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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Do I have to be enrolled as a student at UMCP to be a part of Detachment 330?

No! Detachment 330 hosts a number of crosstown schools that you can attend and still be apart of the program. A list of crosstown schools can be found here. Our crosstown students commute once a week to UMCP to complete all the necessary requirements for the program.

Question: What are the requirements for the program?

You must be a full-time student at UMCP or one of the crosstown schools working towards your bachelor’s degree. The program starts every fall and takes three years to complete at a minimum for undergraduate students or two if you have prior military experience and get approved for an accelerated program. For more information, please check out the high school student page or current college student page.

Question: What do I need to do to join?

Check your eligibility and if you are eligible, fill out our application form on our interest page to get started.

Question: Can I join during the spring semester?

Yes, freshmen will join the class of freshman who joined in the fall. In the following fall, you will need to take an extra class to get the information you missed from fall freshman year. For sophomores through juniors, admissions are made on a case-by-case basis. Please see the current college students page for details on your options.

Question: As a senior or graduate student, can I join ROTC?

No, but please see the current college students page for details on your other options.

Question: What are the physical requirements for AFROTC?

Each semester you will take a physical fitness test during the second half of the semester.

Question: What is the student schedule for AFROTC?

All cadets will have ARSC 059 – Leadership Lab, an ARSC Air Science class (or two), and physical training. Those attending UMD will attend two physical training sessions per week and our crosstown students will attend one per week. A schedule with options for freshman students can be found here.

Question: What is Field Training and when do I go?

AFROTC cadets participate in a three-week training program during the summer after their Field Training Preperation year. This is our equivalent to boot camp. You will spend your first year or two in the AFROTC program preparing for Field Training. Field Training takes place at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. While at Field Training, you will receive weapons familiarization, physical training, officer training, career orientation, survival training, and familiarization of organizations within an Air Force base.

Question: Are there scholarships available?

Yes, please visit our scholarships page for more detailed information.

Question: Do I need to sign an active duty contract in order to join?

No, not to join AFROTC. If you are a high school scholarship recipient, you will have one year to try out the program and decide if it is something that you want to continue to do. After that one year, you will be under contract for four years active duty and four years reserves. If you are not a scholarship recipient, you will not be under contract until you return from Field Training. At that point, you would need to sign the contract for the Air Force for four years active duty and four years reserves.


Project GO

Project Global Officer (GO) is a Department of Defense initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study for ROTC students.