Baylor University
Air Force ROTC
College of Arts and Sciences

Air Force ROTC FAQs

Commission

1. Can I continue my education beyond the baccalaureate level?
2. Can I pursue graduate education after I'm commissioned?
3. When do I actually receive my commission as an Air Force officer?
4. How long is my active duty commitment after graduation?

Curriculum

1. What is the course content of my Air Force ROTC classes?
2. What is Leadership Laboratory?

Enrollment

1. How do I enroll?

Extracurricular Activities sponsored by Baylor or Air Force ROTC

1. Does the Air Force ROTC program include any other extracurricular activities?
2. Am I expected to participate in any extracurricular activities?
3. Can I participate in intercollegiate athletics while a member of the Air Force ROTC program?

Miscellaneous

1. What are the qualifications of my Air Force ROTC instructors?
2. If I encounter academic or personal problems, where can I turn for help?
3. How do Air Force ROTC graduates compare with Air Force Academy and Officer Training School graduates?

Requirements

1. What are the requirements to be a pilot?
2. Do I have to become a pilot or navigator?

ROTC Life

1. How are new cadets treated?
2. What is the feeling of other students on campus about AFROTC cadets?
3. How much time do I have to spend with Air Force ROTC each week?
4. Do I have to cut my hair?
5. How much marching and drilling will I have to do?
6. When will I receive my Air Force ROTC uniform?
7. When do I wear my Air Force Uniform?
8. Will I travel to different Air Force bases while in Air Force ROTC?

Scholarships

1. How do I get an Air Force ROTC scholarship?
2. Can I attend Air Force ROTC without a scholarship?
3. Does the Air Force scholarship pay for room and board?
4. How am I reimbursed as a scholarship student for textbook expenses?
5. Is it possible for me to change my academic major if on scholarship?

Traditions

1. What is a Dining-Out?

Training

1. What is Field Training?
2. Are there any other summer training programs available?




Commission

1. Can I continue my education beyond the baccalaureate level?
Yes. The Air Force offers several opportunities to do so. In many cases you can request an educational delay. This delay between the time of commissioning and reporting for active duty will be of sufficient length to allow you to fulfill the requirements for a professional or master's degree. You will assume all financial obligations. There are also Air Force Institute of Technology programs where the Air Force pays for your graduate school education.

2. Can I pursue graduate education after I'm commissioned?
The Air Force is education-oriented and financially supports graduate studies. You can apply for the Air Force Institute of Technology to earn an advanced degree on full scholarship. Additionally, most bases have graduate college programs, and you may apply for the tuition assistance program that pays 100 percent of the tuition cost.

3. When do I actually receive my commission as an Air Force officer?
Cadets normally get commissioned the same day they graduate. At Det 810, we currently commission our graduating seniors in special ceremonies on the day of the university's commencement exercises. You can expect to enter active duty within 365 days after commissioning.

4. How long is my active duty commitment after graduation?
After being commissioned a second lieutenant, non flying officers will serve four years of active duty, while pilots serve ten years and navigators eight years after completing their training. However, if you are not on scholarship, you can "test drive" the program for the first two years and not incur an active duty commitment. For scholarship cadets, they incur a commitment based on the type of scholarship.

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Curriculum

1. What is the course content of my Air Force ROTC classes?
As a freshman, you will take Aerospace Studies (AS) 1101 and AS 1102. These courses are devoted to an examination of the Air Force mission, structure, and equipment. For sophomores, the AS 2101 and 2102 classes are mini history courses examining the growth and development of air power from the use of free flight balloons to the role of air power in the Global War on Terror. Each course is worth one semester hour. AS 3301 and 3302, taken during your junior year, is a leadership course which emphasizes critical leader skills. Rounding out your Air Force ROTC education is AS 4301 and 4302, a political science course that examines American defense policy and prepares cadets for active duty. During your final two years, each ROTC course is worth three semester hours. In addition, you will be prompted to register for Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) when you register for any of the above courses.

2. What is Leadership Laboratory?
LLAB is a cadet-organized lab taken each year with your AFROTC classes. You will spend two hours each week using the leadership skills and management theory acquired in class. You also have the opportunity to listen to military speakers, view films and take part in social functions.

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Enrollment

1. How do I enroll?
As a freshman, you simply register for the AS 1101 (fall) or AS 1102 (spring) course listed in your class schedule. Remember, there is no obligation your entire freshman year. Sophomores should register for AS 2101 (fall) or AS 2102 (spring). There is still no military commitment at this time unless on scholarship. Juniors, seniors, or transfer students should contact the detachment for scheduling information.

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Extracurricular Activities sponsored by Baylor or Air Force ROTC

1. Does the Air Force ROTC program include any other extracurricular activities?
Yes. Arnold Air Society, the Blue Knights Honor Guard, and Civil Air Patrol give cadets a chance to become involved with community and civic action projects and understand the tradition of the military environment while having fun. There are also numerous intramural athletic events where you can compete with others.

2. Am I expected to participate in any extracurricular activities?
Your FIRST and FOREMOST concern is attending classes and maintaining good grades. After this, you will certainly want to examine some of the various activities sponsored by both the university and Air Force ROTC. We feel there is something in our program of interest to everyone.

3. Can I participate in intercollegiate athletics while a member of the Air Force ROTC program?
Yes. And, commanders may excuse in-season intercollegiate athletes from physical training attendance provided they pass the physical fitness assessment each semester.

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Miscellaneous

1. What are the qualifications of my Air Force ROTC instructors?
Most AFROTC instructor possesses a master's degree and all have considerable world-wide Air Force operational experience. ROTC duty is a demanding job; therefore, each instructor has been handpicked by the Air Force. In addition, since the instructor is part of the academic faculty, the university has a voice in the selection.

2. If I encounter academic or personal problems, where can I turn for help?
First, try your Air Force ROTC instructor. While the instructor may not have a psychology degree, he or she does have experience in counseling and can direct you to the proper sources. Our instructors try to develop a strong rapport with each cadet, and this professional relationship helps to foster open communications. Each university also offers various resource offices for their students and many services are free as part of your student fees.

3. How do Air Force ROTC graduates compare with Air Force Academy and Officer Training School graduates?
There is no difference. All three programs produce qualified officers. The Air Force achieves better diversity and talent by getting officers from more than one commissioning source. On active duty, the most important factor in promotions is duty performance.

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Requirements

1. What are the requirements to be a pilot?
Three main factors are evaluated in selecting a pilot candidate: medical evaluation, test scores, and the number of pilot positions available. A physical exam is usually given for free during your freshman year to determine if you are medically qualified. You must also pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test taken during your freshman year.

2. Do I have to become a pilot or navigator?
No. The vast majority of Air Force jobs do not involve flying at all. In the civilian world there are thousands of jobs and careers doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, engineers, financial careers, food-service management the list is endless. For almost every civilian out in the work force, there is an Air Force officer counterpart performing a similar job.

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ROTC Life

1. How are new cadets treated?
It is the cadet's flight commander's responsibility to help new cadets fit into the program. We also have tutoring programs and other forms of assistance. Hazing is not permitted! The focus at the unit is on teaching as well as discipline. The unit staff is concerned about cadets' well being and progress and will treat you as adult officer candidates.

2. What is the feeling of other students on campus about AFROTC cadets?
AFROTC cadets are looked upon with respect as persons who have elected to serve in an honorable profession. Detachment 810 graduates have served honorably and with distinction. We are truly considered as part of the university community.

3. How much time do I have to spend with Air Force ROTC each week?
The only required time is during your Air Force ROTC classes and Leadership Lab. (This equates to approximately five hours per week for freshmen and sophomores; six hours per week for juniors and seniors.)

4. Do I have to cut my hair?
Hair must be kept in accordance with Air Force guidelines when in uniform.

5. How much marching and drilling will I have to do?
Not as much as you think. Marching/drill is sometimes practiced during your flight time at Leadership Laboratory. There are no mandatory drill sessions outside of LLAB.

6. When will I receive my Air Force ROTC uniform?
Within the first couple of class periods, we will issue you a complete uniform and arrange for alterations. There is a deposit that is refundable. You are responsible for keeping the uniform clean and presentable.

7. When do I wear my Air Force Uniform?
You will be required to wear your uniform all day when on Leadership Lab days (Wednesdays) and to your AS class period if not scheduled on the same day as Leadership Lab. There are also certain social events scheduled throughout the year, such as Dining-Out, where the wear of the uniform is required. Other than that, you can wear your uniform to classes and functions as long as you follow uniform standards.

8. Will I travel to different Air Force bases while in Air Force ROTC?
Yes. We realize the vast scope of the Air Force is difficult to visualize in the classroom. Therefore, we give you the opportunity to visit an Air Force base for a firsthand look at how it operates. You'll be accompanied by an experienced, active duty Air Force officer. Every semester we conduct a base visit, usually on military aircraft - we pick up the lodging and travel expenses.

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Scholarships

1. How do I get an Air Force ROTC scholarship?
There are a number of ways to get an Air Force ROTC scholarship depending on your student status in high school or college. To go to the best location for all Air Force ROTC scholarship information click on the www.afrotc.com link below.

Additionally,Baylor University offers an additional incentive scholarship of $3,000 per year to incoming Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) recipients. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain this incentive scholarship. For reference, the average HSSP recipient usually earns a $7,000 merit scholarship from Baylor University. This adds up to a total of $10,000 per year in scholarships and incentives from Baylor in addition to the Air Force ROTC scholarship. Please be sure to visit Baylor's Freshman Scholarship Calculator web site to determine the exact amount of your merit scholarship.
More Information: http://www.afrotc.com

2. Can I attend Air Force ROTC without a scholarship?
Indeed you can. The majority of cadets start without a scholarship. Some cadets gets scholarships based on their academic major and the needs of the Air Force; however, many cadets don't get scholarships or contract to serve in the Air Force until the second to last year of AFROTC.

3. Does the Air Force scholarship pay for room and board?
The AFROTC scholarship does not cover room and board.

4. How am I reimbursed as a scholarship student for textbook expenses?
You should be prepared to pay cash for your book purchases from the campus bookstore. You will be paid by direct deposit within the first couple of months of the semester.

5. Is it possible for me to change my academic major if on scholarship?
Yes, but this is a complex process and should be attempted only after you have given it much thought. Depending on your current major and your proposed major, you may lose your scholarship benefits. If you want to change your major before arriving at Baylor, call us immediately and we will give you detailed instructions on the procedure.

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Traditions

1. What is a Dining-Out?
A Dining-Out is a formal military banquet steeped in custom and tradition. The Dining-Out enables you to bring a date or guest(s) to enjoy many time honored festivities. It is one of the highlights of each semester.

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Training

1. What is Field Training?
Field Training (FT) is a four-week summer encampment between your sophomore and junior year. It is conducted at Maxwell AFB AL and Camp Shelby, MS. This is an intensified training period where you receive additional leadership training, attend numerous career orientations, and learn firsthand about Air Force life. We pay all your transportation costs and provide you with all necessary uniform items. You only attend FT once while you are in the AFROTC program.

2. Are there any other summer training programs available?
Yes. Cadets are given the opportunity to attend programs in the summer if they desire based on availability and funding. These include language immersion programs, engineering internships, and unique opportunities such as glider training or a two-week parachuting program that lets cadets earn jump wings by performing five free fall jumps.

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