Academic Overview

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Developing Warrior-Minded Leaders of Character!

Officer Training School has revamped our training experience to a modular and competency-based approach to better develop Warrior-Minded Leaders of Character. While being educated, trained, and developed, we expect Officer Trainees to enhance their knowledge and acquire the characteristics necessary to exemplify a warrior mindset. We describe these characteristics as the OTS Leadership Attributes (OLAs): Leadership, Communication, Professionalism, Warfighting, and Mission Execution. Officer Trainees are tasked to complete our rigorous 60 day training program with OTS staff developing through the Department of Air Force (DAF) Foundational Competencies (AFH 36-2647) to instill these attributes.


Modular-Based Program


Module 1 focuses on preparing future officers to assimilate into the military culture and be able to adapt to the challenging and demanding environment. Once in-processed, trainees learn what it means to have a sense of urgency, how to identify with military culture, participate in drill and ceremony, and develop resiliency skills. They are also introduced to the fundamentals of leadership, military management, and the importance of operating as a team. 


Module 2 continues to develop trainees’ key skills and knowledge, along with resilience, adaptability, and physical endurance. Trainees will learn deployment cycling, be introduced to wargaming, and participate in challenges and feedback, ultimately preparing them for effective military service and success.


Trainees in Module 3 start to hone their skills as multi-capable airmen, preparing for rapid mobilization and mission execution. Emphasis is on staff rolls, decision-making, continuous competency development, and physical challenges all while refining leadership fundamentals. The progression through Module 3 promotes readiness and agility.


Module 4 is a comprehensive curriculum covering joint planning, Full Spectrum Awareness, strategic level academics, and practical wargaming. Trainees will implement previously learned problem-solving techniques and apply technology to prepare for strategic competitor challenges balanced with activities to boost physical courage.


In the final module, trainees focus on gaining and maintaining war fighter advantage through previously acquired skills. Through deterrence, defense, and decision-focused lethality, agile combatants are molded into ready Airmen through rapid mobilization. Module 5 trainees also mentor underclassmen, leading them through multiple events until the culminating event in their training: Graduation.

Qualification Ratings

This program is crafted to challenge both former military personnel and college graduates in ways that extend their mental and physical capabilities beyond what they may have initially perceived. Utilizing a Competency Based Assessment approach, trainees are graded on a 3-tier Qualification Rating System (Q1, Q2, & Q3) requiring them to perform at a basic/intermediate proficiency level.

 Qualification Rating System
QR Description
Q1 Qualified at the basic and/or intermediate competency level suitable for continued growth as a CGO within the Department of the Air Force
Q2 Satisfactorily qualified at the basic and/or intermediate competency level with several identified areas of needed improvement. Attitude and effort coincide with Department of the Air Force values and attempts to embody Warrior-minded Leader of Character attributes. Officer Trainee should show progression through training, as opposed to regression, thereby demonstrating the capacity for continued growth as a CGO within the Department of the Air Force.
Q3 The officer trainee did not demonstrate the appropriate aptitude at the required competency level. May lead to a disenrollment IAW DAFMAN 36-2032.

After successfully completing all training modules, our trainees will have developed themselves as Warrior-Minded Leaders of Character ready to serve as commissioned officers in the world's premier Air and Space Force!

Trainee Information System

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