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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


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Do I have to be enrolled as a student at USC to be a part of Detachment 060?

No! Detachment 060 (USC) has cadets from several “cross town” schools in the southern California area, including Azusa Pacific University, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Fullerton, Claremont, UC Irvine, Occidental, Biola, Cal Tech, and several junior colleges. Click here for comprehensive list of crosstowns.

What do I need to do to join?

To be eligible, you must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours) at USC or one of our cross-town campuses. To join, you must provide proof of your full-time student status and you must fill out an application package. This application package can be completed during one of our New Student Orientation events or you can make an appointment to come visit the detachment and meet personally with the Unit Admissions Officer

I am a sophomore or junior can I join ROTC?

If you are a sophomore you may join ROTC. You will have to take two AS classes (100 & 200) to make up for the year that you missed. It is not ideal, but it is doable. We’ve had many cadets enter as sophomores and go on to do great things in ROTC and in the Air Force. If you are a junior your situation will be looked in a case by case basis to determine if you meet ROTC requirements.

I am a freshman/sophomore can I join during the spring semester?

If you are a freshman, yes you may join. However, you will have to make up the previous semesters objectives before moving on in the program. If you are a sophomore your situation will be looked at in a case by case basis to determine if you meet ROTC requirements.

I am a senior/grad student can I join ROTC?

No you may not. You will not meet the required objectives. We recommend seeking out an OTS recruiter if you still want to become an officer in the Air Force.

An example of a typical weekly Schedule.

Detachment 060 generally follows University of Southern California’s academic calendar. All of our training sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students should make every effort to arrange their academic schedules to be available Tuesday and Thursday morning. Mandatory activities typically end by 10:30 AM, extracurricular activities such as Honor Guard and Arnold Air Society can run later.

An example of a typical weekly Schedule.

0700-0800 Sophomore Academics
1000-1100 Freshman Academics


0600-0700 Physical Training
0830-1030 Leadership Lab


Will I have to go to boot camp?

AFROTC cadets participate in a four-week training program during the summer between their sophomore and junior years in AFROTC. This four-week program is called “Field Training” and it is the AFROTC equivalent of boot camp. You will spend your first two years in the AFROTC program learning the skills that you will need in order to be successful at Field Training. Field Training takes place at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. While you are at Field Training, you will receive career orientation, survival training, weapons familiarization, physical training, and familiarization with the organization and function of an Air Force base. 

Do I have to sign an active duty contract in order to join?

No, not to join AFROTC. You will sign a contract at some point during your AFROTC career, which will obligate you to spend four years as an active duty Air Force officer. If you are a high school scholarship winner, you will have the first year of AFROTC to try it out and decide if it’s something that you want to continue to do. You can leave the AFROTC program (and end your scholarship benefits) any time during the first year of the program. If you leave before the start of your second year, you will not owe the Air Force anything. If you are not a high school scholarship winner, you have the first two years of your AFROTC career to decide if the Air Force is a path you’d like to pursue for a career. If, during your first two years in the program, you decide not to continue with AFROTC you can leave with no obligation to the Air Force. However, once you return from Field Training and begin your third year in the program, you will sign a contract that obligates you to spend four years as an active duty Air Force officer. If you receive an in-college scholarship, you will sign a contract that obligates you to a four year active duty commitment when you accept the scholarship. 

What about scholarships?

For the most up to date information about the AFROTC scholarship program, click here. If you have specific questions about the scholarship program, please contact the USC AFROTC Unit Admissions Officer (UAO). You can reach the UAO either by phone at 213-740-6602 or by email at