Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps has openings for qualified college freshmen and special consideration at this time of year for sophomores who are interested in entering the Air Force ROTC program beginning this term. Scholarships are available that can pay up to full tuition, books and fees.

The deadline for completion of the application-and-interview process is Jan. 2.

New this year is the $200 per-school-month, tax-free stipend (up from $150). Following graduation from college and successful completion of ROTC, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. They receive starting pay of more than $28,000 per year (with more than $47,000 in four years), 30 days’ vacation with pay, free medical and dental care, 75 percent tuition assistance when pursuing advanced degrees and many other benefits such as travel, life insurance and retirement.

The purpose of ROTC is to prepare selected college students for careers as commissioned officers. Almost every academic major can be applied in a related Air Force career field. Whether a student wants to fly, investigate or simply work with people, the Air Force offers opportunities to qualified individuals in careers such as pilot, special investigations officer (the military equivalent to FBI), public affairs officer and more.

Students are encouraged to visit the Aerospace Studies office in the lower level of Foley Theater.

For more information, contact Major Greg Kadrlik, (651) 962-6329, or send e-mail to gakadrlik@stthomas.edu.