Air Force announces OTS selections

18 Feb 2004 |

Air Force officials selected 84 enlisted airmen to trade in their stripes for gold bars by choosing them to attend Officer Training School, officials here announced Feb. 18.

OTS Selection Board 0403, which met here Jan. 13 to 16, considered 396 applications. The board selected 263 people, including the 84 airmen, for a 66-percent selection rate.

As part of the selection process, board members review both objective and subjective factors. Objectively, the board considers each applicant’s academic discipline, grade point average and Air Force Officer Qualifying Test scores. Subjectively, board members evaluate work experience, accomplishments, adaptability, character, leadership ability, potential for future growth and other recommendations. For active-duty enlisted airmen, performance reports and commander’s recommendations are also evaluated.

Five Air Force colonels review every application. The selection process is similar to an Air Force officer promotion board. No single factor leads to an individual's selection or nonselection, said OTS selection officials.

People selected can expect class-assignment information about eight weeks after their commissioning physical is certified. The OTS boards meet about every six weeks at the Air Force Recruiting Service headquarters here.

The school is only one of the avenues the service uses to commission new officers. The Air Force also sends more than 1,000 young men and women to its service academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and awards more than $60 million in ROTC scholarships each year. Service officials continue to seek qualified officers, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and engineers.

For more information concerning OTS and the application process, active-duty airmen should contact their local education services office; civilians should contact the nearest Air Force recruiter.

A full list of people selected for OTS is available at www.afrecruiting.com/view-newsrelease.asp?articleid=165.
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