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Air Force ROTC Professional Programs

The Air Force needs highly qualified individuals to fill positions in several professional career fields. Our professional programs guarantee entry into one of the following competitive career fields as an Air Force officer. The following programs are considered the ROTC Professional Programs:

Biomedical Sciences Corps Program

Biomedical Sciences Corps (BSC) categories are for students and cadets wanting to become physical therapists, optometrists and pharmacists. Students interested in pursuing a BSC career in the Air Force should take the following steps:

Enroll in Air Force ROTC classes at the college or university you are currently attending or wish to attend that offers Air Force ROTC. Staff members at each detachment are ready to assist you. Click here to find out which schools offer Air Force ROTC

Once enrolled in Air Force ROTC, students will meet a board, in March, for selection into the associated BSC category. Eligible students apply approximately two years prior to their projected commissioning date. This provides the greatest flexibility in ensuring a student gets the most opportunity for selection. Students interested in meeting the board must be in good standing with the university and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.0.

If selected for a BSC category, student must remain in good standing with the university and maintain a 2.0 term and cumulative Grade Point Average. If you are not selected and have not yet enlisted, you can compete for an allocation in the Professional Officer Course, leave AFROTC or compete again for categorization during the next cycle.

Once you have completed your degree in a BSC category, you’ll be commissioned in your specialty as a Second Lieutenant and serve for four years.

Graduate Law Program

The Graduate Law Program (GLP) is a two-year Air Force ROTC program for law students. Once selected for the GLP, students are guaranteed a position as an Air Force judge advocate upon successful completion of the Air Force ROTC program, graduation from an ABA-approved law school and completion of legal licensing requirements including admission to practice before any state’s highest court.

The GLP is not a scholarship program. However, GLP students are paid during summer Field Training, and they also receive up to a $400 tax-free stipend each month of school during the last two years of their legal education. Check out the Air Force JAG website.

To enroll, students must:

  • Meet Air Force ROTC requirements and must be attending a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and affiliated with Air Force ROTC.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Meet Air Force ROTC entry standards, such as U.S. citizenship, Air Force Officer Qualifying Test minimum scores, and Air Force ROTC weight, fitness and medical standards.
  • Application
  • The application process is done in two parts: Students apply through the local Air Force ROTC detachment (where the you plan to or currently attend school) at the beginning of the spring semester of their first year of law school.
  • Students complete the application and schedule a hiring interview with the senior attorney (staff judge advocate) at a nearby Air Force base. The deadline for completion of all application paperwork and the hiring interview is April 1st.

Selection is on a best-qualified basis. Selection factors include academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, community service, military record (if any) and the recommendation in the report of interview. The best-qualified applicants are selected by the Judge Advocate General upon the recommendation of a board of senior judge advocates. The selection board is convened in April each year, and applicants are notified of the results by letter.

Selectees attend a Field-Training encampment at an Air Force base during the summer between their first and second year of law school. They then complete the normal academic requirements for the Air Force ROTC two-year program while attending their second and third year of law school. For students with prior military service, Field Training is four weeks; for those with no prior military experience, Field Training is five weeks.

Commissioning and Service Commitment
Upon completion of the Air Force ROTC program and graduation from law school, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants. Those who have completed legal licensing requirements, including admission to practice before a state's highest court, normally enter active duty shortly thereafter. Those who have not yet completed legal licensing requirements are granted an educational delay until completion of those requirements. The initial period of active duty is four years. Graduates of the GLP begin active duty as first lieutenants and are eligible for promotion to captain on the day they complete six months of active duty.

The Nursing Scholarship Program

If you are interested in becoming an Air Force nurse, then the Air Force ROTC has nursing categories for students like you.

This program awards Type 2 (tuition capped at $15,000 per year plus $510 per year for books) scholarships. In many cases, these scholarships can activate during the same term as nomination.

The Nursing Scholarship program is operated on a noncompetitive basis – those who meet the qualifications are awarded the scholarship and do not meet a scholarship selection board. The processing of the scholarship award is completed at the local detachment.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to apply for a Nursing Scholarship you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) or have your failing scores waived after two failures
  • Pass the Air Force ROTC Physical Fitness Test
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative college grade point average
  • Complete a physical examination and be certified as commission-qualified by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (non-AFROTC students can apply if the examination has been scheduled ... if selected, they cannot activate a scholarship until the certification is complete)
  • Not already be a contracted scholarship recipient
  • Meet the age, moral and other scholarship eligibility requirements for Air Force ROTC
  • Be a sophomore or junior, majoring in Nursing at an NLN or CCNE accredited college or university*

    *Must be a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). See the NLNAC website at www.nlnac.org or the CCNE website at www.aacn.nche.edu/Accreditation/index.htm for a list of accredited programs.

You may also be eligible to receive scholarship money while you are in college. Click here to learn more.

The Application Process
Applications for the Nursing Scholarship are processed and approved at the detachment level. Contact the detachment serving the school you attend or desire to attend, and they will work to nominate you for the appropriate scholarship program.

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