Commissioning marks the end of an Air Force ROTC cadet’s career–it is the transition from cadet to officer. During the year prior to commissioning, cadets compete for active-duty positions in their desired Air Force career fields. Each occupation in the Air Force is given an “Air Force Specialty Code” (AFSC) to identify what career they will hold; both officers and enlisted members are designated by their AFSC. Cadets who wish to compete for a rated position (pilot, navigator, or air battle manager) must apply the year before commissioning. More competitive cadets have a higher chance of receiving their desired AFSC. However, AFSCs are ultimately decided by the needs of the Air Force.

Requirements to Commission

In order to earn a commission in the Air Force or the Space Force through AFROTC, the following requirements must be met:

  • Maintain status as a cadet of integrity, service, and excellence
  • Attend at least 80% of all Leadership Lab (LLAB), Physical Training (PT) sessions and Aerospace Studies (AS) Class meetings
  • Take and pass the Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT)
  • Meet physical standards
    • Pass the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) 
    • Must pass the PFA each semester while on scholarship
    • Pass the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) physical
  • Complete Field Training
  • Take and pass all Aerospace Studies classes (C- and above)
  • Meet academic standards
    • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA if on scholarship, or 2.0 GPA if not on scholarship
    • Graduate on time
  • Complete one Professional Development Training (PDT) program during your General Miliary Course (freshman/sophomore) years and one during your Professional Officer Course (junior/senior) years
    • ​GMC PDT programs have a broad definition, ranging from one day long base visits to week-long summer programs
    • POC PDT credit is earned by leading a program or planning an event, and can be obtained in a variety of ways