Air Force ROTC

Your future In Air Force ROTC

Want to become a strong leader? Interested in a challenging and exciting career in the Air Force? Want to experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities? You should join the Air Force ROTC program at the University of North Texas.

Many careers in the Air Force don't require a specific academic major. Potential career fields include:

  • Administration
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Military intelligence
  • Navigator
  • Pilot
  • Space and missiles

What we offer

Through the Department of Aerospace Studies, we help you grow mentally and physically so you stand out from fellow students and other graduates. The ROTC program is open to all majors and has two-, three- and four-year options available.

You can participate in the program for up to two years with no obligation to serve unless you're awarded a scholarship or contract with the Air Force. Other opportunities include:

  • Textbooks for ROTC courses and uniforms issued at no cost
  • Possible field trips to Air Force installations throughout the nation
  • Getting involved in the Arnold Air Society, Cadet Honor Guard, Civil Air Patrol, Rifle Drill Team or Saber Team
  • Occupying key leadership positions in the university's corps of cadets
  • Taking an active role in the development and training of first- and second-year students

We provide specialized aerospace courses and laboratories that complement your general course work. Our aerospace courses and laboratories fulfill elective requirements in your particular degree program.

Once you earn your UNT degree and complete the ROTC program, you'll be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

What to expect

You'll progress through the program in the following stages:

  • General Military Course — focuses on the Air Force's mission and structure and examines military life; usually taken during the first two years at UNT
  • Field training — a four-week encampment offered during the summer at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. or Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Professional Officer Course — requires contracting with the Air Force; focuses on leadership, management, officership and national security issues in America; usually taken during the final two years at UNT

You'll also enroll in a leadership laboratory that allows you to participate in discussions and exercises with other ROTC members.


As an incoming freshman, you may receive a four-year scholarship based on your SAT or ACT scores, recommendations from high school teachers, extracurricular activities, high school grades and an interview with an Air Force representative. You must apply for the scholarship before Dec. 1 of your senior year in high school.

Other scholarships are available if you decide to enter the ROTC program at a later date. Information about scholarship opportunities and deadlines is at our website.

Qualifying for Air Force ROTC

You must be a U.S. citizen attending UNT full time, be in good physical condition and have good moral character.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT.