How to Join the Air Force as an Officer

Learn about the three ways to join the Air Force as an officer to find out which is best for you.

How to Join the Air Force As an Officer

Thinking about joining the Air Force? If you're the captain of a sports team, president of a club or just enjoy the challenge of leading others, consider entering as an officer. As an Air Force officer, you'll receive career training, generous pay and unparalleled leadership opportunities.

How to Join the Air Force As an Officer

Attend Officer Training School
If you already have a bachelor's degree and are a U.S. citizen between 18 and 34 years old, you are eligible for Officer Training School. This 12-week program offers the physical fitness and leadership training recruits need to succeed as Air Force officers. Entrance into the Air Force Officer Training School is highly competitive. Recruits are judged on a host of factors, ranging from test scores to work experience to leadership potential.

Attend the Air Force Academy
Enroll in the Air Force Academy after high school to receive education and training from some of the military's top minds. As one of only five U.S. service academies, the Air Force Academy is one of the most selective schools in the country. To be considered, students need a recommendation from a member of Congress, a proven leadership record and high academic and physical test scores. If you're serious about the Air Force and want a world-class education, the Academy may be for you.

Join Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in College
Air Force ROTC is offered at more than 1,000 colleges across the United States. ROTC programs allow students to transition into an Air Force officer role immediately after school. Cadets in Air Force ROTC complete aerospace studies, leadership laboratory and physical training every week during college, and they are eligible for a variety of scholarships. Although ROTC training is a lot of extra work for busy college students, it provides tremendous growth and career opportunities.

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