The Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program (ASCP) offers active duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn a commission while completing their bachelor's degree as an Air Force ROTC cadet.
The primary difference between this program and the Airman Education & Commissioning Program (AECP) is that under AECP one remains on active duty (drawing full pay and allowances), and under this program, airmen are discharged from active duty (and therefore do not receive active duty pay and allowances).
Additionally, it's much easier to be accepted for this program. Recent selection rates for this program have been:
- December 2003 - 82%
- December 2002 - 16%
- April 2002 - 85%
- November 2001 - 98%
- April 2001 - 94%
Scholarships are awarded in a variety of fields. Selections are based on AF officer production requirements. The majority of the offers will be given to individuals pursuing a degree in Technical Tier 1, Technical Tier 2, or Technical Tier 3 majors. There are opportunities for individuals pursuing degrees in Non-technical Tier 4 majors, however, opportunities are limited and extremely competitive. All academic majors are grouped into tiers, based on the critical needs of the associated career field or technical AFSC. The following tiered academic majors are listed in descending order of importance and are subject to change:
- Technical--Tier 1: Computer, Electrical, and Environmental Engineering, Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences
- Technical--Tier 2: Aeronautical, Aerospace, Architectural, Astronautical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering
- Technical--Tier 3: All other ABET-accredited engineering majors, Architecture, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research, and Physics
- Non-technical--Tier 4: all other majors
Upon graduation and completion of the program, participants are commissioned as a second lieutenant and then returned to active duty (typically within 60 days of commissioning) for at least four years.
A selection board is held meet once a year. The board utilizes the "whole person" concept to evaluate applicants. While board consider all documents in an application package, they typically focus on the commander's recommendation, the airman's duty performance history, and the applicant's academic performance to determine the applicant's eligibility. Application packages must reach HQ AFROTC/RRUE by 15 October each year. Late packages or late waiver requests are not accepted.
To be eligible for this program you must:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Be under age 31 on December 31 of the year you will graduate and earn your commission. Note: For applicants applying for Nursing: Title 10, United States Code (USC), Section 12201 authorizes the appointment of fully qualified health professions officers (Nurses) beyond age 31. Nurse applicants may be commissioned prior to their 47th birthday, pending the needs of the Air Force.
- Have at least one year Time-In-Service (Waiverable - except for pipeline technical school students--Note that waivers are not guaranteed).
- Have at least one year Time-On-Station (Waiverable--Note that waivers are not guaranteed).
- Be recommended by your immediate commander.