How can an Air Force enlisted person become a US Air Force officer?
Three options are readily available: 1. Officer Academy 2. ROTC
3. OTS (Officer Training School) Air Force enlisted members can
become officers by first finding out their eligibility to apply for
Officer Training School (OTS) or the Officer Academy. You must be
of a certain age in order to qualify (the age is near 21 or 22 as a
cut off point for the Academy, where you can obtain your degree
while training to be commissioned when you graduate. Yet attending
OTS, which is a twelve week course, means you already have a four
year degree and wish to become an Air Force Officer. ROTC (Reserve
Officer Training Corps) is another option that enlisted members can
participate in while attending college. You can attend college
while studying to attain your four year degree in certain technical
fields required in order to be commissioned as a second Lieutenant.
You would be getting paid as an enlisted member at the rank of E-5
(Staff Sergeant) while taking ROTC specific courses (Only if you
are going through the Air Force course of AECP, will you get paid
to go to ROTC). Eligibility for ROTC is not as extensive, yet it
means becoming an officer which requires a lot of knowledge and
leadership skills to begin with. Enlisted or not, you must take the
AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test).