To the fullest extent possible make travel arrangements to arrive within the specified time frame. However, if you are unable to report by 1500, contact Student Services as soon as possible at 22TRSS.MS.StudentServices@us.af.mil or (334) 953-3811.
Please reference the OTS Welcome Guide for information covering arrival, orders, packing lists, and more.
If you encounter issues while traveling to Maxwell AFB contact:
All RCOO officers MUST report to training in conservative civilian clothes. Uniforms are not authorized for wear the day of your arrival. Upon arrival and throughout training, all officers will be expected to adhere to the dress & appearance standards defined in AFI 36-2903.
Male and female officers should arrive with haircuts adhering to AFI 36-2903 standards. Refer to Chapter 3, Grooming and Appearance Standards in the link above.
Males should arrive clean shaven. Facial hair is not authorized during training.
Eyeglasses / contacts worn at OTS must comply with the standards described in AFI 36-2903. Click on the link above and review paragraph 6.3.2 for eyeglass/contact lens wear. You are allowed to wear contact lenses during training, however, there are some field events that DO NOT allow the wear of contact lenses. Please make sure you have a suitable pair of eyeglasses, with eyeglass straps, for these events.
Transition lenses are not authorized in formation. Ensure you bring a pair of transition free glasses with you to training.
Throughout the duration of your training you will be required to wear Blues, ABUs /OCPs or PT gear unless you are exercising off-campus privileges on the weekend. You may bring conservative civilian clothing items, however, use of these items is limited during training.
The physical training program is designed to introduce officers to a healthy lifestyle and the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) criteria (push-ups, sit-ups and 1.5 mile run). Officers need to have a good physical fitness program to ensure they are physically capable to deploy if necessary to complete the Air Force's mission.
Within the first week of arrival, you will be given a Physical Fitness Diagnostic (PFD). Review Air Force Instruction 36-2905 (Fitness Program) so you understand the requirements for your age and gender. Attachment 10 lists the specific scores required for each component of the test, listed by age and gender. Additional information can be found on the Air Force Fitness Program website.
While in training, you will be required to exercise in a rigorous, full-body aerobic and anaerobic program. Officers will perform one official Physical Fitness Diagnostic (PFD) during training. Officers who fail the PFD will receive a referral training report stating that they failed to meet Air Force physical fitness standards. The referral training report will be in their permanent record.
Additionally, you will run through several obstacle courses, which may require climbing, low-crawling, jumping, etc.
We recommend you start a good physical fitness program concentrating on aerobic, anaerobic, and flexibility exercises before your arrival. Your program should include running, biking or other aerobic activities, and a strength-building regimen such as weight training.
You should bring comfortable, well broken-in, running shoes and a pair of court shoes for other physical activities. A pair of cross trainers (all purpose shoes) will meet the requirements for both court and running activities. If you wear foot appliances (shoe inserts) in any of your shoes--bring them!
Officers must be able to meet all physical fitness and RCOO entry requirements as stated in AFI 36-2013. Officers who cannot participate in these activities WILL NOT attend RCOO without prior approval from the applicable Training Squadron Commander.
You will incur a number of expenses immediately upon arrival to RCOO. 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.
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 188.8.131.52.
184.108.40.206. 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):
You should not make any travel arrangements to leave the Montgomery area prior to 1 p.m. on your graduation day. Typically graduation day is completed by noon, but you should allow time for packing, checking out, transit, and security measures at the airport.
Expect to be very busy throughout the entire course. Your schedule will consist of physical conditioning, academics, drill & ceremonies, and field leadership exercises in addition to personal studying/reading, computer based training, and Trainee Group/Flight organizational meetings after duty hours and on the weekends.
The sample schedule below will give you an idea of a typical training day. Physical training is typically held first thing in the morning, and may be conducted outside or inside.
To ensure prompt delivery of your mail, use the following address:
RANK NAME (RCOO CLASS #)
550 E. Maxwell Blvd. #9000
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-5000
All officers will have access to routine and acute medical care on base. Procedures for emergency medical care during non-duty hours will be explained upon your arrival. While traveling to Officer Training School, if you experience an injury or illness that requires emergency care, report to the closest emergency room. If a military facility is nearby, use its emergency room. If you're not near a military base, a civilian emergency room may be utilized. Ensure you inform the medical staff that you are an active duty Air Force member, and they will bill the appropriate military hospital for your care. Do not report to a civilian hospital for routine or acute care while traveling, or you will be responsible for your own medical bills. An emergency is any situation that will result in loss of life, limb, or eyesight.
In accordance with (IAW) AFI 36-2013, OFFICER TRAINING SCHOOL (OTS) AND ENLISTED COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS (ECPS), para. 3.19.3, do not plan to attend RCOO if you are pregnant. Contact your unit commander/supervisor, or training manager immediately if you become pregnant. The physical requirements placed on you during training are demanding, and being pregnant will prevent you from completing training. If pregnancy is discovered after arrival you may be removed from training.
Air Force Reserve (AFRES), Air National Guard (ANG), and Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) officers should be paid by their home units before or after attending training. To assist with the payment process, please out-process through your unit finance office prior to arriving to OTS. Reservists, ANG, and IMAs may receive a $200 clothing allowance after serving 14 days on active duty and submitting proper paperwork. Upon arriving at OTS, your orders will be certified by commissioned staff personnel. Fax your certified orders to your reserve pay office or finance office within 2 working days or 48 hours. (Further details will be given in briefings during training.)
It is mandatory that you live (this includes sleeping) in the OTS dormitories. Officer Trainees will usually share a room with another trainee. There will be a security drawer in your room to lock up valuables. You must bring your own bath towels and washcloths or purchase them upon arrival. Washers and dryers are available for student use at no charge. Custodial/housekeeping services are NOT provided for rooms and community areas, and therefore you are responsible for the cleanliness of your room. Rooms are carpeted and furnished with minimal furniture. Each room is provided with an iron and ironing board. The rooms DO NOT have TVs, telephones, refrigerators, microwaves, bath towels, wash cloths, or coffee makers.
Weekend travel will vary depending on the 217th Commander's direction and/or hazardous weather conditions, but Officer Ttrainees are not authorized to stay off of the OTS Complex overnight during training. During the weekend you will not be allowed to travel off base (except for religious accommodation purposes).
Our curriculum is broken down into several areas:
DRILL AND CEREMONIES:
We are going to teach you marching skills. This is the most effective method of moving a large mass of people from one area to another. In addition, it reinforces self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. We will give you the basic skills and expect you to practice them. Everyone must be able to effectively march (lead) a flight in drill.
HEALTH AND FITNESS:
We cover the importance of maintaining a good physical fitness program. You will participate in a daily aerobic/anaerobic program. A fitness diagnostic will be administered at the beginning of training. Failure to attain AF fitness standards will result in a referral training report. Additionally, you will participate in several outdoor leadership exercises requiring physical fitness.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS (CS):
We will familiarize you with various forms of military correspondence and provide you opportunities to write military-style documents. Besides military correspondence, we will instruct you on the basics of military briefings and thus, you will be given the opportunity to give a short briefing.
PROFESSION OF ARMS (PA):
You will learn proper military customs and courtesies, military dress and grooming standards for the proper wear of the uniform, the nature of the military profession with an emphasis on Air Force Officership, and the importance of professional relationships.
WARFARE STUDIES AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES (WS/ISS):
You will learn the structure of the Department of Defense including the Department of the Air Force. You will also learn the concept of the Expeditionary Aerospace Force - The Air Forces guiding vision for how we are organized, trained, and equipped to deploy and sustain our aerospace forces for military operations overseas. As part of the International Security Studies, you will learn about the Air Force role in Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW).
LEADERSHIP STUDIES (LS):
This is the largest portion of our curriculum. You will study various leadership styles, problem solving techniques, and management tools. You will then have an opportunity to put some of them into practice during our many practical leadership exercises. Additionally, you will be trained in the importance of the Air Force Officer Honor Code as well as the Air Force Core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.
Use and possession of tobacco products is prohibited while attending training at OTS (to include privilege periods). We highly encourage anyone who smokes or uses smokeless tobacco products to quit prior to attending training.
All Officer Trainees (OTs) are required to participate in an Air Expeditionary Force exercise. The OTs are trained and evaluated on medical readiness, Air Force Manual (AFM) 10-100 (Airman's Manual), and field leadership. AEF exercises foster team building, provide chances for OTs to excel as leaders, and ultimately provide mission orientation for real world contingency situations. If you require the use of prescription lenses, bring your eyeglasses and gas mask inserts (if you have them) with you. Due to the equipment that will be used during the AEF exercise, you must wear glasses. No contact lenses may be worn.
NOTE: IAW AFI 36-2013,OFFICER TRAINING SCHOOL (OTS) AND ENLISTED COMMISSOINING PROGRAMS (ECPS), only hard-to-recruit Air Reserve Component (ARC) direct commissioned health professions officers are authorized to attend Reserve Commissioned Officer Orientation (RCOO).
If you meet this criteria and desire to attend the RCOO, you must first complete the computer-based training and an online test prior to your arrival.
To gain access to this information, select RCOO EMAIL REQUEST LINK and then do the following:
Also, check any spam blocking software to ensure that the reply is not being filtered out. Once you have received the link, you can go directly to the training material and online test. This is not an automated process. You should receive a link within 5-7 business days after you submit your request.
All RCOO trainees are highly encouraged to review all materials on this site beginning with the Direct Commissioned Officer webpage.
Family and friends of Reserve Commissioned Officer Orientation (RCOO) graduates unfortunately, due to time limitations, RCOO classes do not participate in the graduation events scheduled for a Officer Training School Abbreviated (OTS-A) class including a graduation parade, spouses orientation, retreat, dining in/out, or open house. Details of those events will be provided to the attending students.
Normally, your unit will schedule your round trip airfare to and from RCOO. If you need additional assistance, the Scheduled Air Transportation Office (SATO) here at Maxwell can assist with airline tickets if you are flying.
You should not make any travel arrangements to leave the Montgomery area prior to 1300 hrs on your graduation day. Typically graduation events are complete by noon, but you should allow time for packing, checking out, transit, and security measures at the airport.
You may purchase all required uniform items prior to arrival, but you are highly encouraged to ask for assistance from AAFES staff regarding proper fit and wear of uniform items. AAFES will not accept returns or exchange items that have been worn or altered. If you are unable to pre-purchase, uniforms will be available for purchase once you arrive for training. The list of uniform items for RCOT can be found on the Dress & Appearance webpage..
Your pay record will be established during the first or second week of training. Often times, there are delays when creating your pay records, for various reasons. It is highly recommended that you have enough money set aside to pay all of your bills for up to a month in advance, in the event you do not get paid on time. Refer to the Pay & Allowance page of this website for additional information.
Check your orders to see if you are authorized early reporting/travel time to training. This information can be found in several locations, depending on the type of orders you have. If you are travelling on AF Form 766 (Active Duty) orders, check Block 13. Normally, your orders will state that EARLY REPORTING IS NOT AUTHORIZED. If this is the case, work with CTO to get the earliest flight available to Montgomery, AL on the arrival day.
If your flight will be arriving outside of the times stated on the In-Processing page on this website, immediately contact the DET 12 Director of Operations (DO) at 206-604-3794 or OTS Registrars at OTS.Registrar.Workflow@us.af.mil, phone (334) 953-3517/5523.
Appropriate accommodations can be made to assist breastfeeding trainees while attending COT/RCOT training.
To begin coordination prior to arrival, the breastfeeding student needs to contact the OTS Registrars at OTS.Registrar.Workflow@us.af.mil or (334) 953-3517/5523.
The Recruiter Assistance Program (RAP) is an active-duty leave program run by Air Force Recruiting Service. The Air Force grants up to 12 days of nonchargeable leave, including one weekend, in accordance with AFI 36-3003. RAP is open to Airmen of all ranks interested in participating and having a positive impact on recruiting. RAP duties may include participation in question-and-answer sessions, making presentations, or providing testimonials of their Air Force experiences to high school and college students.
Airmen can participate in RAP as often as their supervisors approve their leave, their commanders approve their eligibility and recruiters need assistance. RAP is typically done in an area where Airmen have recently lived or have established ties to the community. Airmen may apply to participate in RAP anywhere they believe they can be of assistance to recruiters, subject to the approval of their commanders and their recruiting squadron commanders.
As with ordinary leave, there is no reimbursement for travel to or from a RAP duty location, and Airmen do not receive per diem. Also, as with ordinary leave, there are no travel days. The method of travel is up to the discretion of the participant, and days spent traveling to and from the recruiter's location are chargeable leave, in accordance with Air Force Form 988, Leave Request Authorization.
1. Complete form AFRS IMT 1327
All participants must complete and submit a form AFRS IMT 1327, Application for Participation in Recruiter Assistance Program.
2. Obtain supervisor and commander approval
The applicant's command section must verify eligibility to participate in RAP and complete the AFRS IMT 1327. The form must include the signature of the applicant's supervisor/MTL in the training squadron section of the form and the signatures of the applicant's commander in the training group section of the form. Members undergoing any disciplinary actions are not eligible for RAP.
3. E-mail or fax approved application to RAP monitor
Use the Recruiter Locator link on www.AIRFORCE.com to locate the recruiting office in the desired leave area. The e-mail address includes the recruiting office squadron number. For example, the e-mail address email@example.com reveals the recruiting office is part of the 331st Recruiting Squadron. Visit http://www.rs.af.mil/ for the list of AFRS recruiting squadron contact information. Call the Recruiter Assistance Program monitor to acquire the e-mail address or fax number to submit the completed form AFRS IMT 1327. Applicants must submit their forms directly to the appropriate RAP monitors for processing. Forms submitted directly to recruiters will not be processed. Additionally, technical school participants must submit their applications to RAP monitors four weeks before graduation, and they must notify RAP monitors if graduation date changes will affect their RAP dates.
4. RAP monitors notify applicants of approval status
Forms can fall in three categories: approved; approved, but not for the dates requested, or disapproved. When RAP duty is approved, the applicant must reply to the RAP monitor by the deadline provided. When a request is approved, but not for the dates requested, the applicant can choose not to participate in RAP or choose other dates suggested by the RAP monitor. If alternate dates are approved, the applicant must reply to the RAP Monitor by the deadline provided.
5. Permanent Party Only
Permanent Party Airmen approved and confirmed for RAP duty must complete an Air Force Form 988, Leave Request Authorization. Annotate in Block 8 remarks section to read "AFI 36-3003; para 14.10, non-chargeable leave for dates of participation in the Recruiter Assistance Program; should be printed in the remarks section." Upon completion ensure to include the RAP verification letter with AF FM 988. To participate in RAP, the supervisor and commander of the applicant must approve of the leave.
6. Call for RAP time and location
Airmen approved and confirmed for RAP, must call their assigned recruiter to determine the time and location to meet for duty.
7. While participating in RAP
Airmen must perform RAP duties in a satisfactory manner as determined by their assigned recruiter. This includes displaying a professional military appearance, positive and enthusiastic attitude, and exemplary personal conduct at all times. When an Airman's performance is deemed unsatisfactory, the recruiting squadron commander may terminate the RAP duty, placing the Airman on chargeable leave status. When RAP duty is served in conjunction with a TDY or PCS, the Airman must ensure RAP participation does not interfere with the report no later than date or port call, which take priority over leave. Technical school graduates are responsible for notifying their unit of their arrival date.
8. Obtain a RAP Participation Verification Letter
When RAP duty is completed, the participant must request a RAP Participation Verification Letter from the recruiter prior to departing for their gaining unit. The letter must be signed by the recruiting squadron commander certifying the dates of RAP duty as non-chargeable leave. Airmen must maintain a copy of the letter for their records before submitting it with Part III of their leave forms. Airmen who participated in RAP duty while on TDY or PCS status, must submit the letter with their travel vouchers.
Review the Recruiter Assistance Program Handbook for additional information.
Often times, orders will authorize early reporting; however, DO NOT report to training until the day/time listed on the website. The website is the only official source for class start/graduation dates. If your orders say to report a day or two prior to the class start date listed on the website, you may make travel arrangements to Maxwell AFB, but you will also need to reserve your own lodging with the Maxwell AFB Lodging Office for the days leading up to the class start date. Please call the Maxwell AFB Lodging Office at (334) 953-2055 to make reservations.
All trainees are required to bring their own laptop to training. Additionally, personally procured/purchased access to the internet (e.g. MiFi, 3G/4G device, etc.) is recommended as government provided wireless internet connectivity is currently limited on Maxwell AFB. Wireless internet is available in various locations on the campus, but connection speeds may become impaired based upon the number of students using it. There are locations on the base that offer free wireless network access, but you will have very limited access to those locations for at least the first 2 weeks of training. Computer access for personal services such as Skype and Oovoo are not available on government computers. These services, along with social media and all personal business, must be conducted on a personal computer or hand held device. Again personal computers are highly encouraged. Personal computers WILL NOT be plugged into the military network.
You will need to bring with you all of your important personal documents. As part of your in-processing you will receive a United States Armed Forces identification card. You will need two forms of identification, one picture identification and one state/government issued identification (passport, Social Security Card, etc.) to receive your military I.D. card.
There are different requirements based upon your status (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve). Please refer to the "Required Documents" section in the In-Processing webpage.
Monday - Saturday your days will begin at 0430 and won't often end until lights out at 2300.
Your days will consist of flight room and auditorium lectures, computer based training, reading/studying, and Trainee Group activities and meetings. Expect to be very busy throughout the entire course.
There are no scheduled training events on Sundays, but the Trainee Group will dictate any additional training that needs to take place. All trainees are authorized 4 hours of religious worship on Sunday.
For additional information regarding the schedule, refer to the "Schedule" section on the Administrative Information webpage.