AFROTC is continuing their Total Force Commissioning Program through CY2018. This means that you are able to commission directly into the Air Force Reserves upon completing the ROTC program. Note that this program is targeted for those wanting to be a pilot; it has not been clarified how the program applies for other categorizations.
Basically, this is a chance to apply to be an Air Force Reserve Pilot before any Active Duty categorizations occur (e.g. Rated Board ~ Jan 17, Form 53 Preferences ~ Sep 17).
CY18 cadets selected for AFR assignments will receive a SelRes service commitment equivalent to what would have been their active duty service commitment (ADSC) for completing the AFROTC program. Furthermore, anyone selected to attend undergraduate flying training (UFT) must agree to serve in a full-time status for up to 6 years. After completion of UFT and 140-day mission training in an active duty status, the member should anticipate being an Air Reserve Technician (ART) for the remainder of the full-time commitment. The remainder of any reserve service commitment (RSC) for UFT, etc. will be served in a part-time
(e.g., traditional reservist) capacity unless the member volunteers for and is selected for a full-time (e.g., active guard/reserve (AGR), ART) status.
Note: ARTs carry dual status and wear the Air Force uniform when working daily as Department of the Air Force civil service employees, whereas a traditional reservist with the same unit only wears the uniform during drill periods and is otherwise a GS civilian as a condition of employment.
Up to 30 Sep 16, cadets can apply for rated Air Force specialty code (AFSC) consideration. AFRC/A3R will be conducting a UFT selection board the 3d week of October 2016 to select qualified AFROTC cadets who request consideration. All UFT applications must include a targeted résumé, field training performance reports, an Air Force Form (AFF) 215, Aircrew Training Candidate Data Summary, and an AFROTC Form 53, Cadet Assignment Preference Worksheet.
Applicants sponsored by one of the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) non-training flying units in Attachment 1, should get the applicable AFRC group (Gp) commander (CC) to complete Item 21 of the AFF 215. Unsponsored applicants can apply for one or more AFSCs and will leave Item 21 of the AFF 215 blank. Waivers or exception(s) to policy will not be considered.
Note: unsponsored applicants must be willing to accept an assignment to any AFR flying unit. Flying units may select unsponsored applicants at any time between the selection board and UFT assignment night. Any remaining unsponsored applicants will be assigned based on the needs of the AFR.
The 2016 field training units were briefed on the AFR process. Detachments should follow-up with cadets graduating in CY18 who attended field training in 2015 on the specifics of Phase I and (upon release) the non-rated phase(s) of RCP. Detachments must also take the following actions.
a. Assist cadets with scheduling a test of basic aviation skills (TBAS), as needed.
b. Instruct cadets to utilize page 276 of AFH 33-337, The Tongue and Quill, to provide targeted résumé that includes employment, extracurricular activities, etc. so it can be subjectively scored by board members.
c. Det CC must complete Item 20 (i.e., relative standing score with cadet’s ranking and the detachment’s overall graduation CY class size rather than most preferred training type requested) and sign the AFF 215.
Note: As stated in section 4, Item 21 will only be completed if the cadets is
sponsored by an AFRC flying unit prior to AFRC’s UFT board.
d. Det CC must complete Item 19 of AFROTC Form 53.