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U.S. Air Force: Officer Training School (OTS) Overview

U.S. Air Force: Officer Training School (OTS) Overview


My name is Lieutenant Colonel Taryn
Hickey. I am the Commander of the 24th Training Squadron at Maxwell Air Force
Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Here at Officer Training, we essentially have four phases of training. There’s going to be the indoctrination phase, application, development, and transition. In the indoctrination phase, we’re essentially
teaching about the basics and the history of the Air Force. In the application phase, they’re now going to apply those things that we’ve taught them
indoctrination phase. In the development phase, a lower class will come in during that timeframe and they will be leading those other trainees and mentoring those
other trainees. In the transition phase of training, we’re trying to shift gears and get them prepared for the operational Air Force so that when they
go on to their new jobs, they know the level of attention to detail that’s
correct for the operational Air Force. Typical day in the life of the trainee
is wake up 0500 and they’re out PT’ing by 5:15. Classes throughout the day,
leadership exercises, the structured part of the day goes until 1700. After that,
they still have academic prep time or studying so they are busy from 5:00 a.m.
until 11 o’clock at night. What I tell an officer trainee who was on their way to officer training would be, one: get in shape. Be ready for the physical
rigors of Officer Training School. Two: keep an open mind. Understand that we do everything here for a reason. Be ready to be scrutinized, but to have
thick skin about it because we want to make them better leaders, better officers
to join our Air Force. A big part of training someone to be a leader is putting them in the leadership roles. It’s a controlled environment where we
can allow them to fail with little ramifications other than being able to
look back and learn from that failure. At Officer Training, we see a huge
difference in our trainees from the day one when they arrive, and when we
graduate them. When they come in the door, they don’t know what makes an officer
tick. When they leave here, they’ve run the full gamut, they’ve gotten to
experience everything, and as they depart our campus, they’re much more competent, confident leaders.


Reader Comments

  1. air force recruiter in san diego, ca is terrible. even worse for officer inquiries. visited many times over the years while there and they always had some excuse to not help you join, usually highlighted with statements about them leaving in x months and not having enough time to do a lengthy application process. so apparently there is no shortage of applicants for the US air force being that they even take foreigners over generational americans now as well.

  2. Is it possible to join as an officer with a bachelors in intel ? Since I speak Arabic?
    I know i can as an enlisted, “ cryptologic analyst”
    But can I perform similar jobs as an officer ?

  3. I know someone with OCD. Masters with digital forensics knowledge. Very intelligent. Is there anyway to get a waiver for the fact that he/she takes antidepressants for OCD? He/she wants to either join the reserves for the coast guard or Air Force as an officer.

  4. I will graduate with a bachelors in science in victim studies and I want to be a trauma counselor. Do you recommend I go the civilian route (thanks to Trumps executive order) or go in as an officer? I did AFJROTC in high school and would love to join the military but idk if it is the best fit for me to go active duty based on my job feild

  5. Is it true the air force will cover my schooling tuition so I can achieve a bachelors while on active duty-
    To which I will then be essentially eligible for O T S ? (Provided I meet other necessary qualification) I'm 23.

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