Enlisted Scholarships

AirForce ROTC provides several programs in nearly a thousand schools to encourage the best of the best to pursue a commission. These programs and their requirements are frequently changing to meet officer production and scholarship budget requirements. In order to receive the most accurate, up-to-date information, please visit our separate web sit.

The ASCP allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $15,000 per year while pursuing their commission through Air Force ROTC.

The AirForce ROTC (AFROTC) Professional Officer Course Early Release Program (POC-ERP) offers active duty Air Force enlisted personnel an opportunity for an early release from active duty to enter AFROTC and receive a commission as an AirForce officer.

Members selected for the POC-ERP will separate from active duty, sign a contract with AFROTC and become full-time college students. The program is open to undergraduate degrees only. Upon completion of all degree and commissioning requirements, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants and returned to active duty for a period of at least four years.


To qualify, an applicant must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have one year time in service(waiverable)
  • Have one year time on station(waiverable)
  • Be recommended by immediatecommander
  • Pass the AFROTC Physical FitnessTest
  • Be world-wide qualified
  • Be admitted to a school offeringAFROTC
  • Have qualifying AFOQT scores
  • Be commissioned and enter activeduty before age 35 (must be under age 31 on 31 December of the commissioningyear to receive a scholarship)
  • Be able to complete allundergraduate degree requirements in two years or less (minimum 1.5 years witha waiver)
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulativecollege grade point average
  • Not be selected for a reassignmentprior to submission of the application (waiver requests are due 15 August)

Additional Information

Contact your base education office and/or the Enlisted Commissioning Programs for guidance on the application process.

The POC-ERP is open to all academic majors.

While in ROTC, individuals will no longer receive military pay or benefits. All members applying for the POC-ERP are required to provide proof that they have the financial means to make it through the program.

All cadets in the POC-ERP will receive a non-taxable monthly stipend according to the chart below.


Monthly Stipend





Additionally, members may use their MGIB benefits while in the program along with any additional grants or scholarships for which they may qualify.


The SOAR program allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $15,000 per year while pursuing their commission through Air Force ROTC. Students may not pay the difference to attend higher cost schools.

Joining Air Force ROTC From Other Armed Services

Members of other branches of the service wanting to join Air Force ROTC and pursue a commission as an Air Force officer may apply for the Professional Officer Course-Early Release Program (POC-ERP) or the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program (ASCP).

You must first obtain a conditional release from your enlistment from your service's personnel system. Then you must meet the requirements for the program you are applying to: ASCP or POC-ERP.

If you have questions on how to apply, please contact your base education office.

For questions on how to obtain a conditional release from your enlistment (i.e.,conditioned on your entry into a commissioning program), please see your personnel office for assistance.