New/Incoming AFROTC Students

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Congratulations on selecting Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 028!  You've taken the first step on an exciting path towards an outstanding academic and leadership education, with the potential to commission as a lieutenant in the world's most respected Air, Space and Cyberspace Force.  I want to briefly remind you of some additional expectations as you prepare to join us.

First, for any student who has not received an AFROTC scholarship, you are still welcome to join AFROTC.  There may be in-college scholarships available competitively for those who display academic and military excellence.  Additional details on these opportunities be found at  

For new students arriving in the Fall Semester, please register for AF 101 and AF 101L. Once you are registered we will send you a “Zero Week” schedule with the dates and times you will need to arrive on campus to complete your in-processing.  Zero week is always scheduled for the Monday-Wednesday prior to Prescott Campus orientation. Information is usually sent out in early June, and then weekly as students register.  If you do not receive any correspondence please contact us to ensure we have your correct information.

All new AFROTC applicants must complete the online “Check In”. This will provide us the information needed to prepare for your arrival.

Required Documents

AFROTC requires several documents for membership which are listed in the Applicant Checklist.  You MUST have a current sports physical to participate in AFROTC activities, and it must be on the AFROTC Form 28, Air Force ROTC Pre-participatory Sports Physical. Although the university’s Wellness Center can accommodate a limited number of these physicals, we strongly recommend you complete your physical before your arrival to avoid delays in your participation in the program. 

In addition to the documents listed in the Applicant checklist, you will be required to report any adverse involvements that you have had with law enforcement or school officials.  Please review your history and be prepared to document the following:  type of involvement, date of involvement, name and address of arresting authority/court, and disposition/sentence. 

How Can I Prepare?

Many ask what they can do over the summer to be better prepared for AFROTC.  Attending to your physical fitness is perhaps the most important.  A mock Fitness Assessment will be conducted within the first 30 days of the academic term (but not during “Zero Week” orientation).  It consists of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run.  Note:  Prescott’s elevation is over 5,000 feet above sea level.  It’s extremely important to have practiced these events prior to your arrival to help with the acclimatization.  Standards can be accessed here.  In addition to physical fitness, new Freshmen Cadets are required to wear business casual until they receive their dress blues in the Spring term.  Business Casual will consist of Khaki pants, a black belt, black shoes and either a purchased Detachment polo or a polo shirt.  Detachment Polos can be purchased at “Zero Week” or at any time from the Cadet Uniform Room. 

Again, congratulations on choosing ERAU Prescott and AFROTC Detachment 028—“The Best in the West!”  We're excited that you will be joining us and look forward to helping you reach your academic and professional goals.  If you have any further questions, please call us at 1-800-888-ERAU, ext 3868 or e-mail us at


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