Marion Military Institute

FAQ About AFROTC

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) ABOUT AFROTC

How to Enroll
To enroll in Air Force ROTC at Marion Military Institute, you simply register for AFROTC classes as you would register for any other course.

Fall Term
Freshmen register for AFS 110 and AFS 101
Freshmen register for AFS 120 and AFS 102

Spring Term
Sophomores register for AFS 230 and AFS 201
Sophomores register for AFS 240 and AFS 202

In addition to class, you will be required to attend physical training three times per week.


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What is the (PFT) Physical Fitness Test?
The PFT is taken every fall and spring term while a cadet is enrolled in Air Force ROTC. Cadets in the GMC not on scholarship must attempt the test but do not have to pass. Scholarship cadets and cadets in the POC, however, must pass the test each fall and spring term.

The PFT is composed of an abdominal circumference measurement and three events in the following order:

Push-ups
Crunches
1.5-mile run

All events must be completed. There is a five minute rest period between each event.  You must meet the minimum standards indicated below and obtain an overall score of at least 75 points to pass the PFT.

 EVENT                                          Push-ups (1-Min)                           Crunches (1-Min)                     1.5-Mile run 
 MALE                                                      33                                                    33                                       12:30
 FEMALE                                                 18                                                     35                                       14:30

How to pass the PFT.

(You should consult with a physician before starting any exercise program.)

  • Take the entire test early in order to get a baseline for improvement.
  • Compare your scores with the individual minimum scores for each event.
  • Develop a plan to improve your physical fitness.
  • The plan should include exercises to improve each event score.
  • Identify the events with the scores below or barely above the minimum. Place added emphasis (extra exercises, repetitions, etc.) to improve these event scores.
  • Make the plan a part of your lifestyle.
  • If possible, find a friend (or friends) to work out with on a regular basis.
  • Stay positive and stay with it.
  • Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself.
  • Set six-week goals, semester goals and Field-Training Board goals for improving individual event scores and the overall score.
  • Work the PFT exercises and running into your overall lifestyle. Use small amounts of time to improve overall fitness.

Break periods of study by performing individual exercises. (Read a chapter or finish an assignment and do some push-ups).  Clear the mind after a long study session by going for a run. You don't need to be at a gym or fitness center to improve on your PFT. Be creative. Work on sit-ups and push-ups in your room. Just remember that you don't need to be an athlete to pass the PFT. You just need to get in and stay in "PFT" shape.

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What is the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
The AFOQT measures aptitudes used to select candidates for officer commissioning programs and specific commissioned officer training programs.  The test consists of 12 sub-tests. Subtest scores are combined to generate one or more of five composite scores used to help predict success in certain types of Air Force training programs. 

Four-year college scholarship recipients must pass the AFOQT by the end of their freshman year.  All others must pass the AFOQT prior to nomination for an AFROTC scholarship or nomination for a field training allocation.

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How do I become a pilot or navigator?

Competition for rated slots is based on merit and is very competitive. The Air Force seeks the highest qualified applicants for Pilot, Navigator, and Air Battle Manager career fields. A selection board at AFROTC Headquarters, not at local detachments, determines rated positions. Selection for a rated position is based on a cadet's Order of Merit, which is determined by the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Physical Fitness Test (PFT) results: based on a 100 point scale and consisting of abdominal circumference measurement, push-ups, crunches, and a one and a half mile run.
  • Pilot Candidate Scoring Method (PCSM) results:
    Comprised of:
    • Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) Pilot score: a standardized, multiple-choice test similar to the SAT in format. AFOQTs are administered several times during the school year. Cadets may take the AFOQT twice (6 months apart) with the most recent score being used toward the PCSM score.
    • Basic Attributes Test (BAT) score: Consists of sub-tests that measure psycho-motor skills, cognitive aptitude, and personality traits.
      Total flying hours: While flying hours contribute to the overall PCSM score, they constitute only a small percentage of the total. While helpful, it is not necessary to have flight hours to get a rated position.
    • Field Training (FT) Results: Cadets train and are selected for FT. This is a mandatory program designed to develop leadership and discipline, and to determine potential for entry into the Professional Officer Course. FT typically occurs between the sophomore and the junior year using a standard 4-week or extended 5-week program at one of several Air Force bases.
    • Commander's Ranking: The Detachment Commander evaluates cadets based on the "whole person" concept and ranks them in relation to their peers. Overall officership potential is determined based on (but not limited to) a cadet's maturity, judgment, and overall performance within cadet corps.


NOTE: Academic major is NOT a factor for rated selection, contrary to popular belief. A cadet interested in a rated slot and majoring in Aeronautical Science or Aerospace Engineering, for example, is not given higher consideration over a cadet majoring in Psychology.