By USAF Officer Training School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published October 26, 2018
You will incur a number of expenses immediately upon arrival to RCOT. Please see table below. (NOTE - this list is not all-inclusive).
Timeframe Funds Needed
(not previously purchased)
Estimate is based off current uniform item checklist
Sundry items (detergent, toothpaste, shampoo etc)
Cost varies based upon individual preferences
Dining Facility Meals (3x/day at approx. $14.00 per meal)
All students must pay cash for all meals.
$10.00 - $30.00
Optional packages are also available for additional fees
1st Week of Training
(varies by location)
2d Week of Training
MREs/Boxed Breakfasts/Required Items
An ATM is available at the AAFES OTS Shoppette if you need additional cash at any time.
You are required to purchase your uniforms prior to arrival. If you lack any uniform items, ensure you ask for assistance from AAFES staff regarding proper fit and wear of uniform items. The Maxwell AFB 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 after arrival. List of Uniform Items
You may pay for your uniform items by:
You are encouraged to pre-purchase boots and low quarters to allow sufficient "break-in" time to ensure proper fit.
You may have your rank sewn on or use the subdued pin-on rank on your ABU shirt/hat, however, they must be worn in compliance with AFI 36-2903 section 126.96.36.199.
188.8.131.52. Officer Rank Insignia (see Attachment 2). Officers will wear subdued metal or cloth rank on the collar. General Officer rank will be centered, perpendicular to, and begin 1 inch from the bottom of the collar. General officers will wear 1 inch stars; General Officers unable to wear 1 inch stars will wear ¾ inch stars. Colonel rank will be centered, perpendicular to, and 1 inch from the bottom of the collar. Lieutenant Colonel and Major’s rank will be centered 1 inch from the bottom of the collar with the stem parallel to the ground and pointing away from the wearer’s neck. The long end of the Lieutenant and Captain bars will be centered 1 inch from the bottom of the collar.
In addition to uniforms, there are several other items you will need. You may bring them with you, or you may purchase them when you arrive. All of the items below can be purchased at the Base Exchange (BX) or Shoppette (within walking distance of OTS campus):
501 LeMay Plaza N., Bldg. 1487
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112