Common myths and concerns related to joining ROTC:
1)Air Force ROTC will pay for my education – FALSE – Air Force ROTC sets aside a large portion of its budget for scholarships and each year ROTC competes eligible cadets for those scholarships. Contact us to learn if you may qualify or visit our scholarships tab to see what scholarships are available.
2) ROTC Cadets can be required to deploy – FALSE– NO cadets will be required to deploy before completing the program. However, after graduation and commissioning into the Air Force or Space Force that is a possibility.
3) All cadets sign a contract that locks them into serving in the Air Force (or Space Force) on the first day of training – FALSE – the majority of cadets are NOT required to sign a contract until returning from Field Training. This takes place between their Sophomore and Junior year. Their are exceptions to this for scholarship recipients. Contact us to see how this applies to you.
4) I will have to cut my hair and start shaving on a daily basis to participate in ROTC – TRUE – There are Air Force Regulations (DAFI 36-2903) that govern both men and women's hair lengths and styles. Additionally, men are required to be clean shaven. However, their are shaving waivers for medical or religious reasons. Overall, the regulation's intent is for military members to present a professional appearance. Each service answers this question differently so reach out if you have questions or to figure out if what you heard is true.
5) I will have to wear a uniform – TRUE – You will required to wear a uniform once you join the program. However, before you are issued a military uniform, cadets must successfully complete a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and be medically qualified.