Family and friends of Commissioned Officer Training (COT)/Reserve Commisioned Officer Training (RCOT) graduates will have the opportunity to attend various ceremonies and events during the last week of training. Unfortunately, due to time limitations, RCOT classes do not participate in a graduation parade, spouses orientation, retreat, dining in/out, or open house. Descriptions of some of the events are below.
GRADUATION EVENTS FOR COT CLASS 14-06 (18 Aug 14 - 19 Sep 14)
All family members and friends of COT 14-06 graduates are invited to attend the following graduation events:
USAA Dinner on 17 Sep at 6 p.m. (Seating is limited so be sure to check with your COT graduate before making plans to attend)
Spouse/Family Orientation on 18 Sep at 9 a.m. on the OTS campus
Retreat Ceremony on 18 Sep at 12 p.m. on the OTS campus
Awards Ceremony on 19 Sep at 8:30 a.m. at Boyd Auditorium
Graduation Certificate Presentation on 19 Sep at 9:30 a.m. on the OTS campus
Graduation Parade on 19 Sep at 11 a.m. on the OTS campus parade field
GRADUATION EVENTS FOR COT CLASS 15-01 (06 Oct 14 - 07 Nov 14)
All family members and friends of COT 15-01 graduates are invited to attend the following graduation events:
USAA Dinner on 05 Nov at 6 p.m. (Seating is limited so be sure to check with your COT graduate before making plans to attend)
Spouse/Family Orientation on 06 Nov at 9 a.m. on the OTS campus
Retreat Ceremony on 06 Nov at 12 p.m. on the OTS campus
Dining-Out on 06 Nov at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel (Seating is limited so be sure to check with your COT graduate before making plans to attend)
Awards Ceremony on 07 Nov at 8:30 a.m. on the OTS Campus
Graduation Certificate Presentation on 07 Nov at 9:30 a.m. on the OTS campus
Graduation Parade on 07 Nov at 11 a.m. on the OTS campus parade field
GRADUATION EVENTS FOR RCOT CLASS 15-01 (06 Dec 14 to 20 Dec 14)
All family members and friends of RCOT 15-01 graduates are invited to attend the following graduation events:
Flight Commander Dinner on 19 Dec at 6 p.m. (Seating is limited so be sure to check with your COT graduate before making plans to attend)
Awards Ceremony on 20 Dec at 8:30 a.m. on the OTS Campus
Graduation Certificate Presentation on 20 Dec at 9:30 a.m. on the OTS campus
United Services Automobile Association (USAA) hosts a free of charge graduation celebration dinner for every COT class (RCOT excluded). They require a head count approximately a week prior to the event, so if this is something you're interested in attending, please contact your COT graduate to reserve seating.
The Spouses orientation is designed to provide spouses and family members with insight into Air Force life. It serves as a great opportunity to separate myth from reality by receiving answers to questions and advice from someone who's "been there and done that".
The program provides an introduction to Air Force family life and is a springboard to the Air Force’s Hearts Link Program. The morning is started with a welcome from the Training Squadron Commander followed by a short video and answer any questions they may have.
This event is for the Officer Trainee’s spouse or fiancé only. No children or extended family will be allowed at the event. The Training Squadron Commander mails invitations to trainee’s spouses in the last few weeks of training.
Prior enlisted spouses are encouraged to attend not only to gain knowledge of the officer life but also to share their knowledge of the Air Force.
Please plan on a full morning of events. We recommend you eat breakfast before the orientation as snacks and a beverage are provided but not a meal.
The Graduation Parade is the final event at OTS as the training is officially completed with a spectacular military parade.
The Graduation Parade is the last ceremony during graduation week. It not only showcases the transition from Officer Trainee to Officer, it signifies the end of training.
DIRECTIONS TO MAXWELL AFB
DRIVING (TO MAXWELL AFB)
: From the North on I-65, take exit #172 “DOWNTOWN MAXWELL BLVD ” or from the South on I-65, take exit #172 “HERRON ST.” Follow the signs saying “Maxwell AFB” to Maxwell Blvd. Once on Maxwell Blvd, travel about one mile to the main gate. Ask the gate guard for directions or follow the signs to the OTS Campus.
If you are approaching Montgomery from the East on I-85, take the I-65 North exit. Instead of getting on I-65, stay to the right and exit “HERRON ST” exit #172. Follow the signs for "Maxwell AFB” to Maxwell Blvd. Once on Maxwell Blvd, travel about one mile to the main gate. Ask the gate guard for directions or follow the signs to the OTS Campus.
See your recruiter or your AFIT Program Manager (HPSP students). They will get airline tickets for you. Military bus transportation from the airport to Maxwell is available if at least four students will be riding. If you have a group awaiting transportation, call the military taxi dispatcher at (334)953-5038. Lastly, you may call any civilian taxi service. You must ensure they have access to Maxwell AFB. Be sure to get a receipt--this taxi ride is a reimbursable expense.
DEPARTING COT AFTER GRADUATION
The Scheduled Air Transportation Office (SATO) here at Maxwell will book your airline ticket if you are flying.
You should not make any travel arrangements to leave the Montgomery area prior to 1pm on your graduation day. Typically graduation events are complete by noon, but you should allow time for packing, checking out, transit, and security measures at the airport.
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