PREPARE TO LEAD YOUR FELLOW AIRMEN
To begin the process of transitioning from Enlisted Airman to Officer, check to make sure that you meet all of our basic criteria.
- Be between 18 and 39 years of age.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Have at least a bachelor’s degree.
- If you’re already enlisted, you must have your unit commander’s approval/recommendation.
THE PATH TO LEADERSHIP
Air Force Officers are evaluated on their leadership potential, moral standards and academic strengths. Each candidate must go through a selective process to ensure they meet our requirements and have what it takes to become an officer.
Anyone striving to be an Air Force Officer must pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)—a multiple-choice test with topics ranging from verbal and math skills to questions covering specific fields of interest. This test can only be taken twice, so it’s essential to study and prepare wisely.
All applicants applying for the rated program must also take the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) to generate a Pilot Selection Candidate Method (PSCM) score.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SCREENING
As an active duty Air Force enlisted member, you will need to obtain an AF Form 422, Notification of Air Force Member’s Qualification Status, with a mandatory eligibility statement, to assess your physical and mental standards.
OFFICER TRAINING SCHOOL SELECTION BOARD
Every officer application is reviewed by the Officer Training School Selection Board, which evaluates both objective and subjective factors to determine if a candidate is a proper fit. No one factor can cause selection or rejection.
For active duty Air Force enlisted members, you may log in to the Air Force Portal for information on how to submit an application.
PREPARING FOR BASIC OFFICER TRAINING
Once you’ve been notified of your selection and completed any additional requirements, you’ll be assigned to the next available Basic Officer Training class. While waiting for your departure to Basic Officer Training, it is a good idea to prepare by working on your physical conditioning.