The links below will lead you to more information concerning financial, medical, and personnel paperwork relevant to OTS. It is recommended you read through this page entirely before proceeding to the link that corresponds to your circumstance.
OTS does not restrict your right to receive mail. Mail will be delivered five days a week through the squadron postal officer; postal services are available on base at the Maxwell Post Office. If there is an emergency and your family must contact you quickly they can call the Maxwell AFB Command Post at 334-953-7333.
During the time that you are in training at OTS you will hold the temporary rank of E-5 (Staff Sergeant) in the United States Air Force. If you are a Prior Enlisted Trainee that comes here with the rank of E-6 or higher, you will retain said rank. Upon graduation you will be commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
If you come straight from active duty to OTS and do not make it through OTS, you will go back to duty as an enlisted person and revert back to the rank and assignment you were at before you came to OTS. It is also possible you will be sent to a new duty assignment as part of that process.
While you are at OTS you will also be given Officer Trainee (OT) rank. Early on in the program you will be have the opportunity to earn a position of responsibility in the OT Wing. Each position comes with a specific OT rank; these ranks vary from OT 2d Lt all the way to an OT Col. However, these ranks are only OTS training ranks and do not entitle you to added pay or benefits. While you are an OT you will render proper customs and courtesies to all OTs senior in rank, all uniformed military officers, and all foreign officers. Active duty enlisted personnel do not have to render you a salute, or acknowledge you as an officer.
OTS is an extremely structured program. There is very little personal time, especially during the first four to six weeks. You will likely not have the opportunity to visit family or spend any time off Maxwell AFB until at least training week six. After training week six you will be able to earn off base privileges. These privileges allow you to leave the base at approximately 1300 hrs on Saturday and return by 2230 that evening. Additional privilege time is available on Sunday with trainees returning by 1930 hrs. However, do not plan to earn off base privileges as some in the past have had their privileges revoked for various reasons.
To access the government network you must be on a government computer and you will be required to complete Information Assurance (IA) Training which must not expire during your time here. Those who do not have access to the AF Portal and/or ADLS prior to coming to OTS will accomplish the training once they receive their Common Access Cards (CAC). If you were able to accomplish the Cyber Awareness Training through ADLS, and it is current through your entire time at OTS, bring a copy of your certificate with you to turn in.
While at OTS, you will be issued a government laptop for your use; there is also a computer lab for trainee use. Typically there are two laptops per dorm room and they shall stay there and only be used on the government network (not MiFi), which requires a CAC. These laptops are loaded with all programs necessary for completion of the many letters, forms, and briefing assignments you will be required to accomplish here. All laptops are equipped with DVD R/RW drives, USB ports (flash drives not allowed), wireless internet and Ethernet ports. Shared printers are available both in the dorms and in the academic building.
The laptops have DVD R/RW and USB ports HOWEVER, per US Air Force policy (AFMAN 33-282) you will not be allowed to connect personally procured media devises nor external storage devices (i.e. external hard drives, USB thumb drives)
The government laptops are for your use here at OTS and on base, in your dorms only. You are responsible for the care and security of this government equipment while it is in your possession.
Personal computers and printers are highly encouraged. You will be able to access any appropriate civilian website for personal business through the Mi-Fi on the OTS campus when you are not participating in scheduled military training. More specific rules will be briefed upon arrival. Please note that space is limited and you will be responsible for ensuring that your computer equipment is neat and orderly.
A limited number of government owned laptops are available to be issued to OTs for personal use. These laptops may be taken to class and other places on base as necessary to accomplish OTS related tasks. They will be required to sign for possession of these laptops, and must understand that if loss or damage occurs and is found to be due to the negligence of the user, they may be held liable for the replacement costs of the equipment. These laptops can connect to the non-government network (MiFi) but are not to be connected to the government network.
For JROTC related questions please call Comm (334) 953-7513
For OTS - AMS related questions please call Comm (334) 953-8424
For OTS - BOT related questions please call Comm (334) 953-9675
For OTS - COT/RCOT related questions please call Comm (334) 953-0349
For those interested in attending BOT or COT, please utilize www.airforce.com to locate a recruiter in your area.
If you are having problems contacting a recruiter or have questions regarding what a recruiter has provided you, please contact 1-800-423-USAF(8723).
For ROTC and BOT Enlisted related questions please call your local Education Office. Not going through your local Education Office can prevent acceptance into a ROTC/BOT program.
For all other ROTC related questions please call AFROTC Recruiting at 1 (866) 4AFROTC