Commissioning is the pinnacle of an Air Force ROTC cadet’s career–it marks 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); both officers and enlisted members alike are designated by their particular AFSC. Cadets who wish to apply compete for rated positions (pilot, navigator or air battle manager) must do so the year before commissioning. Ultimately, you will be selected for an AFSC based on the needs of the Air Force.