OTS DAY 1 - Launch

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OTS will notify you of any deviations to the arrival process and/or requirements via the email you provided in WINGS.

  • ALL Officer Trainees must be in the local area of Montgomery, AL NLT 11:59 p.m. the day prior to class start date. This will allow for on-time arrival at OTS the following morning.
  • Check with your unit/recruiter for lodging reimbursement. University Inn at Maxwell AFB, 450 LeMay Plaza, Montgomery, AL 36112, can be contacted via website link: https://af.dodlodging.net/propertys/Maxwell-AFB or commercial phone: (334) 953-3931/7544/1690.
  • Trainees will begin parking in the OTS parking lot at 0630.

Day of In-processing

  • ALL Trainees will report to the dorms between 0700 - 0800.  
  • There is no delayed reporting to OTS, if you do not arrive during the established time, you will not be in-processed. Late arrivals after 0800 on Day 1 will be subject to dismissal.
    • EXCEPTIONS:  Contact OTS regarding missed/delayed flights or other travel problems. If you have a delayed flight or any travel emergency that is going to keep you from reporting on time; contact (334) 315-2080 with the following information: Name, Airline, Flight Number, and Expected Arrival Time.
  • BASE ACCESS:  Arrive at Maxwell Blvd Gate or Maxwell AFB Visitor Center. Show your OTS orders and government ID at the gate. From the Visitor Center it is another 1.5 miles to the OTS main building at 501 LeMay Plaza N. Bldg. 1487, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112.   
    • NOTE: Base taxi number is (334) 953-5038.
  • ALL trainees will arrive in compliance with grooming standards in accordance with AFI 36-2903 or be subject to dismissal.
    • IAW DAFI 36-2903, Chapter 3, Personal Grooming Standards: All OTs will arrive at OTS with a clean-shaven appearance (no mustaches, no beards except for documented and approved religious accommodations.  Trainees not in DAF standards will be turned away and will not be allowed to in-process.
      • Trainees will arrive to the OTS campus wearing:
        • A collared shirt (tucked in and buttoned),
        • Khaki pants (no capris, jeans, leggings, skirts, or dresses) with belt,
        • Athletic shoes with laces tucked in (no dress shoes, sandals, flats, or heels).
        • As conditions warrant, jackets, blazers or coats are authorized for wear.
        • Arrive with your hydration system assembled and filled with water. 

NOTE: NO civilian/personal items with offensive wording, graphics or photos are to be worn.


  • NCOA+ Onramp only:  All Trainees will arrive to OTS campus in OCP uniform IAW USAF/USSF uniform requirements.
  • NCOA+ Onramp only: All Trainees will report to dorms between 0700-0730
  • NCOA+ Onramp only: All Trainees will report with their service dress coat (Class A) tailored IAW DAFI 36-2903, Chapter 4, as there is no time available for alterations while at OTS.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited: Transition lenses or jewelry (exception: religious medallions and removable wedding rings).

  • Contacts are not authorized for field events. OTs should bring enough lenses, eye glass straps, and cleaning solutions for the duration of training.
  • Individuals requiring dark lenses due to eye surgery must provide a doctor’s note stipulating the conditions of this requirement and will need to report to the OTS Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT) staff upon in-processing for medical profile validation.
  • Alcohol, tobacco/nicotine, pets, knives and weapons of any kind.

Dining Facilities

  • ​OTs should eat breakfast and ensure they are properly hydrated (including 2 days prior) before arrival. Lunch and dinner will be provided during in-processing (TD1).
  • OTS Dining Facility (DFAC) accepts credit and debit cards; however, OTs should have $200 cash (in bills less than $20) available in the event of technical issues and to pay for required Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs) meals.