Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development
Published September 11, 2008
The Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development is located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Created in June 2008, the organization was redesignated as the umbrella organization for Air Force officer recruitment and training and citizenship programs within the Air University.
Develop Air Force leaders and citizens of character to serve the nation.
A diverse culture of leadership development focused on continuous learning, enthusiasm, pride, compliance and tradition.
Personnel and Resources
The Holm Center includes more than 3,700 active-duty, Reserve and Guard members and civilian personnel supporting more than 135,000 students. The organization has 2,055 operating locations worldwide and more than 62,000 Civil Air Patrol volunteers.
An effort to reduce duplication of effort and streamline administrative and reporting procedures was completed in February 1997 by realigning Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and Air Force Officer Training School under Headquarters Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools. This restructuring placed about three-quarters of Air Force officer production under AFOATS and facilitated the sharing of manpower and expertise with minimum effect on the day-to-day operations of AFROTC or OTS. It also included the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. In June 2008, AFOATS was redesignated as the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development.
The Holm Center produces approximately 75 percent of Air Force line officers and trains 100 percent of Air Force chaplain, nurse and medical specialties and legal officers. These new officers join active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units.
The Holm Center commander provides coordinated leadership and policy direction for the Air Force's officer recruiting, training and commissioning programs at AFROTC detachments at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico and at OTS. The Holm Center staff develops curriculum and provides communications, computers, logistics, instructors and financial management support to train tomorrow's Air Force officers. The Holm Center also directs the Air Force's high school citizenship training programs, AFJROTC and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Holm Center provides Air Force advice, assistance, liaison and oversight to the CAP, a non-profit, federally supported, public benefit corporation that serves as the official auxiliary of the Air Force.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
AFROTC is the largest and oldest source of commissioned officers for the Air Force. The organization's mission is to produce leaders for the Air Force. AFROTC is located on 145 college and university campuses, with more than 1,100 additional schools participating in cross-town agreements that allow their students to attend AFROTC classes at an area host school. This program commissions approximately 2,000 second lieutenants each year.
AFROTC offers two primary routes to receive an Air Force commission - a four-year or a two-year program. AFROTC has four programs in which enlisted members may pursue a commission: Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC, Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program, Airmen Education and Commissioning Program, Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program and the Professional Officer Course Early Release Program.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
AFJROTC provides citizenship training and an aerospace science program for high school students. Enrollment in the JROTC program is open to all young people who are in the 9th or higher grade and a United States citizen. The objectives of the junior program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship; promote community service; instill responsibility, develop character, and self-discipline; and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.
Located on more than 866 high school campuses across the United States and selected Department of Defense dependent schools overseas, JROTC instructs, mentors and guides more than 120,000 students daily, including more than 1,600 students at 18 overseas units. The AFJROTC program is expected to expand to 955 units in the future.
Air Force Officer Training School
OTS is the "flexible partner" of Air Force commissioning programs. It is organized as a group-level command with three squadrons and one Air National Guard detachment. The organization's mission is to train and commission quality officers for the Air Force. Depending on each year's production requirements, OTS has the flexibility to increase or decrease production.
In the past, OTS has surged to meet wartime officer requirements, producing as many as 7,894 new second lieutenants in one year. OTS provides three officer training programs: Basic Officer Training, Commissioned Officer Training and Reserve Commissioned Officer Training. Together, they produce more than 2,000 trained officers annually, which equates to approximately 44 percent of all Air Force officer accessions.
Basic Officer Training is an intensive nine-week program that prepares officer trainees for the physical and professional requirements of military service. This training commissions an average of 500-700 new second lieutenants annually.
Commissioned Officer Training is a five-week program that provides military and leadership training for Air Force judge advocates, chaplains, medical services officers (doctors, nurses, dentists, biomedical science corps officers and hospital administrators) and medical scholarship recipients. It provides military training for about 1,100 officers yearly. These officers are trained for active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units.
The Reserve COT course is a 13-day intensive program designed for hard-to-recruit Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard medical service officers. Students are commissioned before training. The military rank of COT students is awarded based on the professional credentials in their respective fields. Student ranks typically range from second lieutenants to lieutenant colonels. Nearly 200 officers are trained in RCOT annually.
The Academy of Military Science is a detachment of the Air National Guard Readiness Center and relocated to Maxwell in 2009. AMS is a six-week program designed to train and commission second lieutenants to fulfill Air National Guard requirements. The AMS program covers the same subject areas as BOT and COT and also provides students education in Guard heritage. Currently, AMS has the capacity to produce 500 second lieutenants annually.
Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force
CAP-USAF is part of the Holm Center and is responsible for ensuring that Civil Air Patrol is organized, trained and equipped to fulfill Air Force-assigned missions. CAP-USAF provides day-to-day support, advice and liaison to CAP and provides oversight for CAP programs, with particular emphasis on safety and programmatic requirements. CAP-USAF personnel are the primary functional interface between other federal agencies and CAP.
For more than 60 years, CAP-USAF has had the distinct mission to provide guidance, assistance and oversight to CAP organizations nationwide to ensure they are organized, trained and equipped to perform their mission of homeland security, disaster response, citizen development and aerospace education.
CAP-USAF provides assistance and oversight on search and rescue, disaster relief and other emergencies and contingencies nationwide. CAP-USAF serves as the Air Force program office for the cooperative agreement and statement of work. The CAP-USAF commander is the program manager. CAP-USAF members make up the only active-duty flying unit at Maxwell and are the sole operational unit in Air University.
Headquarters CAP-USAF is staffed with 18 active-duty military and civil service members. Forward presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico is made possible by eight geographic regions. CAP-USAF's total active component, including all regions, is 74 members. These members are assigned to one of 25 locations across the country. Air Force Reserve members complement the CAP-USAF team with approximately 115 attached members. The CAP Reserve Assistance Program is the largest Air Force Reserve program in Air University.