HomeNewsArticle Display

OTS beta courses test accelerated commissioning program for SNCOs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) --

Air University is testing a new, accelerated program to help fast-track qualifying Air Force senior noncommissioned officers looking to commission as second lieutenants.

Beta tests for the Officer Training School-Accelerated Commissioning Program, scheduled to run in August and November of this year, will each last 14 days, compared to the current program which lasts 40 training days.

“The accelerated commissioning program is part of an effort to revolutionize Air Education and Training Command’s force development and create a best-in-the-world learning model to train the leaders of tomorrow’s Air Force faster and smarter,” said Brig. Gen. William Spangenthal, AETC director of Operations and Communications. “Part of providing the right training for Airmen is breaking certain industrial-age training paradigms.”

OTS-ACP tests help break the paradigm that time must be a constant in training. In the normal OTS curriculum, all trainees, regardless of initial competence level, are trained for the same amount of time before graduating. OTS-ACP will also focus on Airmen-centered teaching methods, using case studies and experiential learning.

"We felt that we could tailor a class to senior NCOs that wouldn't require 40 days because they know how to march, they know how to salute and they already know how to be outstanding at the basics of being an Airman," Spangenthal said. "We'll have to validate that, of course, but this is the rationale behind OTS-ACP."

“We don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution,” Spangenthal continued. “Individual Airmen learn differently and we can provide them with the learning tools that speak best to them. We have found that when you allow Airmen to move at their pace, they almost always move faster.”

To streamline OTS-ACP, the selected senior noncommissioned officers will receive self-study assignments to complete before they arrive, giving OTS cadre the ability to focus the syllabus on transitioning members of the beta tests from the mindset of a senior NCO to the mindset of a commissioned officer, said Col. Peter Bailey, OTS commandant.

“OTS has always been the flexible arm of the three commissioning sources,” Bailey said. “We are constantly evolving to provide the right training to the right Airman at the right time.”

Selectees for the beta tests were chosen through the current OTS board selection process. These senior NCOs voluntarily applied to OTS, and those selected for OTS by the January-February 2019 selection board were then reviewed by the Air Force Recruiting Service.

The program is not one to which Airmen apply directly; candidates for OTS-ACP were selected from the pool of OTS selects using the present OTS application process. The AFRS then searched from within those that applied for master sergeants and above that had completed Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy either by correspondence or in-residence.

“OTS-ACP’s ultimate goal is not to produce officers faster but, instead, to find the best method of taking Airmen who already have years of experience and develop them as efficiently as possible into commissioned officers ready to lead the Air Force’s next fight,” Spangenthal said. “The goal is to create a better, more ready Airman at the end of OTS-ACP. This is 100% about mission effectiveness.”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
#ICYMI, here's a snapshot review of 2019 TSP Atlantic Resolve. #USAF #USAirForce https://t.co/CXYr3mr8a2
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: At the end of the day, we are a profession of arms... If we’re not debating the big issues, and if we don’t have the f…
RT @AFEnergy: We're listening! How do YOU think the @usairforce could better optimize #aviation fuel use? ✈️⚡️ @AirMobilityCmd @HQ_AFMC @U
RT @PACAF: .@usairforce Capt. Cole Holloway from @KadenaAirBase achieved his dream of becoming a fighter pilot and then found out he had a…
RT @AF_Lax: Class of 2023 just completed Boxing - Awesome Experience! Thank you ⁦@AF_Boxing54⁩ Coach Baldi and crew! #LeadersOfCharacter #W
The Digital Air Force is the way of the future— it’s how we will fly, fight and win. @ActingSecAF spent some time a… https://t.co/DbYj0lZ2Pa
RT @AFSpace: The official signing ceremony for @US_SpaceCom will take place tomorrow, Aug 29, @WhiteHouse at 4pm (EST) #USSPACECOM https://…
RT @Space_Station: The future at @NASA is bright. ✨ @AstroHague shares what’s next for us: #Artemis! We’re going forward to the Moon and on…
RT @grandslamwing: Qatar Embassy defense attaché from Washington, D.C., Col Nawaf Mubarak Al-Thani, visited AUAB. During the visit, Brig. G…
RT @DeptofDefense: LIVE: Secretary of Defense @EsperDoD & Chairman @thejointstaff @USMC Gen. Dunford brief reporters at the Pentagon. https…
“We didn’t know what the area below us really looked like,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, Second Air Force commande… https://t.co/Cscus2T8Sb
RT @USAFHealth: Patriot Warrior is the @USAFReserve's premier exercise, providing Airmen an opportunity to train with joint and internation…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Great to be here with @SenJohnHoeven & all of you in the great state of #NorthDakota —home to our Air Force’s only Glo…
RT @PACAF: #PACAF #Airmen truly exemplify excellence. Read about how @usairforce MSgt Roger Halle from @KadenaAirBase helped save the lif…
Thank you #Detroit for hosting us. Citizens of #Chicago, #AmericasAirForce is heading your way this October. Stay t… https://t.co/0rxv3RyqHK
RT @USSOCOM: #ICYMI "As the sole special operations ground force component operating within the exercise, the Special Tactics troops provid…
RT @419fw: Nearly 70 here @HAFB flown and maintained by the active duty @388fw and @AirForceReserve @419fw, the first operational F-35A uni…
RT @AFGlobalStrike: In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command and control centers, the #E-4B provides a highly surviv…