Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is a scholarship required to be a member of Air Force ROTC?
No.  In fact only 25% of our cadets are currently on scholarship (as of May 2013). Current members are in AFROTC because the program's benefits (an emphasis on discipline, academics, physical fitness and most importantly leadership development) and the fact that completion and a degree warrant a commission in the world's greatest air, space and cyberspace force.
2. How many of your cadets work while attending NAU?
 Graph depicts percentages of scholarship vs non-scholarship cadets and those that work while in college.  22% of our cadets on scholarship also work.  43% of non-scholarship cadets work in college.
3. From where do your cadets originate?
Only ~38% of the Cadet Wing are from Arizona.  California represents the next majority with ~30% followed by Colorado with ~6%.  The remaining cadets come as far as The Netherlands and the following states:  Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin (as of May 2013).
4. What's your breakout of Technical Majors?
This graph is a pie chart showing the percentage of technical versus non-technical majors in our cadet wing.  31% of our cadets are in technical majors while 69% are in non-technical majors.
5. What does it mean to be "on contract" in AFROTC?
Before any entitlements can be paid or prior to entry into the Professional Office Course (Juniors/Seniors), you must enter into a contract with the Air Force.  The contract states you'll receive a commission upon graduation and fulfillment of AFROTC program requirements.
6. Are uniforms provided?
Yes, upon acceptance of your application (various forms and validation of personal info) and enrollment in respective Aerospace Studies courses.
7. Are there other AFROTC-related activities which I can participate in?

Air Force ROTC strives to provide you with a wide variety of professional and social activities.  But your first and most immediate concern is attending classes and maintaining good grades.  The program and university offer many activities for any student's particular interests.  Here are just a few:

  • Arnold Air Society
  • MilitaryDining Events (formal and informal) and Picnics
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Color Guard and Drill Team
  • Intramurals
  • Base Visits (with potential incentive flights)
  • Project Go--summer foreign language immersion program



8. When do I have to wear my uniform?

All "cadets" that meet height and weight requirements will be required to wear appropriate uniform in accordance with weekly routine orders (e.g. Physical Training Uniform for Physical Training--AS 250, Air Force Blues for Academic class--AS 101, etc.).

All "civilians" will wear appropriate and respectable attire (e.g. conservative work out apparel for AS 250, collared shirt/pants for AS 101, etc.)
9. What is Field Training?
Field Training is basic training for officers with leadership development at the core.  You'll be tested on your leadership and followership skills on a daily basis in a stressful but encouraging environment.  Field Training is a pre-requisite for the Professional Officer Course (last two years in the program) during the summer at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  Most cadets will tell you its the most challenging and rewarding experience in the Air Force ROTC program.
10. What exactly is Leadership Lab?
The Cadet Wing is organized into a hierarchical rank structure, as in the operational Air Force.  The POC (Professional Officer Course) cadets are responsible for organizing and administering a lab for the entire wing.  It is usually two hours of learning and fun, enjoying such activities as drill and ceremonies, group leadership projects, sports, team building, physical fitness and exceptional guest speakers.
11. Do I have to live in a specific dorm?
No.  ROTC cadets have no preferred or recommended campus housing locations.  Your living arrangements are your choice.  In fact nearly half of our current cadets live off-campus.  However, we do recommend living on-campus at least your Freshmen year.  You'll find NAU's dormitories quite nice and we have several cadets go on to become RA's--it's a great way to live rent free near your classes and the detachment (don't have to battle the dreaded "Parking Cops"!).
12. If I take AFROTC classes, do I have to join the Air Force?
Absolutely not!  There is no obligation.  Any NAU admitted student can take Aerospace Studies academic and physical fitness courses.
13. Is this a "guy" only thing?
Are you kidding?  We have women fighter pilots!  Leadership is not gender based.  ~40% of our Cadet Wing is female.
14. Do Air Force ROTC courses count for credit?
Yes, as general electives for most majors at NAU and we offer a minor in Aerospace Studies.
15. What if I want to be in a fraternity/sorority or play college sports?
Please do!  We highly encourage cadets to be involved in campus life.  Those gained experiences make better leaders.  
16. What is in it for me?
The chance to develop your leadership and followership skills. The potential to serve your country as an officer and leader in the best air, space and cyberspace force in the world! We can also assist you pay for your college education. We have many different scholarships based on merit that help pay tuition and books. If on scholarship, tuition is covered and you receive a monthly stipend. Freshmen will get $200, Sophomores $250, juniors, $350, and seniors $400. We also offer you a chance to be part of one of the best organizations on campus where you'll make friends that will last a life time. And maybe most importantly, we will guarantee you a job within thirty days of graduation!--Did you know that an April 2012 study showed 53.6% of all college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.  And the experience you get in the Air Force translates well to the civilian community if you decide not to make it a career (retire after 20 years).  YOU CANNOT LOSE!

For additional FAQs, please visit the National Air Force ROTC website.