Officer Candidate School (OCS), known as Officer Training School (OTS) in the Air Force, is essentially the equivalent of enlisted Basic Training for those interested in becoming officers. There are three types of people who attend OCS/OTS:
- Graduates from a traditional four-year college or university
- Enlisted servicemembers transitioning into officer roles
- Direct Commission Officers (DCOs) with specialized skills or professional degrees
While duration and type of training varies among the Services, all teach military subjects, leadership skills and physical training. The goal is to prepare recruits for the challenges of officer life, from managing others to understanding military culture and law. You can learn more about specific programs and classes by visiting the Service-specific websites listed in the table below.