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Expenses & Uniform Requirements for Inbound RCOT Direct-Commissioned Officers

You will incur a number of expenses immediately upon arrival to RCOT. Please see table below.  (NOTE - this list is not all-inclusive).

 

Item(s)

Estimated Amount

Purchase Requirement

Comment

Timeframe Funds Needed

Uniform Items

(not previously purchased)

$200.00

(varies)

Mandatory

Estimate is based off current uniform item checklist

Upon Arrival

Sundry items (detergent, toothpaste, shampoo etc)

$25.00

(varies)

Optional

Cost varies based upon individual preferences

Upon Arrival

Dining Facility Meals (3x/day at approx. $4.00 per meal)

$180.00

Mandatory

All students must pay cash for all meals.

Daily; 

(Immediately)

Flight Photos

$10.00 - $30.00

(varies)

Optional

Optional packages are also available for additional fees

1st Week of Training

Flight Meal

$30.00

(varies by location)

Mandatory

 

2d Week of Training

MREs/Boxed Breakfasts/Required Items

$50.00

Mandatory

 

Upon Arrival

 TOTAL COST $515.00      


An ATM is available at the AAFES OTS Shoppette if you need additional cash at any time.

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS 

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:

  • Master Card, Visa, or Discover (no American Express)
  • Personal check, travelers’ check, or cash
  • Military Star credit card—For uniforms only: a maximum of $500 with no interest. For all military shopping: maximum limit based on credit check with a variable interest rate. Card can be obtained before arrival or application can be initiated during in-processing.

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 5.1.1.1.

5.1.1.1. 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):

 
  • Shower shoes
  • Bath towels
  • Black backpack
  • Pens/pencils
  • Alarm clock
 
  • Notebook
  • Highlighters
  • Razor
  • Undergarments
  • Running Shoes
 
  • Hair product
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving gear
  • Female Care products
  • Deodorant


 

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501 LeMay Plaza N., Bldg. 1487
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112