Officer Recruiting Diversity Program (ORDP) offers young minority students a mentoring program to improve eligibility for scholarships and preparation for a career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force
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Fairfax, VA — The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Command (AFROTC) has issued a contract to ASYNCROB to assist in the nationwide recruitment of minority officer candidates, who meet predetermined qualifications for Air Force commissioning/scholarships, for a career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. This program is called the Officer Recruiting Diversity Program (ORDP). This program will specifically target the Hispanic American, African American, and Native American Indian and Asian American communities.
The goal of this program is to increase the number of minority candidates who meet the qualifications to be an officer in the U.S. Air Force. This program is unique due to its early mentoring and recruiting of the students (beginning at age 12) and the aviation-centric learning opportunities it provides. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring this program to America’s minority students and helping the AFROTC in meeting and exceeding their goal of increasing diversity within the Officer ranks of the Air Force.” Said James Robinson, CEO of ASYNCROB based in Fairfax, VA. Mr. Robinson himself was commissioned through the ROTC program in 1973 and is surprised to find that many of the same obstacles he faced while trying to pursue a career in the Air Force are still very prevalent today.
“We will be working closely with the AFJROTC, AFROTC, schools and a number of community organizations to assist us in identifying the student candidates in the geographical areas with the largest number of minority students,” explains Houston Roberson, Program Manager responsible for the recruitment effort at ASYNCROB, “We will implement an aggressive, tailored recruitment plan for each region of the country and particularly target areas with a diverse cultural makeup” he continues.
Anyone can refer a student to the ORDP and ASYNCROB is encouraging everyone who learns about the program to get involved; schools, parents, community organizations, chambers of commerce, businesses, or any organization with an interest in helping minority students become aware of this opportunity. Students can also go online directly to request information for themselves or to refer a friend. For more details and additional information on how to become a participant or how to get your community involved call toll-free 1.877.691.3174.
The program is composed of two parts:
The first is focused on students aged 12 through 17 who are contacted through their parent or legal guardian and are offered the opportunity to participate and be mentored in the ORDP. Parental permission is required before any contact will be made with a student under the age of 18 years. ASYNCROB will match students with a mentor who will help direct the candidate to space and aviation focused programs appropriate to their age. Examples of these programs are:
- Aviation Career Enhancement (ACE) Camps (sponsored by the Organization of Black Airline Pilots)
- Space Camp,
- Junior ROTC,
- Eagle Scout Explorer Program,
- Civil Air Patrol,
- Local rocketry and
- Model airplane building programs.
The second component of the program is for student candidates who have completed the mentoring during ages 12-17 or are high school seniors (home-schooled equivalent are also welcome), college freshmen and sophomores with a strong interest in a career as an Air Force officer. Student candidates will be mentored to increase their physical, mental and academic competitiveness for Air Force ROTC scholarship programs. For more details and additional information on how to become a participant or how to get your community involved call toll free 1.877.691.3174.
There are a number of scholarships that the students can be eligible for upon completion of the mentoring program including but not limited to technical and non-technical majors such as Computer, Electrical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Biology, Economics, and Foreign Area/Foreign language studies. The possibilities are extensive and represent the broad spectrum of careers with the US Air Force.
ABOUT THE AIR FORCE RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORP (AFROTC) AND AIR FORCE JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORP (AFJROTC)
Air Force ROTC is an undergraduate program that is available to students at over 1,000 college and university campuses across the U.S. and prepares young men and women to become active duty officers in the United States Air Force. For more details and additional information go to www.afrotc.com.
Junior ROTC is a civil (rather than a military program). The objectives of JROTC are to educate and train high school students (cadets) in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies, and space exploration. For more details and additional information go tohttp://www.afoats.af.mil/AFJROTC/index.asp.
ASYNCROB is a service disabled veteran-owned small business with headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2001, James E Robinson IV started the company with customers in the commercial telecommunications realm. Mr. Robinson was commissioned through the ROTC program in 1973 and is surprised to find that many of the same obstacles he faced are still very prevalent in today’s Air Force. ASYNCROB’s initial focus was in the telecommunications arena (sales/service, convergence IT and Telephony). Over the past few years, ASYNCROB has migrated to the government sector providing a variety of organizational support services in key areas such as human resources, recruitment, telecommunications management and support, records management, information center (help desk) operations, training seminars, and a full range of administrative support services