Scholarships For Outstanding Airman To ROTC (SOAR)
SOAR offers active duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn a commission who can complete all bachelor degree and commissioning requirements in 2 to 4 years as an Air Force ROTC cadet. Applicants must have at least 24 hours of graded college course work with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have a minimum ACT composite score of 26 or an SAT combined Reading and Math score of 1180 or an AFOQT Academic Aptitude score of 57. Applicants are not authorized to pursue a second bachelors or graduate degree. Degree plans should be in full year increments (ex., 2, 3, 4 year academic plan). If approved any degree plan that require an extra semester (ex., 2.5, 3.5 year academic plans) will not receive scholarship entitlements unless they are in a Secretary of the Air Force approved 5 year major (Ref: AFROTCI 36-2011 4.28. – 220.127.116.11., and Attachment 8). Any summer courses taken will not be authorized entitlements unless it is a mandatory course required for the degree and the course is only offered in the summer.
Note:Applicants within one year of completing their bachelor's degree, with a bachelor's degree or desiring to earn graduate degrees may not participate in this program. They should seek commissioning through OTS.
Those selected separate from the active duty Air Force, join an Air Force ROTC detachment and become a full-time college student. The Air Force provides them with a tuition/fees scholarship of up to $18,000 per year, an annual textbook allowance, and a monthly nontaxable stipend. This scholarship will be awarded for 2 to 4 years, depending on how many years you have remaining in your bachelor's degree program. Upon graduation and completion of the program, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and will then be returned to active duty with a military obligation of 4 yrs active and 4 yrs Reserves.
Note: Applicants selected are not guaranteed enrollment allocations to enter the Professional Officer Course (POC). All AFROTC cadets compete against their peers for enrollment allocations.
Students awarded a scholarship must have 24 semester/36 quarter hours of math/physical science or 4 semesters/6 quarters of a foreign language (must be the same language) before they commission. Scholarships awarded must major in a degree listed on the desired/mandatory degrees list.
Note: Technicalmajors must be ABET-approved at the university the applicant plans to attend and are limited to a maximum of 4 years.
Nursing: Degrees must be accredited by the National League of Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (Failure to pass the NCLEX may result in commissioning as a general officer).
How does the selection process work?
A selection board is held once a year. SOAR is a commander's program to select top-flight enlisted members for commissioning. Selections are made at the MAJCOM level for most Airmen. Those assigned to Field Operating Agencies (FOA) and Direct Reporting Units (DRU), are selected from a Small Units selection board that meets at HQ AFROTC at Maxwell. There are 51 SOAR allocations. The following table shows the distribution of SOAR allocations:
All Other (Small Units Board)
The MAJCOM/FOA/DRU/Small Units boards utilize the "whole person" concept to evaluate applicants. As part of the board process, applicants will be evaluated on their ability to put their package together in the proper format in accordance with the ECP Package Checklistand directions on this site. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the package is complete. While the board considers all documents in an application package, they typically focus on the commander's recommendation, the airman's duty performance history, and the applicant's academic performance to determine the applicant's eligibility. Airmen selected will receive instructions and be required to complete additional post selection actions. Once all actions have been completed they will be authorized to separate no earlier than 10 days prior to their class start date the following fall term.
MAJCOMs/FOAs/DRUs set application deadlines to bases/wings under their command. BESOs should contact their respective MAJCOM as application deadlines can vary by commands. ALL waiver requests are due to HQ AFROTC/RRUE NET 15 July and NLT 1 September each year. Each MAJCOMs/FOAs/DRUs (and the Small Units board) submits the nomination packages for their SOAR winners NLT 15 October each year to HQ AFROTC/RRUE. Late packages or late waiver requests will not be accepted.
Note:The applicant is ultimately responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their package. The Education Center may assist the member in an advisory capacity only.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
TO BE ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Note: Not all requirements are listed. For a complete list ref: AFI 36-2013 AFROTCI 36-2011, AFI 36-2002 and AFI 36-2005.
Be a United States citizen.
Meet the Age requirements.
ASCP/SOAR. IAW Title 10 U.S.C., Section 2107, Financial Assistance Program for Specially Selected Members, applicants who apply for ASCP or SOAR must be under age 31 on December 31 of their graduation year to earn a commission. (NOT WAIVERABLE)
POC-ERP. Applicants must commission by age 30. Up to age 35 with a waiver. Applicants commissioning over the age of 30 will need to submit a waiver request to HQ AFROTC/RRUE.
Nursing Applicants: Title 10, United States Code (USC), Section 12201 authorizes the appointment of fully qualified health professions officers (Nurses) beyond age 35. Nurse applicants may be commissioned prior to their 42nd birthday, pending the needs of the Air Force. Applicants commissioning over the age of 35 will need to submit a waiver request to HQ AFROTC/RRUE. The waiver request will be forwarded to HQ AFPC/DPAMN for consideration and/or approval. HQ AF/SGC is the final approval authority for nursing age waivers.
Have at least one year Time-In-Service. (Waiverable)
Have at least one year Time-On-Station at board convening date. (Board is held in December) (Waiverable)
Have served at least half of an overseas tour one month prior to class start date. (Waiverable)
Overseas Long Tour. Has not applied before the 25th day of the 8th month before DEROS. (Waiverable)
Be recommended by your immediate commander on AF56.
ASCP/SOAR. Must be able to complete their degree in two to four years and be considered a full time student by the university.
Have at least 24 hours of graded college course work with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Have a minimum ACT composite score of 26 or an SAT combined Reading and Math score of 1180 or an AFOQT Academic Aptitude score of 57.
Must have at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of math or physical science, or 4 semesters or 6 quarters of the same foreign language maintaining at least a C- in each course upon graduation.
Note: Degree plans that require an extra semester (ex., 2.5, 3.5 year academic plans) will not receive scholarship entitlements unless they are in a Secretary of the Air Force approved 5 year major.
POC-ERP. Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be able to complete their degree in two years and be considered a full time student by the university.
Be admitted to a school offering Air Force ROTC (including cross-town schools) in the academic major you desire to study.
Earn Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores of 15 or more on the Verbal scale and 10 or more on the Quantitative scale. Note: AFOQT scores may be waiverable for those who have taken the test twice and failed both times. Note that waivers are not guaranteed.
Pass all components of the Air Force Physical Fitness Test.
Must not be selected for reassignment prior to application submission date.
Must be medically qualified for continued enlistment, commissioning, and cleared for worldwide duty.
Must not be PRP decertified or disqualified. (Waiverable)
Must not have any restrictions (AAC, ALC, O, UIF, etc) other than a code 5. (Waiverable)
Must not have an IEB/SRB within the present enlistment. (Waiverable)
Meet retainability requirement. The earliest selects will be authorized to separate is 30 days prior to class start date. If the applicant does not meet this requirement, they must request an extension through their normal base channels.
Meet all the requirements for commissioning (physical, moral, fitness, etc.) listed in AFI 36-2013, AFROTCI 36-2011, AFI 36-2002 and AFI 36-2005.
Note: Waivers are not guaranteed. Waiver requests must reach HQ AFROTC/RRUE NET 15 July and NLT 1 September each year.
How will you afford this program?
If selected, you will separate from the Air Force. You will no longer be collecting military pay and benefits and will be living on the civilian economy like any other college student.