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Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools  
Brig Gen John M. Speigel, Commander  
http://www.afoats.af.mil  


Mission: Produce leaders for the Air Force and build better citizens for America.

In 1995 the Air University (AU) Board of Visitors--an advisory board to the AU commander consisting of educators, business leaders, and retired Air Force generals--recommended that Air University bring together officer accession sources to streamline the organizational structure and reduce the commander's span of control. The Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools (AFOATS) was activated on 14 February 1997, merging the Officer Training School and the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Consisting of the two line organizations, AFOATS is the commissioning source for more than 80 percent of the Air Force's line officers and provides initial officership training to over 95 percent of its nonline force.

AFOATS furnishes coordinated leadership and policy direction of the Air Force's officer recruiting, training, and commissioning programs at Officer Training School and at Air Force ROTC detachments at 143 host universities. Its staff manages support and develops curriculum to train tomorrow's Air Force officers. The merger of AFROTC and OTS provides

  • A single focal point for Air Education and Training Command's officer accessions
  • Centralized support and curriculum areas
  • One organization to commission and train over 80 percent of Air Force officers
  • A method to smooth the production flow for both AFROTC and OTS

AFOATS senior leadership has identified five keys that are essential to the future success of the Air Force: Recruiting, educating, training, and commissioning world class Air Force officers; educating better and more productive citizens for America; providing quality support; developing a personnel life cycle for its officer accessioning programs; and continuing to improve the quality of life for its officer candidates. AFOATS also directs the Air Force's high school citizenship training program, Air Force Junior ROTC.



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