FAQ These are some of the most commonly asked questions from people interested in the Basic Officer Training Program at Officer Training School.
Q- I am currently enlisted, who do I talk to about about going to OTS?
A- Go to your Base Education office for information.
Q- I was wondering what career opportunities were available in the USAF as an officer? Also, how would I go about taking the test to become an officer in the USAF?
A- Thank you for your interest in the Air Force. I suggest you speak with a local Air Force recruiter. He/she will be able to talk with you about the requirements, application/selection process for becoming an officer in the United States Air Force, and career fields which may fit your background. If you're unable to reach a local recruiter, please call 1-800-423-USAF and ask to speak with a recruiter. Additionally, you may find further information by visiting the Air Force web site at www.af.mil.
Q- I'm a 35-year-old with a BS degree and 17 years of service. Any chance of getting accepted through age wavers?
A- Title 10, Section 532, United States Code, states an original appointment as a commissioned officer in the Regular Air Force may only be given to a person who is able to complete 20 years of active commissioned service before their 55th birthday. The Air Force maximum age policy for commissioning line officers is 42. You must receive your commission by your 35th birthday.
Q- Who do I contact about the OTS selection process or general recruitment questions?
A- Active duty AF members contact your local Education Center. All others go to AirForce.com to locate the closest servicing AF recruiter. You can also ask questions on our Chat Now that is available on AirForce.com.
Q- Should I bring a computer to OTS?
While at OTS, you will be issued a government laptop for your use. 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 (see note below), wireless internet and Ethernet ports. Shared printers are available both in the dorms and in the academic building.
The government laptops are for your use here at OTS and on/off base. You are responsible for the care and security of this government equipment while it is in your possession.
Personal computers and printers are not prohibited. You may bring your personal laptops and printers if you feel they will be needed to maintain contact with your family or for keeping up with your personal finances. Additionally, with your personal computer, you will be able to access any appropriate civilian websites that you may need for personal business such as personal email, bank sites, and other informational websites through the Air University Library network
Please note that space is limited and you will be responsible for ensuring that your computer equipment is neat and orderly. If your printers and peripheral equipment cannot fit neatly on a desk with your laptop, you are encouraged to leave the peripheral equipment at home.
*** Government computers no longer accept data sticks (Thumb Drive), due to security issues. You will not be able to transfer information from personal computers to government computers using this method (Recommended Method is External Hard Drive).***
If you have any specific questions on your pay or leave please talk with your recruiter or your Military Personnel Flight if you are enlisted or prior service.
If you have further questions about qualifications and applying for OTS, please visit www.airforce.com and request that an advisor contact you.