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Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development

The Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, was established in June 2008. The organization is the umbrella organization for Air Force officer recruitment and training and citizenship programs within the Air University.

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Personnel and resources
The Holm Center includes more than 3,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard and civilians supporting more than 125,000 students. The organization has 1,036 operating locations worldwide.

An endeavor 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 Officer Training School under Headquarters Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools. This restructuring placed approximately 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 re-designated as the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development.

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 United States and Puerto Rico and at OTS. The Holm Center produces approximately 80 percent of Air Force line officers and trains more than 99% of Air Force chaplain, nurse and medical specialties and legal officers. These new officers join active duty, Guard and Reserve units. 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 leads and directs the Air Force's high school citizenship development program, Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Air Force ROTC is the largest and oldest commissioning source of officers for the Air Force. AFROTC is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through academic education, field training and professional development training programs based on Air Force requirements. Students can attend classes at 145 host schools or more than 1,100 associated cross-town enrollment programs. Cadet enrollments have ranged from a high of 23,605 in 1986 to a low of 10,231 in 1993. In 2018, AFROTC commissioned over 1,800 second lieutenants into the Air Force.

AFROTC offers multiple routes for college students to receive an Air Force commission based on degree requirements ranging from two-to-five-year programs. AFROTC also has three programs in which enlisted personnel may pursue a commission: Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC, Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program and Professional Officer Course-Early Release Program. These programs require Airmen to leave active duty to complete their degree and Air Force requirements necessary to earn a commission. Two other enlisted commissioning programs—Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program and Senior Leader Enlisted Commissioning Program—allow members to complete undergraduate degrees while receiving full pay and benefits. Upon graduation, students attend Officer Training School and commission as a second lieutenant.

Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
Air Force Junior ROTC is a Title 10, United States Code, citizenship program that provides a citizenship development and aerospace science program for high school youth. Enrollment in the Junior ROTC program is open to all students who are in the ninth-12th grades and are United States citizens. The objectives of the junior program are to inspire, educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility and self-discipline and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

Located at 900 high school campuses across the United States and selected Department of Defense Dependent Schools overseas, AFJROTC instructs, mentors and guides over 120,000 students daily, including more than 1,600 students at 14 overseas units. The AFJROTC program is expected to expand to a minimum of 955 units in the future. Each year, the cadets of AFJROTC perform over 1.6 million hours of community service, generating goodwill toward the Air Force and positive impacts in 900 communities worldwide. AFJROTC is an outreach tool that inspires youth to service, aviation and the Air Force.

Officer Training School
Officer Training School is the "flexible partner" of Air Force commissioning programs organized as a group-level command with three squadrons and one Air National Guard detachment. The mission of OTS is “To educate and train officers of character who are committed to the Air Force core values – equipped to lead and ready to win.” 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 currently produces more than 3,000 trained officers annually, which equates to approximately 54% of all Air Force officer accessions.

Officer Training School prepares Air Force active duty, Reserve and Guard officer trainees for the physical and professional requirements of military service. The program consists of a 30-hour prerequisite distance learning course followed by eight weeks of intensive military training and leadership development for college graduates.

Point of contact
Headquarters Air University, Office of Public Affairs, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112, DSN 493-2015 or 334-953-2015.

(Current as of June 2019)