Are there any documents that I can study or read prior to arrival that will help better prepare me for training?
OTS Manual 36-2604 provides all of the necessary guidance to prepare you for the challenging training days ahead. Click here to review.
What type of physical training should I expect at COT/RCOT?
You need to be in good physical shape when you arrive for training. If you have not already done so, we recommend you start a good physical fitness program concentrating on aerobic, anaerobic, and flexibility exercises before your arrival. Your program should include running, biking or other aerobic activities, and a strength-building regimen such as weight training. You will participate in a structured early morning physical conditioning program 5-6 days per week while at COT/RCOT. We take physical fitness very seriously and encourage our officers to stay fit.
You should bring comfortable, well broken-in, conservative (in appearance) running shoes and a pair court shoes for other physical activities. A pair of cross trainers (all purpose shoes) will meet the requirements for both court and running activities. If you wear foot appliances (shoe inserts) in any of your shoes--bring them!
Some key ingredients for physical preparation are:
Great upper body strength
While your fitness test includes a 1.5 mile run, you should be able to complete a 3 mile run prior to arriving to COT/RCOT.
For more information concerning weight standards and Physical Fitness Test (PFT) rules, please refer to the following link on our website Physical Fitness Standards.
Are there any costs associated with COT/RCOT?
You will incur approximately $2000 in uniform costs and approximately $300 - $500 in other miscellaneous expenses.
For more information concerning the costs associated with training, please refer to the following link on our website Expenses.
What important documents should I bring?
You will need to bring with you all of your important personal documents. As part of your in-processing you will receive a United States Armed Forces identification card. You will need two forms of identification, one picture identification and one state/government issued identification (passport, Social Security Card, etc.) to receive your military I.D. card.
There are different requirements based upon your status (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve). Please refer to the "Required Documents" section on the following page on our website In-Processing.
Can I purchase uniform items prior to arrival?
You may purchase all required uniform items prior to arrival, but you are highly encouraged to ask for assistance from AAFES staff regarding proper fit and wear of uniform items. AAFES will not accept returns or exchange items that have been worn or altered.
All uniform items you are unable to pre-purchase will be available for purchase once you arrive at Commissioned Officer Training.
The list of uniform items for COT can be found on the following page on our website Expenses.
What is the schedule like at COT/RCOT?
Monday - Saturday your days will begin at 0430 and won't often end until lights out at 2300.
Your days will consist of flight room and auditorium lectures, computer based training, reading/studying, and Trainee Group activities and meetings. Expect to be very busy throughout the entire course.
There are no scheduled training events on Sundays, but the Trainee Group will dictate any additional training that needs to take place. All trainees are authorized 4 hours of religious worship on Sunday.
For additional information regarding the schedule, refer to the "Schedule" section on the following page on our website Administrative Information.
What time should I book my departure flight from Montgomery after graduation?
You should not make any travel arrangements to leave the Montgomery area prior to 1300 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.
How do I get to Maxwell AFB if I am driving?
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.
Do I need to make lodging arrangements?
If you are arriving prior to the class start date, you need to reserve your own room at the Maxwell AFB lodging office. Please call (334) 953-2055 to make reservations.
If you are arriving the same day that your training starts, you do NOT need to make lodging arrangements.
Throughout the duration of your training, you are required to live in the OTS dormitories. You will probably share a room with another trainee. There will be a security drawer in your room to lock up valuables. You must bring your own bath towels and washcloths or purchase them when you arrive at COT. Washers and dryers are available for student use at no charge. Custodial service for all rooms and community areas is provided six days a week, but you are responsible for the cleanliness of your room, as they will be inspected on a weekly basis. Rooms are carpeted and furnished with minimal furniture. Each room is provided with an iron and ironing board. The rooms DO NOT have TVs, telephones, refrigerators, microwaves, bath towels, wash cloths, coffee makers, or clothes hangers.
How can my family contact me while I'm in training?
You are authorized to use your cell phone after duty hours (after 1900, Mon-Fri) for personal use.
You will use the following mailing address while you are here:
RANK NAME (COT CLASS #)
550 E. Maxwell Blvd. #9000
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-5000
Am I allowed to leave the base on the weekends?
Weekend travel will vary based upon the direction of the 23d Training Squadron Commander and/or hazardous weather conditions.
Trainees are not authorized to stay off of the OTS Complex overnight at any time during COT/RCOT.
If there are no training requirements or restrictions on the weekend, you may travel within a 120-mile radius from Montgomery. Bottom line: do not make any plans for traveling outside of the 120-mile radius during your time here without prior approval from the Commander.
When does medical coverage begin for me and my family?
All COT students will have access to routine and acute medical care on base. Procedures for emergency medical care during non-duty hours will be explained upon your arrival. While traveling to COT, if you experience an injury or illness that requires emergency care, report to the closest emergency room. If a military facility is nearby, use its emergency room. If you're not near a military base, a civilian emergency room may be utilized. Ensure you inform the medical staff that you are an active duty Air Force member, and they will bill the appropriate military hospital for your care. Do not report to a civilian hospital for routine or acute care while traveling, or you will be responsible for your own medical bills. An emergency is any situation that will result in loss of life, limb, or eyesight.
Refer to the following page on our website for additional information regarding family medical care - Medical.
Should I bring my personal laptop/computer/tablet device?
All trainees are highly encouraged to bring their own laptop to training. Additionally, personally procured/purchased access to the internet (e.g. MiFi, 3G/4G device, etc.) is recommended as government provided wireless internet connectivity is currently limited on Maxwell AFB. Wireless internet is available in various locations on the campus, but connection speeds may become impaired based upon the number of students using it. There are locations on the base that offer free wireless network access, but you will have very limited access to those locations for at least the first 2 weeks of training.Computer access for personal services such as Skype and Oovoo are not available on government computers. These services, along with social media and all personal business, must be conducted on a personal computer or hand held device. Again personal computers are highly encouraged.
Personal computers WILL NOT be plugged into the military network.
How many changes of civilian clothing should I bring?
You should limit your civilian clothing as much as possible. It is recommended that you bring no more than a couple of changes of conservative civilian attire for attending flight dinners and outings with your classmates, etc.
While at COT you will be required to wear Blues, ABU's or PT gear unless you are exercising off-campus privileges on the weekend.
I wear glasses and/or contacts - Is there any information I need to know about wearing them during training?
Eyeglasses/contacts worn at OTS must comply with the standards described in AFI 36-2903. Click on the link provided on the Dress & Appearance page of this website to review AFI 36-2903, paragraph 6.3.2 for eyeglass/contact lens wear.
You are allowed to wear contact lenses during training, however, there are some field events that DO NOT allow the wear of contact lenses. Please make sure you have a suitable pair of eyeglasses, with eyeglass straps, for these events.
Transition lenses are not authorized in formation. Ensure you bring a pair of transition free glasses with you to training.
How do I start getting paid at COT/RCOT?
Your pay record will be established during the first or second week of training. Often times, there are delays when creating your pay records, for various reasons. It is highly recommended that you have enough money set aside to pay all of your bills for up to a month in advance, in the event you do not get paid on time.
My orders say to report to COT on a different day than what the website says. What day do I report for training?
Often times, orders will authorize early reporting; however, DO NOT report to COT/RCOT until the day/time listed on the website. The website is the only official source for class start/graduation dates.
If your orders say to report a day or two prior to the class start date listed on the website, you may make travel arrangements to Maxwell AFB, but you will also need to reserve your own lodging with the Maxwell AFB Lodging Office for the days leading up to the class start date. Please call the Maxwell AFB Lodging Office at (334) 953-2055 to make reservations.
I'm interested in the Recruiter Assistance Program. How do I apply?
The Recruiter Assistance
Program (RAP) is an active-duty leave program run by Air Force Recruiting Service. The Air Force grants up to 12 days of nonchargeable leave, including one weekend, in accordance with AFI 36-3003. RAP is open to Airmen of all ranks interested in participating and having a positive impact on recruiting. RAP duties may include participation in question-and-answer sessions, making presentations, or providing testimonials of their Air Force experiences to high school and college students.
Airmen can participate in RAP as often as their supervisors approve their leave, their commanders approve their eligibility and recruiters need assistance. RAP is typically done in an area where Airmen have recently lived or have established ties to the community. Airmen may apply to participate in RAP anywhere they believe they can be of assistance to recruiters, subject to the approval of their commanders and their recruiting squadron commanders.
As with ordinary leave, there is no reimbursement for travel to or from a RAP duty location, and Airmen do not receive per diem. Also, as with ordinary leave, there are no travel days. The method of travel is up to the discretion of the participant, and days spent traveling to and from the recruiter's location are chargeable leave, in accordance with Air Force Form 988, Leave Request Authorization.
1. Complete form AFRS IMT 1327
All participants must complete and submit a form AFRS IMT 1327, Application for Participation in Recruiter Assistance Program.
2. Obtain supervisor and commander approval
The applicant's command section must verify eligibility to participate in RAP and complete the AFRS IMT 1327. The form must include the signature of the applicant's supervisor/MTL in the training squadron section of the form and the signatures of the applicant's commander in the training group section of the form. Members undergoing any disciplinary actions are not eligible for RAP.
3. E-mail or fax approved application to RAP monitor
Use the Recruiter Locator link on www.AIRFORCE.com to locate the recruiting office in the desired leave area. The e-mail address includes the recruiting office squadron number. For example, the e-mail address email@example.com reveals the recruiting office is part of the 331st Recruiting Squadron. Visit http://www.rs.af.mil/ for the list of AFRS recruiting squadron contact information. Call the Recruiter Assistance Program monitor to acquire the e-mail address or fax number to submit the completed form AFRS IMT 1327. Applicants must submit their forms directly to the appropriate RAP monitors for processing. Forms submitted directly to recruiters will not be processed. Additionally, technical school participants must submit their applications to RAP monitors four weeks before graduation, and they must notify RAP monitors if graduation date changes will affect their RAP dates.
4. RAP monitors notify applicants of approval status
Forms can fall in three categories: approved; approved, but not for the dates requested, or disapproved. When RAP duty is approved, the applicant must reply to the RAP monitor by the deadline provided. When a request is approved, but not for the dates requested, the applicant can choose not to participate in RAP or choose other dates suggested by the RAP monitor. If alternate dates are approved, the applicant must reply to the RAP Monitor by the deadline provided.
5. Permanent Party Only
Permanent Party Airmen approved and confirmed for RAP duty must complete an Air Force Form 988, Leave Request Authorization. Annotate in Block 8 remarks section to read "AFI 36-3003; para 14.10, non-chargeable leave for dates of participation in the Recruiter Assistance Program; should be printed in the remarks section." Upon completion ensure to include the RAP verification letter with AF FM 988. To participate in RAP, the supervisor and commander of the applicant must approve of the leave.
6. Call for RAP time and location
Airmen approved and confirmed for RAP, must call their assigned recruiter to determine the time and location to meet for duty.
7. While participating in RAP
Airmen must perform RAP duties in a satisfactory manner as determined by their assigned recruiter. This includes displaying a professional military appearance, positive and enthusiastic attitude, and exemplary personal conduct at all times. When an Airman's performance is deemed unsatisfactory, the recruiting squadron commander may terminate the RAP duty, placing the Airman on chargeable leave status. When RAP duty is served in conjunction with a TDY or PCS, the Airman must ensure RAP participation does not interfere with the report no later than date or port call, which take priority over leave. Technical school graduates are responsible for notifying their unit of their arrival date.
8. Obtain a RAP Participation Verification Letter
When RAP duty is completed, the participant must request a RAP Participation Verification Letter from the recruiter prior to departing for their gaining unit. The letter must be signed by the recruiting squadron commander certifying the dates of RAP duty as non-chargeable leave. Airmen must maintain a copy of the letter for their records before submitting it with Part III of their leave forms. Airmen who participated in RAP duty while on TDY or PCS status, must submit the letter with their travel vouchers.
I recently had a baby, am I allowed to breastfeed during training?
We make accomodations for women currently breastfeeding while attending COT/RCOT. Please click here to read the 23d Training Squadron policy letter on breastfeeding mothers.
I called the Commercial Ticket Office (CTO) to make my travel reservations to COT and they told me that there's no flights available during the arrival day reporting window. What do I do?
Check your orders to see if you are authorized early reporting/travel time to COT. This information can be found in several locations, depending on the type of orders you have. If you are travelling on AF Form 766 (Active Duty) orders, check Block 13. Normally, your orders will state that EARLY REPORTING IS NOT AUTHORIZED. If this is the case, work with CTO to get the earliest flight available to Montgomery, AL on the arrival day.
Contact the 23 TRS Assistant Director of Operations at (334) 953-0304 immediately if your flight will be arriving outside of the times stated on the Inprocessing/Reporting Instructions link on this website.
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