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Air Force ROTC Accelerated Program

Air Force ROTC Accelerated Program

Would you like to earn college credit and cash while guaranteeing yourself a management-level position after graduation? The Air Force ROTC Accelerated Program may help you take off on a new career path. 

In addition to our traditional three- and four-year programs, all Air Force ROTC programs nationwide are offering new one- and two-year accelerated programs for college juniors, seniors and graduate students in any major. In addition, current bachelor’s and master’s degree holders who can become full-time students in 2018 or 2019 are eligible.

Accelerated program students will receive a monthly, non-taxable stipend of $450 a month, with an increase to $500 a month for subsequent semesters. Participants whose majors have a technical focus are eligible to receive a one-year scholarship for full tuition and fees, plus a book allowance.

Air Force ROTC will prepare you for a professional career as an officer post-graduation. You’ll transition directly into a management-level position in the Air Force well ahead of your non-ROTC peers. If you’re ready to make a four-year commitment to a career with a high level of responsibility and autonomy and want to be a part of something larger than yourself, Air Force ROTC may be the right choice for you.

  • Earn college credit.
  • Develop leadership skills and serve in a leadership role.
  • Receive a monthly stipend of $450 a month for your first semester and $500 for subsequent semesters.
  • Get scholarship funds covering full tuition and fees for majors with a technical focus.
  • Guaranteed full-time career based on your educational experience.
  • Gain career experience and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force immediately after graduation.

Recent graduates or students scheduled to graduate in 2018 or 2019 can take part in a one-year or two-year commissioning program. Both bachelor’s and master’s degree students may apply. 

  • Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA (term and cumulative).
  • Take and pass the Air Force Officer Qualification Test.
  • Pass a medical evaluation.
  • Take and pass the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment.

The Air Force ROTC Accelerated Program has three components that meet on campus each Thursday during the academic year:

  • Academic class (AS 401) – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Leadership Laboratory (AS 403) – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Group fitness session – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You must also attend an 18-day Leadership Evaluation and Development capstone course during the summer term.

If you’re ready to be a leader on campus and in the Air Force: 

  • Contact Maj. Melissa K. Bierma at melissa.bierma@wilkes.edu or 570-408-4872 to schedule an appointment.
  • Sign up for AFROTC class and leadership lab.
  • Register for AFROTC New Student Orientation, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25.

Maj. Melissa K. Bierma
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies