Air Force ROTC FAQ | Troy University


Frequently Asked Questions 

Am I committed to serve in the Air Force once I join?

The only time anyone in the program incurs a commitment to the Air Force or Space Force is if they have signed a contract with the Air Force or Space Force.  Contracts are only signed to accept an AFROTC scholarship or for a student to join the POC following Field Training.  All other students can walk away from the program at any time without incurring a financial or military obligation.

How do I apply for AFROTC at Troy University?

Application into AFROTC at Troy University begins with enrollment into your first classes, AS1112/ASL112.  All freshmen will enroll in these classes, but sophomore and transfer students will need to speak with the Recruiting Officer to lay out the remainder of your academic plan to graduation and commissioning.  Contact the detachment to make an appointment – 334-670-3866.

Can I still enroll in AFROTC if I didn't join my freshman year?

The program requires a minimum of six semesters to get a student to commissioning.  You will have to sit down with the Recruiting Officer to see how many credit hours you have left in your undergraduate degree.  As long as you have six semesters worth of credit hours left in your degree program, you can join the program as an AS250 student and take your AS100 and AS200 classes at the same time.

I am transferring to Troy University.  Can I still join AFROTC?

The same rules apply to transfer students as does rules for Troy students not previously enrolled in AFROTC. We need a minimum of six semesters to get students all the way through the AFROTC curriculum.  For specific questions, contact the Recruiting Flight Commander – 334-670-3866.

What are the qualifications to participate in AFROTC?

To qualify for the General Military Course (your first two years in AFROTC), you must:

  • Be a full-time student at Troy University (12 semester credit hours, minimum)
  • Be a United States citizen (to contract with the Air Force)
  • Meet Air Force ROTC height/weight standards
  • Have good moral character
  • Be at least 14 years old (17 to contract with the Air Force) but not older than 30 years old by the time you commission (waivers are possible up to 34 year old)

Are there any requirements/standards that I need to meet as a cadet in AFROTC?

You must maintain these standards while in Air Force ROTC:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Be in good academic standing with the college and Air Force ROTC
  • Make satisfactory progress toward degree requirements to graduate when contracted and in the major you selected to enter the POC (changes must be approved)
  • Attend Aerospace Studies classes and Leadership Lab.
  • Wear your uniform to Leadership Laboratory and to AFROTC classes as directed by your leadership
  • Meet the same dress and appearance standards as active duty personnel, including haircuts
  • Remain physically qualified, and maintain required physical fitness and weight standards
  • Comply with the Air Force drug abuse policy
  • Enlist in the Obligated Reserve Section of the Air Force Reserve

After graduating from college and completing all Air Force ROTC requirements, you'll be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Non-rated officers serve 4 years on active duty, flying rated officers serve 6-10 years after training. 

What is Leadership Lab (LLAB)?

Leadership Lab is a cadet-run program taken each semester of cadet participation in AFROTC.  POC, or upper class, cadets plan, manage, and execute LLAB activities each week.  LLAB is a two-hour course that you will register for each semester with Troy University.  It is a pass/fail course with the university and requires successful completion in order to move forward in the AFROTC program.  In short, LLAB is the hands-on version of what you learn about in your Air Force class.

Can I still participate in AFROTC if I did not receive a scholarship?

Yes, absolutely!  Most students who enter the program do so without a scholarship.  We will work hard to qualify you for potential in-college scholarships, if you so desire.

When do I know what job I will be doing for the Air Force as an officer?

You will compete in a selection process that rank orders you amongst all the cadets seeking Air Force jobs in your graduation year.  The factors to be used will include your AFOQT scores, your field training performance rating, your GPA, your academic major, your Physical Fitness Assessment score and the Detachment Commander's rating. You will also be asked to rank order your desired career fields in the Air Force, and YES, they do look at your preferences. You will know your specific Air Force job category approximately one year before you are commissioned.

What career fields are available for officers?

The Air Force is in the business of flying, but not everyone in the Air Force flies planes. Besides pilots and navigators, there are cyberwarfare officers, missile launch officers, airfield management, pre-health, nursing, and other technical and non-technical career fields. Nearly every career area found in the civilian economy is also found in the Air Force.  To get a better idea of how many jobs are available to you, see the main Air Force website at

How do I get my uniforms?

Uniforms are free of charge and will be issued to students as certain milestones are completed during the school year. Cadets are responsible to keep their uniform clean and presentable.

When will I wear my uniform?

You're required to wear your uniform any day that you have Leadership Lab, as well as during your weekly ROTC class period as directed by your leadership. There are also certain military events (Dining-Out, Dining-In, Base visits, etc.) that require uniform wear.








(Current as of March 2024)  

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