Air Force ROTC considers the personal interview to be the most critical aspect of the selection process and the weight of the point totals back this up.
Area of Consideration
Physical Fitness Assessment
The Interview is used to assess officership and leadership potential by discerning alignment of student’s values with Air Force to include:
Human relations predisposition
Planning and organizing ability
Motivation toward the Air Force
It is important to note that achievement in extracurricular activities (vice mere participation) is a key indicator of leadership and officer potential. Extracurricular activities include athletics, academic, civic organizations, student government, employment, etc.
If you are selected as a scholarship finalist, you will be directed through a notification letter. This will most likely be your geographically closest ROTC detachment to your home address. Any travel to and from the interview will be at your own expense.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (USA, Ret.) is an expert on military admissions and leadership. He served for over 25 years in the United States Army, including stints as an instructor at West Point and as a commander of two Army ROTC programs. He has helped students win ROTC scholarships for 8 years.