Helicopter Flight Training Program

Helicopter Flight Training Program

The Helicopter Flight Training Program (HFTP) is an Army scholarship that trains select Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets at Delaware State University to fly helicopters during college while laying the foundation to be future Army aviators.

Along with flight certifications, cadets receive premier leadership training. HFTP can pay for your full college tuition, full flight fees, provide a monthly stipend, and allow for full-time and part-time career options.

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Flight Training

  • 200 total hours
  • Private Pilot Certification
  • Instrument Certification
  • Commercial Certification
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certification

Leadership Training

  • Train to be a future Army officer
  • Learn to lead, problem-solve, and make critical decisions


  • Flight Fees
  • Full Tuition
  • $420/month stipend
  • $600/semester book stipend
  • Total Value = up to $220,000

Career Start

  • Foundation for a post-college career
  • Full and part-time jobs in the Army
  • High chance for Army Aviation selection
  • Opportunities in civilian aviation



  • Full-time student at Delaware State University
  • Must major in Aviation with a concentration as a Professional Pilot
  • US Citizen
  • At least 18 years old (17 with parental consent)
  • Must have taken SAT or ACT (incoming freshmen only)
  • Must have a min. 2.5 CGPA (current college students)
  • Agree to train in helicopters
  • Fully participate in the Army ROTC program
  • Pass military physical
  • Pass Class 1A flight physical
  • Pass the Army Combat Fitness Test
  • Meet Army height/weight standards
  • Agree to enter Army after graduation (full or part-time)

DSU Aviation

  • Students must maintain at least a 2.75 semester GPA
  • Must train in rotary wing aircraft (helicopter)
  • Pass Class 1A flight physical prior to classes beginning
  • Must have a FAA Student Pilot Certificate prior to classes beginning
  • Must be available for a hard- scheduled flight training, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Earn Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certifications prior to graduation

Weekly Commitments

cadet swimming
  • Physical Training (PT): 3 sessions per week
  • Military Science Class: 1 per week
  • Leadership Lab: 1 per week

Semester Commitments

cadet standing by helicopter
  • 1 weekend field training exercise (FTX) per semester
  • 1 fitness test per semester

Extra Opportunities

cadets in uniform on exercise
  • Attend Army schools (Air Assault, Airborne, etc.)
  • Project GO: spend time abroad learning a critical language


  1. APRIL - JUNE:  Applicant Evaluations
  2. MAY - JULY: Scholarship Offers Made
  3. AUGUST: ROTC Enrollment Finalized
  4. AUGUST - SEPTEMBER: Academic & Flight Training Begins
  5. FALL SEMESTER: Students Finalize Eligibility Requirements