Direct Commissioned Officer Training

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  • By USAF Officer Training School
  • Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

There are two training programs offered for direct-commissioned officers. Both programs are military training environments designed to see you successfully operate under pressure.  You will need to check your orders to determine which program you are scheduled to attend.  Select the appropriate link from the accordion menu (right-side of page)  to read about the specific training program you're scheduled to attend.  

Officer Training School-Abbreviated (OTS-A)  

This 5-week course is designed for all medical professionals from all Air Force components (Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve, Health Professional Scholarship Program, and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences).

Reserve Commissioned Officer Orientation (RCOO)  

This 2-week course is specifically designed for hard-to-recruit Air Reserve Component (ARC) direct commissioned health professions.

Commander's Keys to Success


1. Come Physically Fit

•  You will be tested for fitness within your first two weeks.  If you fail, you will be subject to disenrollment.

•  Being physically fit when you arrive will help you in all aspects of your training.

•  Check out the links for the AF Fitness Standards and plan to exceed them before you come to training.  Your goal should be to score greater than a 90.

•  Additional PT information can be found on the Air Force Fitness Program website.  Inbound trainees should NOT consider PT related advice from students who attended Officer Training School Abbreviated pre-summer 2015 as current or accurate

2. Be Prepared Mentally as well as Physically

•  This is a challenging military training environment which will put you in high pressure situations.  

•  It is mentally and physically demanding from the first through the last training day.  Treat this as five weeks of "finals week." 

•  This is not an easy course despite what you may have been told.  This is not the same course it was in years past. 

3. Read everything in this site!

•  Knowledge is power, and all the information you need to come prepared can be found within this site.

•  The information in this site is an attempt to answer all of your questions, and help ensure that you are mentally prepared for training.

•  If you choose NOT to read and digest this material, then you are planning to fail! 

Air Force Officer Training School

Welcome Guide

Inbound trainees, select the above link to view the 'Welcome Guide'.