Penn State Air Force ROTC offering new two-year program for rising juniors

April 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rising juniors at Penn State now have the opportunity to apply and become cadets in the Air Force ROTC, joining a long and proud tradition in one of the highest-performing ROTC programs in the nation.

The new two-year program is expected to be a limited opportunity offered only during the 2017-18 school year. It was created in response to the U.S. Air Force’s anticipated increased manning needs starting in 2019. The new program will complement the traditional three- and four-year program.

This opportunity is available to those who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Expected graduation date before Sept. 30, 2019
  • Completion of four semesters as a full-time student (pursuing a bachelor's or graduate degree)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Passing fitness and medical standards
  • Good character

Those that have already earned a bachelor’s degree can participate as master’s candidates and earn tuition assistance to aid in degree completion after entering active duty.

Upon graduation and successful completion of the program, cadets are eligible to serve their country as commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force.

To begin the process, interested students should enroll in Air Force (AIR) 351 for fall 2017 in LionPATH and fill out Form 20 and Form 28 found on the Penn State Air Force ROTC website. In addition, students should contact Lt. James Trexler, Penn State Air Force ROTC, at 814-867-3273 or to discuss additional details.

Those interested in more information should also contact Trexler, or visit the Air Force ROTC office in 109 Wagner Building.

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated April 10, 2017