semester.

How can I get a pilot slot?

Pilot slots are very competitive; therefore, you will need to perform well throughout your whole AFROTC career. GPA, standardized test scores, commander’s ranking, field training performance, and physical fitness are the aspects that go into pilot selection. Essentially, to get a pilot slot, you want to be as successful as possible in all of the categories that go into the selection process.

What kind of job can I get as an officer?

The Air Force has a wide variety of jobs in a multitude of fields. For more information about specific career paths, please visit the Air Force career page.

What are the long-term benefits of joining ROTC?

ROTC will teach you invaluable leadership and managerial skills as well as essential life lessons. You will also make lifetime friendships and accomplish challenges you never would have imagined undertaking.

Do I have to cut my hair?

Your hair will have to stay within the guidelines set forth by Air Force regulations. If your hair is longer than mandated by those guidelines, then you will have to cut your hair to remain in the program.