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. The AFROTC interview is worth 45% of whether or not you earn the scholarship!

Area of ConsiderationPoints
Interview 450
Unweighted GPA 200
SATe (SAT/ACT) 300
Physical Fitness Assessment 50
Total Points1000


The Interview is used to assess officership and leadership potential by discerning alignment of student’s values with Air Force to include:

  • Character/core values
  • Self-confidence
  • Human relations predisposition
  • Planning and organizing ability
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Motivation toward the Air Force

AFROTC Interview Questions

Here are some typical questions you will receive that cover these areas:

  • Why do you want to be an Air Force officer?
  • What do you know about Air Force ROTC?
  • How would you define integrity? Give me an example of an experience you’ve had or observed regarding a failure of integrity or honor.
  • What is important to you? What are your priorities? How do you reconcile things when you have too much to do?
  • Do you like to do projects in groups or individually?
  • Have you ever experienced working with others different than yourself? What did you learn from that experience?
  • Tell me about a time you led others in a project or a goal.
  • Tell me about a time you had a failure. What happened and what did you learn from it?

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.

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How to Improve your AFROTC Scholarship Interview

Some of the things you can do to improve your AFROTC scholarship interview score are the following:

  • STUDY the types of questions and the criteria Air Force ROTC will use to score your interview that are found in the online course available here.
  • Bring a copy of your resume and list of leadership and activities.
  • Understand the Air Force ROTC program and the U.S. Air Force. Do your research before you arrive. Websites such as and go into depth about ROTC and the Air Force. Talk to current or former Air Force officers. Visit a local Air Force base or Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve base if you can. Mention you have done so in your interview.
  • If possible, visit the ROTC program closest to your home of record before the interview. This shows that you are interested in ROTC and have spoken to cadets and instructors. You are also required to interview at your closest program so the more you know the cadre, the more at ease you will be in your interview.
  • Dress to impress. Ask the point of contact on the interview letter for preferences in this regard. In most cases, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Overall, preparation is the key to doing well on the Air Force ROTC interview. Given that it counts for 45% of the overall total for the scholarship, you have to do well on it to be selected.

We wish you the best as you prepare to become an officer in the U.S. Air Force through Air Force ROTC.