Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I join Air Force ROTC, does that mean that I am joining the military?

Just joining Air Force ROTC does not mean you are joining the military; only after receiving a three-year scholarship or starting the second year of a four-year scholarship will obligate you to military service.

Q: If I apply for a scholarship, am I obligated to do ROTC if I should be accepted?

If your scholarship is accepted, you still retain the right to refuse it. For example, if you receive a scholarship from both Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC, you can refuse one scholarship while accepting another. This being said, there is a deadline for accepting an AFROTC scholarship.

Q: How does receiving my stipend work?

A: After receiving an AFROTC scholarship, stipend payments will be divided into two monthly payments. The cadet can choose to receive a check, or apply for a direct deposit into his or her respective banking account. Payments will come in during the school year, and will not carry over into breaks. In other words, if you are not at school, you are not getting a stipend.

Q: What is the commute from LU to UVA like? And how well do ROTC and normal school work together?

A: The commute from LU to UVA is not difficult, as the trip is made once a week. We are fortunate enough to have a high class charter bus for the commute that Liberty University has provided the cadets. The commute can be seen as beneficial as it gives cadets time to interact with one another in a relaxed environment. ROTC and normal school essentially work together hand in hand. The balance can be difficult to find at first, but gets easier once you fully adjust to it.

Q: How will joining Air Force ROTC on a scholarship affect my future after I finish college?

A: The good thing about joining Air Force ROTC on scholarship is that you can potentially finish college debt-free. On scholarship, the need for taking out student loans decreases significantly, as tuition is covered, books are paid for, and other school-related expenses are taken care of. Being on scholarship through Air Force ROTC is a great way to leave college without having to pay off educational expenses once you graduate.

Q: Who is eligible to participate in AFROTC?

A: Factors that determine AFROTC eligibility are that the student must be:

a. Enrolled in a university that has an Air Force ROTC detachment, or crosstown agreement b. United States citizen c. Good physical condition (meets weigh standards)- chart available on afrotc.com d. Attend Aerospace studies courses as well as Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) each semester e. Meets age requirements (Must graduate and commission by the age of 30) f. Good moral character

Q: What majors are available through an AFROTC scholarship and can each scholarship be applied to every university?

A: There are two types of majors that an AFROTC scholarship can cover: Technical and Non-Technical. Specific majors that fall under each category can be found at http://afrotc.com/scholarships/high-school/scholarship-types/. Since Detachment 890 is made up of five schools, it is important to make sure that the scholarship you are looking into and the majors offered at each school match up.

Q: How much time will Air Force ROTC require from me?

A: Initially, it will be 5 hrs per week: 2 hours of Physical Training, 2 hours of Leadership Laboratory, and a 1-credit class (for your first two years). However, there are optional events that will benefit you such as optional PT and drill practice, but these are not mandatory. As you progress through the program and your responsibility increases, your involvement will demand more time, but not to the point where it will interfere with your school work.

Q: How often are we required to wear our uniform?

A: We wear our uniforms once a week on Tuesdays until we are dismissed from Leadership Laboratory as well as twice a week to PT.

Q: If I did not receive a scholarship before joining the program, can I get one while enrolled?

A: Unlike high school scholarships, which involve an application, the Detachment Commander gives in-college scholarships as the Air Force sees fit. Most of these scholarships are given to students studying engineering, nursing, or a critical language.

Q: What do you do in Leadership Lab and are there any other mandatory classes?

A: Leadership Laboratory is a two-hour lab where the entire Corps participates in leadership development training. It is led by senior cadet leadership to benefit the underclassmen. Past events have included: guest speakers, drill practice, small unit tactics training, and visits to the gun range and ropes course. The only other mandatory class is the 1-credit class for underclassmen about Air Force history and the ROTC program, and the upperclassmen's 3-credit course on today's Air Force and leadership development. These are held every semester and are taught by a current Air Force officer.

For more information about being a cadet at Detachment 890, please email afrotc@virginia.edu.