Graduation Week Information
Graduation week is the highlight of the time spent at OTS. It is the culmination of months of hard work and determination. Because being commissioned as an Air Force officer is a once in a lifetime event, the events during Graduation Week are special for our Officer Trainees (OT), as well as their family and friends.
The Family Orientation is designed to provide spouses, fiancés, and their dependents with insight into life of an Air Force Officer's family. Great for separating myth from reality and getting advice from someone who's "been there and done that".
This event is for the OTís immediate family (dependents) or future spouses/dependents; however, extended family and friends can attend, just know that the information is mainly for the spouses or soon to be spouses of the new officers. Child care will NOT be provided on the OTS campus during Spouses Orientation, rather you may bring your children to the family day event with you.
Family Orientation begins with a welcome from the 24th Training Squadron Commander (24 TRS/CC) followed by an open house tour of the OTS campus. Next, the Officer Trainee Wing awards ceremony will take place after which there will be a break for lunch. Finally, there is a spouses orientation that provides new officer spouses and fiancés with an introduction to Air Force family life. After lunch, the guest speakers will come from the Airmen and Family Readiness Center (AFRC) to talk about all the wonderful services the AFRC on all US Air Force Bases provide to the military family, from the Maxwell AFB Child Development Center (CDC) to talk about the general child care opportunities provided for on the majority of US Air Force Bases, and from the Tri Care office to provide a introduction to the Military's health care system. After our guest speakers, a Spouses Panel made up of officer spouses welcome the new spouses to the Air Force Family and answer any questions they may have. The panel will be made of ladies and gentlemen with a wide range of experience from a Captain's spouse with no kids and 5 years of experience to a Major or Lieutenant Colonel's spouse with 20+ years of experience in the US Air Force and who has children.
The final event prior to commissioning is Dining Out which typically takes place off base the evening of open house and runs from 1800-2200 hrs. It is a formal military event and your trainee will be able to provide further details.
The Commissioning Ceremony is the highlight and culmination of the time spent here at OTS. Every trainee's goal is to be commissioned as an Officer in the United States Air Force, and this is when that happens.
Every flight (11-16 people) has its own commissioning ceremony, and every OT is commissioned individually. The Oath of Office can be administered by any active duty, retired, Reserve or National Guard officers. It can also be administered by certain civil officers who are authorized by federal or local laws to administer oaths.
If you have a family member or friend who meets one of these descriptions, you may choose for them to commission you. If not, your Flight Commander will be happy to do the honors.
After the oath is administered, anybody of your choosing will then pin on the gold bars. This is often done by family members, children or friends.
After being pinned on, some new officers perform the traditional "first salute". It is a tradition to give a silver dollar to the first enlisted person to salute you. Some ask enlisted or formerly enlisted friends or family members to come forward and render the first salute.
Because being commissioned as an Air Force Officer is a once in a lifetime event, we welcome all guests, as well as children. We ask guests to feel free to take pictures or video.
The Graduation Parade is the final event at OTS as the training is officially completed with a spectacular military parade.
The parade typically takes place on graduation day at 1100 hrs. The parade ground is located on the OTS complex and we ask that family and friends arrive early to ensure seating. Parking is available behind the OTS complex and is within easy walking distance to both the parade ground and the dormitories.
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