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WANT TO BECOME A USAF OFFICER? OTS PROCESS EXPLAINED!



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hey guys welcome back to space nerd

confessions I'm Cynthia and today I'm

going to be talking about Officer

Training School otherwise known as OTS

more specifically I'm going to be

talking about the application process

for both military and civilians before I

get started I want to mention that OTS

is a very fluid process by that I mean

it can change your year or even board to

board so considering this I'm going to

help give some information that's been

pretty consistent throughout the OTS

application process also I was able to

work with the cgo or company grade

officer of officer recessions which

there are only three in the Air Force so

a lot of the information that I have

came straight from the source

all right so first step one is to find a

recruiter and this only applies to the

civilian side of the house so I know a

lot of people have difficulty getting a

hold of a recruiter and for the officer

our session side of the house are only

approximately a hundred and fifty and

that may seem like a lot but it they get

spread pretty thin pretty quickly

especially during the time of the year

the boards which I'll discuss a little

bit later in my video but by keeping

that in consideration the average

timeline from day one reading a Air

Force recruiter and then finally

stepping foot on the OTS campus it could

be about a 16 to 18 month process but

that's not really on the recruiter side

there's just a lot of steps in between

and there's a lot of waiting time during

those steps so considering that there's

a lot of wait time and this 8 16 to 18

month window it could be anywhere from

the recruiter it could be from MTF could

be waiting for a class date or even just

the board dates that can maybe come once

twice or three times a year I've also

had multiple questions about the

civilian interview process and the cgo

the officer sessions did give me a few

words of advice to share with you guys

so there are a few things that they're

really looking for at this interview so

overall they're looking for individuals

could carry themselves well that a

professional manner that are influential

well-spoken most of all they're really

looking to see how prepared you are for

this interview where you're able to talk

about your leadership experiences and

what sets you apart as a leader and why

you would be a great leader in the

airforce so the next phase of the OTS

application process is to build that

application itself and I'm not gonna lie

it's definitely overwhelming there's a

lot of information that goes into this

application profile but by simply

understanding what goes in this

application and understanding the

significance of each portion of this

application then it's it seems doable

overall of the application really

resembles a resume so you'll have your

career achievements in there your

personal achievements your education

background and your work experience also

on there you're gonna have any law

violations so if you've got a speeding

ticket or a parking ticket you'll also

have that in your application the

application process also requires letter

of recommendation and on the military

side of the house

you only can submit one and it can't be

signed by anyone a higher than your

senior rater so that would be the Wing

Commander in my opinion based on

personal experience I recommend that the

letter of recommendations to be written

by officers and they typically kind of

have their own secret language and they

usually translate better to the officer

the O six board or the OTS application

it's definitely not a requirement but it

will give you a stronger letter of

recommendation and on the civilian side

of the house you can have up to five

letter recommendations and that can

pretty much beat anyone except for

immediate family next on the agenda AFL

QT scores

everybody's favorite I know it

definitely wasn't for me this one day

and you're not gonna really like the

answer to it but there's not an

exact answer or exact score that they're

looking for this application process is

just extremely competitive and so

there's been boards where the average is

in the 70s or there's been boards that

the averages and the high 90s and it

could just really fluctuate so it's very

important to understand that the entire

application is in a composite score so

it's an average of everything that you

have to offer so maybe you can't get a

you know extremely high AF oqt scores

but if you have a high GPA or have a

high demand degree or if you have really

great leadership experience then that it

will help offset that AF oqt score so

don't be focused on only that those TS

application also will require some other

miscellaneous documentation such as your

transcripts or military award

certifications and also gives you a

chance to tell your story

you get like about a page of describing

why you want to become an officer and

this is where you could to have a voice

the portions that are weighed the most

in the OTS application is going to be

that GPA what your degree is in so right

now the Air Force is really looking for

stem degrees and then lastly those AF

opt scores

alright so now that you have a recruiter

for the civilians and then now for

military and civilians you have your

application put together the next step

is to apply for board it is extremely

important for you to be familiar with

the upcoming board dates like I

mentioned previously there are a lot of

pieces to the puzzle so you want to

ensure that every piece is accomplished

in time for the board also the boards

can fluctuate themselves so there can be

boards that are for rated positions only

or it could be a blend of rated and non

rated there's also been boards where

it's military

and civilian applicants and then there's

also been Board's words military or

civilian only so being familiar with

what type of board you need to apply for

and when it is is very vital I feel like

it's also important for me to know that

the boards are really dependent on the

Air Force's needs and I know a lot of

people don't like that answer

but the number of recruits or the

percentage selection can vary depending

on how many officers or how many

positions the Air Force needs and

unfortunately this is where the Air

Force can be as picky as looking to fill

specific jobs or potentially only

looking for specific types of degrees

what's the so what how can you help me

build a stronger package what can I do

to set myself up for success for my OTS

application I got you so in my

experience and in my opinion education

is huge education plays a very big role

in your application profile and you can

do so much with it one thing to know is

that stem degrees are hot hot hot right

now

secondly bachelor's degree is a minimum

requirement for the OTS package so what

are you going to do to set yourself

apart from your peers that are applying

everybody that's applying has that

bachelor's degree so what's going to

make your package even stronger and I'm

not saying that I'm expecting for

everybody to go get a PhD but if you are

waiting for the next board or maybe you

applied for a board and you didn't get

in and you're waiting for the next board

or if you're waiting for a couple pieces

to your puzzle to your application and

the meantime just knock out a couple

masters classes the Air Force is really

looking for people that are

self-motivated and have those natural

leadership skills so by continuing your

education and not just putting that bare

minimum that'll make you have a stronger

package for those that are stress about

the AF oqt there's a lot of different

sources that you can use to help study

for or even do practice tests so

definitely recommend taking advantage of

those resources

but most importantly at the end of the

day it's just a numbers game for the OTS

program you may be more than qualified

for the OTS program but maybe that board

or even that fiscal year is just

completely saturated so don't give up

keep applying and keep improving

yourself to make your application

stronger than before for those that

we're curious about OTS I'll give it a

quick summary but it's an eight-week

training and it's kind of a blend of

basic training tech school in airman

leadership school for the basic training

piece we get lovely wake-up calls at

zero 4:30 in the morning we also are in

charge of keeping our dorms very

pristinely clean and then there is also

a lot of marching so kind of a lot of

similar attributes that you would see in

basic training for tech school it's

similar because it's kind of broken up

into phases so once you first get there

you kind of get all your freedoms taken

away that includes coffee cell phones

civilian clothes so similar to tech

school you have to earn your freedom

back over time and the last piece like I

said it's very similar to Airmen

leadership school or also known as ALS

which is the required training from a 45

to become an NCO the majority of OTS is

spent in the classroom and it really

mirrors the ALS curriculum and for those

I asked about the space force in OTS

they are currently building a team as we

speak to work with the officer sessions

into the space force and then right now

there's no clear-cut answer how to

commission into the space force but as

soon as I get any information I'll get

that to you I also wanted to make a huge

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