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  • Do I have to be enrolled as a student at Manhattan College to be a part of Detachment 560?
    No, you do not have to attend Manhattan College to enroll in Air Force ROTC Detachment 560. We have cadets from several "crosstown" schools in the New York City Area. Click here for a comprehensive list of our schools.
  • What do I need to do to join?
    To be eligible, you must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours) at Manhattan College or one of our 13 crosstown campuses. To join click here for our application process.
  • Do I have to join Air Force ROTC as a freshman?
    No. Any student with at least three years remaining in their studies, or who can dedicate 5 consecutive full-time semesters, is eligible to join. Please call us at (718) 862-7201 so we can determine if you have enough time remaining in your studies to complete Air Force ROTC.
  • What jobs does the Air Force and Space Force have?

    If there is a job in the civilian sector, something similar exists in the Air Force and Space Force. Check out the Air Force Career Page for more details.

  • Are there any restrictions as to what students select as their academic major?
    No restrictions at all. In fact, you are encouraged to take a curriculum you are interested in and in which you have the capability to succeed.  
  • Are there scholarships or other financial benefits?
    Yes! Most of our students receive financial assistance and while many begin without a scholarship, they often earn one later. One of the perks of AFROTC is that students under 30 will earn $9k per semester from the Air Force to put towards tuition when they reach their junior year. In addition, you will receive a $300-$500 monthly cash stipend, and a $900 annual book stipend. Furthermore, all juniors and seniors who attend MC and earn the partial scholarship will have the remainder of their tuition paid for. In addition, Manhattan College students who receive the full AFROTC scholarship (only applicable to high school seniors) can have their housing paid for by the school. Visit and see the scholarships page for more information. 
  • What is an example of a typical Friday Schedule?
    All of our training sessions take place on Fridays. Students must make every effort to arrange their academic schedules to be completely open on Fridays, studying their academic majors from Monday through Thursday, so they can be on the Manhattan College campus for the entire day on Friday. Mandatory activities start between 7:30 and 9:30 AM and end by 5:30 PM. Most students stay later to participate in extracurricular activities, seek additional training and mentorship, or simply get together for dinner or other morale-boosting events. 
  • Will I have to go to boot camp?
    AFROTC cadets participate in a two-week training program during the summer between their second and third year in AFROTC. This two-week program is called "Field Training" and it is the AFROTC equivalent of boot camp, or, as the Air Force and Space Force call it, Basic Military Training. You will spend your first two years in the AFROTC program learning the skills that you will need to be successful at Field Training, which 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 and Space 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 or Space 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 are not a high school scholarship winner, you have the first two years of your AFROTC career to decide if the Air Force/Space 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 service. 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 or Space Force officer.

    Be sure to select the "register" link above and sign up for one of our virtual information sessions so we can give you the most current information regarding all things AFROTC. 

  • I have a medical condition. Can I still join AFROTC?

    To become a fully qualified cadet, you must take and pass a DoDMERB (Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board) physical. This exam will be provided to you at no cost within your first few weeks of participating in AFROTC.

    All medical qualification decisions are made by a team of medical professionals on a case-by-case basis. Students who are concerned about something in their medical history are encouraged to discuss the issue with the AFROTC detachment staff; however, we do not have the expertise or authority to make final judgments about your qualifications for the program.

  • 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 us at (718) 862-7201 or by email at