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Welcome to Air Force Officer Training School

Colonel Peter G. BaileyColonel Peter G. Bailey
Commandant, OTS

Biography


Congratulations on your selection to attend the Officer Training School (OTS). You are about to embark on one of the most challenging and memorable training and education programs of your Air Force career.  Our primary mission at OTS is to educate and train officers of character, who are committed to the Air Force Core Values - equipped to lead and ready to win.  Our instructors are highly motivated, exceptionally talented and extremely dedicated to their obligation to ensure that every student who passes through this program develops the skills necessary to be an outstanding Air Force officer.  When you graduate from OTS you will leave Maxwell Air Force Base equipped with the right tools and the knowledge necessary to be an effective and professional leader in our Air Force.

The OTS instructors are here to guide you through the program, but your successful completion of the course depends ultimately on your complete commitment to your training.  OTS standards and expectations are very high and our training is intentionally rigorous because the Airmen who you will one day lead deserve no less than the finest officers our Air Force has to offer.

I know that you are up to the challenge of OTS. Dedicate yourself now to listen, to learn and ultimately, to lead!  I look forward to returning your salute at the end of this rewarding experience as our newest Air Force officers. 

Good luck and I look forward to serving with you.

Officer Training School News

  • Guardsman Caught Off-Guard: OTS experience becomes a pleasant surprise

    With thousands of Cadets graduating Officer Training School every year, it’s inevitable that experiences will vary drastically from one person to the next. Cadet Eric Keller from New Paltz, NY has a unique perspective of one of the Air Force’s main officer training programs. Keller, a member of the Air National Guard for nearly nine years, acted as a guardsman as well as an active duty service member. His experience as a prior service member prepared him for the rudimentary facets of Total Force Officer Training (TFOT), namely dorm maintenance, marching, customs and courtesies, and dress and appearance. These aspects, tedious as they may sometimes seem, have their utilities in instilling discipline, attention to detail, and situational awareness in the Cadets who graduate from the program.
  • OTS revamps program creating more efficient, effective training environment

    Over the past year Air University’s Officer Training School has been revamping program in order to provide a more efficient and effective training experience for its cadets. One of the major changes the school has made has been the implementation of pre-requisite courses designed to cover topics, which otherwise would be done during a mass-lecture when the cadets arrive.
  • From Africa to America: Perseverance paves the way for a future officer

    There are many ways to distinguish yourself from a group of people. Maybe you’re the smartest, most athletic or funniest person in a group. Maybe you have a different background or speak a different language. If you’re Gabirele McStanislav-Cudjoe, a cadet in Air Force Officer Training School, you’re from a different country, your first spoken language isn’t English and you came from a different branch of the U.S. military. Of all the differences between McStanislav-Cudjoe and his fellow cadets, however, the one thing that truly makes him stand out is his heart.
  • OTS: ‘The assignment I never knew I needed’

    Sometimes there are things in life that happen to you that are so unexpected that you fail to

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