The Air Force ROTC is not for everyone. It takes a dedicated student with good grades and a strong will. You not only have to survive in this capacity, but you also must thrive in it. It might be tough, but it is worth every second. Use this section to explore the various requirements and standards that will help you succeed in the Air Force ROTC.
The General Military Course is offered to freshman and sophomore students who meet the following minimum membership requirements:
- Enrolled full-time (12 semester hours) in an accredited college that hosts or has a crosstown agreement with an Air Force ROTC detachment
- United States citizen (if on scholarship)
- In good physical condition
- Meet Air Force height and weight standards
- Of good moral character
- Be of legal age as required by the state attending Air Force ROTC
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 (3.0 to be eligible for scholarship)
- Meet the age requirements:
- Rated (pilot or combat systems officer)—commissioned before reaching the age of 29
- Non-rated—commissioned by age 30 (waiverable up to age 35)
The Professional Officer Course is offered to juniors and seniors who have already committed to a four-year post-graduation service commitment with the Air Force.
- Meet all GMC membership requirements
- Pass the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
- PFT is an exam composed of three events in the following order: push-ups, crunches, and a 1.5-mile run. The test is used to ensure cadets maintain an acceptable level of fitness.
- Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
- OQT is a standardized test similar to the SAT and ACT that measures aptitudes and is used to select applicants for officer commissioning programs or specific training programs. This is a required test for all cadets and students on scholarship or in the POC.
- Complete a summer Field Training course
NOTE: If you are single with a dependent or married to a military member with a dependent you are eligible to enter the POC with a dependent care plan. A dependent is defined as anyone incapable of self-care, e.g., child, parent, etc.