Scholarships For Outstanding Airman To ROTC (SOAR)
The Scholarship for Outstanding Airman to ROTC (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 are not authorized to pursue a second bachelors or graduate degree.
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 of $900, and a monthly nontaxable stipend of $250-$500. This scholarship will be awarded for 2 to 4 years, depending on how many years you have remaining in your bachelor's degree program. Airmen with some or no college credit may apply for the 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 during the Spring Semester before entering the POC.
Students awarded a scholarship must have 24 semester/36 quarter hours of math/physical science or 4 semesters/6 quarters of a foreign language before they commission.
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.
Note: Failure to pass the NCLEX may result in disenrollment from ROTC or 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 FOAs/DRUs other than AIA are selected from a Small Units selection board that meets at HQ AFROTC at Maxwell). Three allocations are set aside for enlisted recruiters selected by the Air Force Recruiting Service (AETC/RS). There are 54 SOAR allocations and they are divided among the MAJCOMs/FOAs/DRUs based upon MAJCOM enlisted strength. The following table shows the distribution of SOAR allocations:
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 for SOAR will begin classes 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 to a follow-on board at Maxwell.
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 for this program you must:
Be a United States citizen.
Be under age 31 on December 31 of the year you will graduate and earn your commission. (NOT WAIVERABLE)
Have at least one year Time-In-Service. (Waiverable)
Have at least one year Time-On-Station. (Waiverable)
Be recommended by your immediate commander.
Have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average of graded college work.
If you do not have graded college work, you must have earned an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or an SAT1 combined Reading and Math score of 1100 or more.
Must be able to complete their degree in two to four years.
Be admitted to a school offering Air Force ROTC (including cross-town schools) and 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.
Meet all the requirements for commissioning (physical, moral, fitness, etc.) listed in AFI 36-2013, chapter 1, and AFI 36-2005.
Must not be selected for reassignment prior to submission of the application.
Meet the requirement for retainability. The earliest selects will be authorized to separate is 10 days prior to class start date. If the applicant does not meet this requirement, they must request an extension through their normal base channels. If the applicant does not have enough time remaining on their assignment/DOS, they will be ineligible to apply for a commissioning program.
Special rules apply for those who need a TOS or DEROS waiver. See the program application page for more details.
Note:Waivers are not guaranteed. Waiver requests must reach HQ AFROTC/RRUE postmarked NET 15 July and NLT 1 September.
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.
For JROTC related questions please call Comm (334) 953-7513
For OTS - AMS related questions please call Comm (334) 953-8425
For OTS - BOT related questions please call Comm (334) 953-9675
For OTS - COT/RCOT related questions please call Comm (334) 953-0349
For those interested in attending BOT or COT, please utilize www.airforce.com to locate a recruiter in your area.
If you are having problems contacting a recruiter or have questions regarding what a recruiter has provided you, please contact 1-800-423-USAF(8723).
For ROTC and BOT Enlisted related questions please call your local Education Office. Not going through your local Education Office can prevent acceptance into a ROTC/BOT program.
For all other ROTC related questions please call AFROTC Recruiting at 1 (866) 4AFROTC