CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --
Staff Sgt. Goldie Silvestre, a member of the 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron, was recently selected for the Airman Scholarship & Commissioning Program.
“I had the privilege of working with Goldie toward the beginning of her career, and this selection is both awesome and expected,” stated Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, Command Chief Air Force Special Operations Command. “She is an amazing Airman to say the least.”
According to information available on the Air University website, the ASCP offers active duty enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn a commission who can complete all bachelor degree and commissioning requirements in 2 to 4 years as an Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet. Applicants must have at least 24 hours of graded college course work with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and have a minimum ACT composite score of 26, or an SAT combined Reading and Math score of 1180 or an AFOQT Academic Aptitude score of 57.
“It is an honor to be selected for this program among the numerous Airmen I am sure applied this cycle,” Silvestre said. “This is a huge achievement for me and I cannot wait for the challenges that lie ahead.”
Silvestre’s selection means she will transition from the active-duty Air Force and join an Air Force ROTC detachment, and become a full-time college student. The Air Force will provide her with a tuition and fees scholarship of up to $18,000 annually, along with an annual textbook allowance and monthly nontaxable stipend. This scholarship will be awarded for 2 to 4 years, depending on how many years Silvestre has remaining in her bachelor's degree program. Upon graduation and completion of the program, she will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and will then be returned to active duty with a military obligation of 4 years on active status and 4 years within the Reserves.
“I will be majoring in business administration,” said Silvestre. “I would love to go back to contracting if given the opportunity; but of course, I will do whatever the Air Force asks of me.”
Wondering how Silvestre was selected among all applicants? A selection board is held once per year. The board utilizes the "whole person" concept to evaluate each applicant. As part of the board process, applicants are evaluated on their ability to put their package together in the proper format in accordance with the ECP Package Checklist and directions on this site.
While the board considers 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 overall eligibility.
Airmen selected then receive instructions and are required to complete additional post selection actions. Once all actions have been completed, they are authorized to separate no earlier than 10 days prior to their class start date the following fall term.
“My class does not begin until August,” said Silvestre. “I am very sad to say goodbye to my Cannon teammates; we are a family here and I cannot say enough how much I will miss this incredible squadron.”
And selection is no small feat. ASCP board selection percentages have dropped dramatically within previous years; statistics available online show that in 2011 the selection rate was nearly 90 percent, whereas in 2014 they were only about 25 percent.
So who is eligible? Prospective applicants should consider the criteria below:
-Be a United States citizen.
-Meet the age requirements.
-Have at least one year Time-In-Service. (Waiverable)
-Have at least one year Time-On-Station at board convening date. (Board is held in December
-Have served at least half of an overseas tour one month prior to class start date. (Waiverable)
-Be recommended by your immediate commander on AF56.
-Must be able to complete their degree in two to four years and be considered a full time student by the university.
-Have at least 24 hours of graded college course work with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
-Have a minimum ACT composite score of 26 or an SAT combined Reading and Math score of 1180 or an AFOQT Academic Aptitude score of 57.
-Must have at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of math or physical science, or 4 semesters or 6 quarters of the same foreign language maintaining at least a C- in each course upon graduation.
While the above is not all-inclusive, Airmen can research more detailed requirements in: AFI 36-2013, AFROTCI 36-2011, AFI 36-2002 and AFI 36-2005.
If selected, you will separate from the Air Force and no longer collect military pay or benefits – members will be living on the civilian economy like any other college student.
“I cannot express enough how honored and thankful I am to be chosen for this program,” Silvestre said. “I would not be where I am today without the trust, support and guidance of my peers and leadership.”
For those members who are interested in applying, take a look at the program application page