July 8, 2020

Air Force ROTC

Designed to institute a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and a Junior ROTC and expand the military in further areas during a time of peace, the National Defense Act passed in 1916 and supplied these programs with formal recognition. Thirty years later, Army Chief of Staff Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the contract for the establishment of seventy-eight additional ROTC units, specifically geared toward military air service. This led to the Air University acquiring authority over the Air Force ROTC in 1952 and numerous experiments aimed to insert women into the program and have them assume influential roles.

The experiments succeeded. In 1989, Cadet Laree K. Mikel was the first woman to serve as National Commander at Arnold Air Society. Other than achieving this significant landmark, the Air Force ROTC has spent the last fifty years and more implementing new programs into its units, including Flight Instruction, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Undergraduate Pilot Training Helicopter, Private Pilots License Screening, Nursing Scholarship, and other college programs. Offering more and more options to ensure their students, and future air force men and women, learn useful skills in a fun and challenging environment.

To enter, the General Military Course (GMC), students will need to meet several qualifications. They must be at least age 14, enlisted as a freshman or sophomore at a certified college, in excellent physical condition, morally responsible, and able to attend the Aerospace Studies class and Leadership Lab each semester.

If students undergo the GMC and commit to serving in the Air Force four years after graduation, then they should apply to the Professional Officer Course. This program requires students to be a United States citizen, of legal age (or 17 with guardian consent), in reputable academic standing, in classes for two additional academic years, physically qualified, able to attend Aerospace Studies classes and Leadership Laboratory, and a few further requirements.

The Physical Fitness Test includes push-ups, crunches, and a one and a half mile run. If individuals cannot perform these activities at the level expected of their age and gender, then they would do well to set up a daily routine pushing themselves toward these levels. Regularly exercising will also ensure they remain within the weight level required at their height, which should also fall within military requirements.

Students who pass the physical requirements as well as the medical exam will then take the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, very much like the SAT or ACT. Studying materials for this five hour Air Force ROTC test can be found at the local bookstore. The instructors also recommend studying SAT preparation guides for the verbal and math sections. To adequately judge the intellectual standing and skills of students, the Air Force ROTC includes many subtests to the exam, including instrument comprehension, table reading, aviation information, rotated blocks, and self-description inventory.

Once admitted, the students can choose from an array of career opportunities, in flight, technical, nontechnical, nursing and specialty areas. For example, they can train as a pilot, combat systems officer, civil engineer, scientist, acquisition manager, cost analysis officer, intelligence officer, special investigation officer, chaplain, nurse-midwife or critical care nurse. Many careers in the Air Force can provide officers experience for reentering American society, helping them advance in the career hierarchy. Of course, officers will receive the same advancement opportunities and possibly more satisfaction if they choose to stay and move up in the Air Force.

Take a chance. Apply to the United States Air Force ROTC and experience true camaraderie with fellow high aiming and driven individuals set on serving their country and living the adventure.

To get more info about the Air Force ROTC:  http://www.afrotc.com/

For more information, visit http://airforce.virginia.edu/

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