Cadets are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to have sufficient funds available for their families while they are away at training. Due to in processing dates and procedures, it may be up to 4 weeks before the cadet begins receiving military pay. In some cases, it may be as many as 6 weeks before you are paid. However, OTS is committed to ensuring cadets begin receiving pay in a timely manner.
You should also set up a direct deposit bank account prior to arrival. If you processed through a recruiter or MEPS, you must arrive with a completed direct deposit form certified by your financial institution.
Early in the training, you will be making a large purchase at AAFES. This means that you need to arrive with sufficient funds in the form of cash, debit card, or credit card. Also, you will need to notify your bank of the large prior to the purchase on Maxwell AFB before to ensure the bank does not block the transaction.
You should also bring $300 in cash for incidentals while you are here at OTS. This is not required and you will have access to ATM's as you progress through the program, just not in the first couple of weeks.
If you would like to obtain a Military Star Card, you will be provided with an application when you in-proces. Note: To obtain a Military Star Card you will need to be already enrolled in DEERS (which will happen on the second day of training for those of you new to the military) and a credit check will be conducted before you are approved.
Earnings as an Cadet
While you are at OTS you will receive standard Air Force leave and earnings. You will be paid as an AF E-5 unless you hold a higher AF rank, and are coming straight from active duty to OTS. If you come to OTS from another service you will be given the temporary rank of E-5 no matter what rank you were in your previous service. You will not be paid Basic Allowance for Subsistence while you are at OTS even if you maintain a household elsewhere. This link below will allow you to check the current AF officer and enlisted pay scale:
You will accrue leave at a rate of 2.5 days per calendar month, and be paid according to your rank and time in service.
Leave is normally not a consideration during OTS training. However, there are instances when you may be allowed to take leave, or may have to take leave. Primarily leave is a factor at OTS if you must take emergency leave. Emergency leave is usually given for a death or serious illness in your immediate family. If your family has an emergency situation that requires you to return home they should contact the Maxwell AFB Command Post (334-953-7333) and they will contact OTS directly. Emergency leave will not be denied.
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