11-26-2014: The Fiscal Year 2016 Rated Categorization Board
The Fiscal Year 2016 rated categorization board is scheduled for 5-6 Feb 15. The selection process for The board will be held to select/identify:
a. FY16 Pilot candidates
b. FY16 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) candidates
c. FY16 Combat Systems Officer (CSO) candidates
d. FY16 Air Battle Management (ABM) candidates
Contracted POC cadets and cadets in pursuing status, scheduled for commissioning between 1 Oct 15 and 30 Sep 16, may apply for rated categorization (if qualified). The sequence of these boards will be Pilot, CSO, RPA and ABM.
The Order of Merit (OM) scores will be calculated based on 40% PCSM (Pilot, RPA); AFOQT NAV (CSO); or AFOQT-ABM (ABM), 15% Field Training, 10% Physical Fitness, 10% CGPA, 25% Commander's Ranking.
This year, cadets will be able to associate a preference level with their rated choices. For example, a cadet may want to be CSO more than RPA. The cadet will board for CSO before boarding for RPA. Nomination details will be forthcoming prior to the board nomination panel opening up. In the meantime, cadets should be considering their preferences.
Cadets will be volunteering for RATED DUTY and may be selected for any rated position for which they are qualified. For example, cadets cannot say "I volunteer for pilot, but not RPA or CSO or ABM." Additionally, a cadet can not be nominated for Pilot who is not PPQ (Potentially Pilot Qualified). Cadets who are PPQ should annotate whether they are also volunteers for ENJJPT (Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training).
Cadets who decline an awarded rated slot will no longer be eligible for ANY rated slot in AFROTC and will be re-categorized by AFPC. They might be able to compete for an active duty (AD) rated slot after the minimum time in their non-rated AFSC, subject to the AD board requirements.
Cadets who were given a Rated EA during the POC Selection Process must volunteer for rated duty, if qualified.
On the FY16 Rated Position Consideration Memorandum, cadets annotate whether they are a volunteer for Rated Duty, and if Potentially Pilot Qualified (PPQ), whether they desire to volunteer for ENJJPT.
Waiver requests impacting applicants for categorization must be received by RRFP NLT COB on 5 Jan 15. Waivers submitted after this date may not be processed in time to allow applicants to meet the board.
Pilot and RPA applicants must take the TBAS and receive a Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score. The TBAS and total flight hours must be received by AETC on or before 6 Jan 15 to ensure a valid PCSM score is available by the board cut-off date. Flying hours flown after 1 Jan 15 will not be counted. IAW HQ AETC/SAS requirements, the Detachment Commander will certify actual flying hours (first pilot, not passenger hours) by reviewing the cadet’s flight log. PCSM scores and procedures for updating flying hours can be obtained at http://access.afpc.af.mil/pcsmdmz/index.html.
The deadline to nominate applicants for rated categorization is 16 Jan 15.
The board will convene on 5 Feb 15.
Categorization board results are projected for release on or about 13 Feb 15.
11-17-2014: Georgia Tech - Study Abroad Scholarships Cadets
Georgia Institute of Technology offers Project Global Officer (Project GO) program for University of Nebraska at Omaha Air Force ROTC Cadets. Project GO is a DoD initiative that provides summer study abroad scholarships to ROTC students for foreign language study (students do not have to be language majors to participate). These are extremely generous scholarships that pay for tuition, program fees, airfare, room & board, and most other costs associated with participation.
ROTC students from any university (both contracted and non-contracted) are eligible to apply for a Project GO scholarship. Last year Georgia Tech provided scholarships to 28 ROTC students from 15 different universities. 16 of these students were Air Force cadets.
Georgia Tech offers scholarships for study in the following languages and locations:
1) Chinese (Shanghai & Qingdao, China)
2. 2) Korean (Seoul, South Korea) - Pictured!
3. 3) Russian (Riga, Latvia & Vilnius, Lithuania)
Students earn college credit while abroad that they can transfer to their home institutions. Contracted cadets are eligible for the Foreign Language Special Pay Bonus after completing the program. Georgia Tech also has some flexibility in program dates to accommodate students who have summer military training obligations. You can learn more at rotcprojectgo.org. This site contains application instructions and information about available programs. Georgia Tech's application for summer 2015 is 12 January 2015.
First option: Students with no former language experience will be trained domestically at the University of Kansas over 8 weeks in either Arabic, Chinese, Korean or Russian, covering topics usually taught in the first two semesters of language study. Their tuition, books, fees and dorm room with meal plan will be covered. Students who perform well will have the chance of getting more scholarship money to participate in an 8-week study abroad the following summer in 2016: Language maintenance tutors will be available during the interim via Skype.
Second option: Students with at least one semester of Arabic have the chance to study Arabic abroad in Morocco at Al-Akhawayn University for eight weeks. Attached picture of the area around the University. This option is available to upper-beginner, intermediate and advanced level students with a placement test being conducted on the ground in Morocco. Classes will provide nearly 160 contact hours and take students on a few excursions to culturally relevant sites. Upon return, language maintenance tutors will be provided via Skype.
Last summer, KU had 16 students studying four languages on site at KU and also sent 9 students to Morocco. The students remarked that language learning was fun, but that the courses were really intensive and that they would only recommend it to others who were up to that kind of challenge.
Potential applicants should find out the details here: http://projectgo.ku.edu .
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is seeking applications from college ROTC students nationwide for summer 2015 China program. The program is sponsored by Project Global Officer. If accepted, full scholarship is guaranteed.
The program dates are June 12-August 16, 2015. Instead of the traditional grammar and drill teaching, and staying in dorms/hotels, the ERAU program uses Chinese language to teach 3 subject matters, as well as providing home stay. The subject matters are speech, applied cross-culture communication, and introduction to geography. As a result of the design of the program, one should make great improvement in Chinese language as well as gaining subject and cultural knowledge. 88% students in 2014 program gained in their language proficiency. Fieldtrips to famous sites are part of the program activities.
ROTC students of Chinese or heritage students are eligible to apply.
Please let Lt Col Chocolaad know if you intend to apply
REMINDER: ACE Application Deadline is 7 December 2014 midnight EST.
Subject: Paid Internship Opportunity-Summer 2015 (27 May-7 Aug 2015)
The Air Force Senior Scientist for Information Assurance invites the best
and brightest to apply for the 2015 Advanced Course in Engineering
Internship program. Hosted by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY
for thirteen years running, the internship focuses on ensuring critical
mission success in a contested cyber environment. Interns are challenged
both mentally and physically in a vigorous ten week course that espouses
technical excellence, superior communication skills and on-time performance.
To re-enforce these core values, interns are exposed to a demanding
technical environment as well as a dynamic leadership development component
which focuses on applying critical decision making skills in a high stress
technical environment. Interns receive lodging, travel allowance and a
generous stipend. Alumni from this program are currently employed in
leadership positions within the US Government, Intelligence Community,
Department of Defense and Industry.
Requirements: US Citizen
Majors: CS, CE, EE, Physics or Math
Recommended 3.5 GPA
Eligible for security clearance
Deadline Applications must be submitted before December 7, 2014 midnight
Candidates who hold US Citizenship and qualify for a Department of Defense
security clearance may apply by emailing a single PDF file with the
following items to IAST@us.af.mil:
.Unofficial college transcripts (including transfer credits courses)
.A 100-word biography (include hobbies, interest, goals, etc.) with a recent
.Two letters of recommendations from individuals familiar with your academic
Contact Lt Col Chocolaad if you are interested.
08-07-2014: Advanced Cyber Education
ACE is a a summer program for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets studying computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. The program consists of an instructional component and cyber war games, hands-on internships and cyber officer development days that focus on the study of cyber and its unique leadership challenges.
More information is available here: http://www.afit.edu/ccr/ace/
To inquire about the Omaha Campus, call 402-554-2318 or email email@example.com