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ENLISTED COMMISSIONED PROGRAMS

The Airman Education and Commissioning Program (AECP) offers active-duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn an officer commission while completing their bachelor’s degree. Airmen selected for AECP remain on active duty, but their job is to go to school as a full-time college student. Upon completion, students attend Officer Training School (OTS) and are then assigned an officer position.The Airman Education and Commissioning Program (AECP) offers active-duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn an officer commission while completing their bachelor’s degree. Airmen selected for AECP remain on active duty, but their job is to go to school as a full-time college student. Upon completion, students attend Officer Training School (OTS) and are then assigned an officer position.

Participants receive a tuition and fees scholarship for up to $15,000 per year, plus a textbook allowance of $600 per year. AECP is open only to specific majors, including nursing, meteorology, physics, math, most engineering majors and certain foreign language and foreign-area studies specialties. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in another field may apply to participate in AECP to earn a second bachelor’s degree in one of the above-listed fields.


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. Those selected separate from active-duty Air Force, join ROTC at a participating college and become full-time students.

Participants receive tuition and fees scholarship for up to $15,000 per year, plus a textbook allowance of $600 per year. Scholarships are awarded in a variety of fields, including technical (engineering, meteorology, architecture, etc.), nontechnical, nursing, pre-health and foreign language areas, including graduate studies. If selected, Airmen may use Montgomery GI Bill benefits and also receive a tax-free monthly stipend of $250 to $400 depending on what year of school they are in.


Leaders Encouraging Airman Development (LEAD) Program allows commanders to seek out outstanding and deserving qualified Airmen for appointment to the Air Force Academy and AFROTC scholarship programs. Learn more in the Air Force Academy section.


Professional Officer Course — Early Release Program (POC-ERP) offers active-duty Airmen an opportunity for early release from active-duty Air Force to enter the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). If selected you would separate from the active-duty Air Force, join ROTC at a participating college and become a full-time student in any major. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree and completion of the two-year program, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and on active duty for at least four years.


The Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program (NECP) offers active-duty Airmen the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an in-demand career in the Air Force. NECP allows Airmen to remain on active duty and continue to receive an income while going to school full time. Airmen selected for NECP receive a tuition and fees scholarship for up to $15,000 per year, plus a textbook allowance of $600 per year.

NECP students complete their degree at a college or university that participates in ROTC. Then after passing the National Council Licensure Examination and completing both Commissioned Officer Training and the Nurse Transition Program, students are commissioned.


The Physician Assistant Training Program offers qualified individuals the advanced training they need to provide expert medical care to military personnel and their families. Only active-duty Airmen are eligible to apply for this program.