Officer Candidate & Training School

Officer Candidate School Officer Candidate Schools (OCS), or Officer Training Schools (OTS) for Air Force personnel, prepare potential commissioned officers for a career in the military. Courses generally cover basic military training, leadership development, and physical training. These schools vary in length depending on the branch of service, but typically last between nine and 17 weeks.

Attendance at an OCS/OTS is limited to civilians who have a four-year college degree, enlisted service members with at least 90 hours of college credit who are transitioning into officer roles, and Direct Commission Officers. Learn more about each branch’s specific school below.

BranchAir ForceArmyCoast GuardMarine CorpsNavy
Duration9 weeks12 weeks17 weeks10 weeks12 weeks
Rank Upon GraduationSecond LieutenantSecond LieutenantEnsignSecond LieutenantEnsign
LocationMaxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, AlabamaFort Benning, GeorgiaCoast Guard Academy, ConnecticutMarine Corps Base Quantico, VirginiaNaval Station Newport, Rhode Island
More InformationAir Force OTSArmy OCSCoast Guard - OCSMarine Corps - OCSNavy OCS

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