What to expect from our four-year program

Air Force ROTC normally consists of four years of military education.  The first two years of the program are called the General Military Course (GMC) and allows you to try out Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation unless you are on an AFROTC scholarship.  The last two years are called the Professional Officer Course (POC) and cover leadership skills and national defense policy that are intended to prepare you to serve as an active-duty Air Force officer. 

Air Force ROTC Program Requirements

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at an institution with an AFROTC Detachment or crosstown agreement
  • Be in good physical condition and pass the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) taken every semester composed of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run
  • Be in good academic standing and pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
  • Attend and successfully complete the necessary AFAS classes each semester, and field training (typically during the summer after your sophomore year)
  • Be a United States citizen by the time you are contracted (dual citizenship not allowed at that point)
  • Meet age, moral, medical, and any other eligibility requirements set by the United States Air Force

Shadow Opportunity

If you are currently a senior in high school and would like the opportunity to shadow an Air Force ROTC Cadet for one day and experience the ROTC/University lifestyle please email us at afrotc@unm.edu.  Please note that participating in the shadow program does not require any commitment to joining, and is completely free.

New Cadet Orientation Program

Every year in August and January we hold our New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP) which all new Cadets must attend.  NCOP is meant to ensure a smooth transition by providing guidance & assistance, introducing new Cadets to the people they will be working with, and participating in challenging activities.