The Language Flagship concept promotes strategic partnerships between the federal government and the educational community with the goal of building language programs that produce a cohort of professionally proficient language speakers. The Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program is a joint initiative between AFROTC and the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO).
AFROTC scholarships tied to participation in Flagship programs and initiatives may be awarded to active cadets for a maximum of 4 years. DLNSEO will further provide funding for a fifth year Capstone program abroad, as well as attendance in intensive summer language programs, as needed.
As a Flagship AFROTC cadet (even if you’re not on a Flagship scholarship), you may become eligible for additional benefits such as tax-free monthly stipends and annual performance-based incentive pay during school, and competitive priority consideration for Air Force career fields and assignments. You’ll receive world-class leadership and professional development training, education, and experience during your time in the Air Force officer cadet corps.
Graduates of an IU Flagship language program are not locked into any specific Air Force specialty. In fact, Flagship cadets are eligible to apply for virtually any of the dozens of Air Force officer career fields including rated (flying) duty. As an officer serving on active duty in the United States Air Force, Flagship graduates also have the opportunity to apply for language proficiency-based bonus pay. They gain valuable leadership, management, technical, and operational experience in the world’s finest air, space, and cyberspace force.
Once you are in the Air Force, the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is a great opportunity to maintain your language skills. The purpose of LEAP is to sustain, enhance and utilize the existing language skills and talents of Airmen. More information on LEAP can be found here.
To become eligible for an AFROTC Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship, you must first be a cadet in good standing with IU’s Air Force ROTC program and successfully qualify for one of IU’s Flagship language programs. You must then continue to meet proficiency requirements for participation in selected summer language programs and the fifth year overseas Capstone program. Additional scholarship requirements include a 2.5 minimum term and cumulative GPA, a certified medical evaluation, a passing physical fitness assessment score for the current term of scholarship award, and at least one standardized test score from the ACT, SAT, or the Air Force’s own Air Force Officer Qualifying Test.
For more information about AFROTC membership, current scholarship eligibility requirements and details, as well as what a career as an officer in the United States Air Force might mean to you, contact IU’s Air Force ROTC program at firstname.lastname@example.org, (800)-IUB-ROTC, or online at https://afrotc.indiana.edu/.