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18
Aug

FY17 Officer Selection Boards — UPDATES!!

FY17 Officer Selection Boards — UPDATES!!

THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED ON: 16 Aug2017, 1000 CST


17OT04 Civilian Applicant Officer Selection Board – DOES NOT APPLY TO ACTIVE DUTY APPLICANTS


 17OT05 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board

– If selected Go to https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/11470/4%20%20Active%20Duty%20Selection%20Instructions/Forms/AllItems.aspx to get Manual Active Duty Selection Instructions and form to fill out. Email form to [removed].

– Anticipated to be released via PSDM 17-XX, NLT 15 September 2017.


17OT06 Civilian Applicant Officer Selection Board – DOES NOT APPLY TO ACTIVE DUTY APPLICANTS


NEW!! 17OT07 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board – CANCELLED

– Due to the overwhelming number of highly qualified AD Applications, AFRS has reached our FY18 Accessions Requirements.

– Applications from 17OT03 and 17OT05 will NOT roll into FY18.  If you wish to apply for a commission, you MUST resubmit your Application Package during the application window, FY18 Board Schedule uploaded under Board Schedule and Application Cut-off Dates.


 

Officer Selection Boards are subject to be cancelled once our accessions targets are meet.

28
Jun

FY17 Officer Selection Boards — UPDATES!! (27 June 2017)

FY17 Officer Selection Boards — UPDATES!!

THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED ON: 27 June 2017, 1010 CDT

17OT01 Non-Rated Officer Selection Board

– Released via PSDM 17-30.
– If you are a Selectee, follow the instructions at the link “SELECTED FOR A COMMISSION – NEXT STEPS” in the Navigation Menu to the left. Follow the Instructions carefully.
– NEW!! – DUE TO A RECENT SHAREPOINT MERGER – UPLOADING YOUR DOCUMENTS IS NOT WORKING – WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING THIS FIXED ASAP. We were able to retrieve information already posted, we will contact selects if additional information is needed when assigning class dates.

– Go to https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/11470/4%20%20Active%20Duty%20Selection%20Instructions/Forms/AllItems.aspx to get Manual Active Duty Selection Instructions and form to fill out. Email form to AFRS.RSOCL.afrsadselect@us.af.mil .

PLEASE DO NOT CALL AFRS TO INQUIRE ABOUT ATTENDING TFOT – YOU WILL RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL LETTER FROM AFRS/RSOC APPROX. 90 DAYS BEFORE YOU NEED TO REPORT!!


 17OT02 Rated Officer Selection Board

– Released via PSDM 17-25.
– If you are a Selectee, follow the instructions at the link “SELECTED FOR A COMMISSION – NEXT STEPS” in the Navigation Menu to the left. Follow the Instructions carefully.
NEW!! – DUE TO A RECENT SHAREPOINT MERGER – UPLOADING YOUR DOCUMENTS IS NOT WORKING – WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING THIS FIXED ASAP. We were able to retreive information already posted, we will contact selects if additional information is needed when assigning class dates.

– Go to https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/11470/4%20%20Active%20Duty%20Selection%20Instructions/Forms/AllItems.aspx to get Manual Active Duty Selection Instructions and form to fill out. Email form to AFRS.RSOCL.afrsadselect@us.af.mil .

PLEASE DO NOT CALL AFRS TO INQUIRE ABOUT ATTENDING TFOT – YOU WILL RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL LETTER FROM AFRS/RSOC APPROX. 90 DAYS BEFORE YOU NEED TO REPORT!!


 17OT03 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board

– Anticipated to be released to commanders for notification on 9 June 2017 via PSDM 17-43, prior to public release 16 June 2017, 0900L.

– Go to https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/11470/4%20%20Active%20Duty%20Selection%20Instructions/Forms/AllItems.aspx to get Manual Active Duty Selection Instructions and form to fill out. Email form to AFRS.RSOCL.afrsadselect@us.af.mil .

PLEASE DO NOT CALL AFRS TO INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION OR SELECTION RESULTS!!


 17OT04 Civilian Applicant Officer Selection Board – DOES NOT APPLY TO ACTIVE DUTY APPLICANTS


 17OT05 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board

– NEW!  The Application deadline has been extended to COB 15 Jun 2017 to accomodate for site downtime. The site is up and running, however, only use the “SAVE FOR LATER” button. Do not click box to acivate submit button, it is not working. You will get an error if you do. After you hit the “Save for Later” button, if you can see your record we have it. We will communicate with you through sharepoint on your application status the during the week before the board start date.  CHECK THIS PAGE FREQUENTLY FOR UPDATES. 

– Late or incomplete applications will be rejected and will NOT meet this Board.

– 17OT03 non-selects will automatically rollover to this 17OT05 board if eligible, DO NOT resubmit new application.

– Go to https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/11470/4%20%20Active%20Duty%20Selection%20Instructions/Forms/AllItems.aspx to get Manual Active Duty Selection Instructions and form to fill out. Email form to AFRS.RSOCL.afrsadselect@us.af.mil .

– Anticipated to be released via PSDM 17-XX, NLT 1 September 2017.


17OT06 Civilian Applicant Officer Selection Board – DOES NOT APPLY TO ACTIVE DUTY APPLICANTS


NEW!! 17OT07 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board – CANCELLED

– Due to the overwhelming number of highly qualified AD Applications, AFRS has reached our FY18 Accessions Requirements.

– Applications from 17OT03 and 17OT05 will NOT roll into FY18.  If you wish to apply for a commission, you MUST resubmit your Application Package during the application window.

– The FY18 LO Board Schedule will be uploaded shortly.


 

Officer Selection Boards are subject to be cancelled once our accessions targets are meet.

21
May

TFOT Updates

The purpose of this post is to consolidate updates to the Total Force Officer Training (TFOT) course.  I am trying to keep the first section as a summary to consolidate what we know, and the second section for the actual first-hand accounts.  Either way, we will know a lot more once the classes start in June.

Summary:

  • Classes 17-05 and 17-06 (April to June 2017) are the last classes under the old format.  The old format started with Total Force Indoctrination Training (TFIT) and ended with TFOT.
  • TFIT was 5 Training Days (TD), TFOT was 42 TDs for a grand total of 47 TDs (9.5 weeks).
  • The new course will be implemented for 17-07 and 17-08 (June – August 2017) and later.
  • The new course is dropping TFIT but will keep TFOT.  TFOT will still be 42 TDs (closer to 8.5 weeks).
  • What cadets learned during TFIT is not being removed, it is being incorporated into the TFOT curriculum.
  • The ropes course has been removed.

Click Here for the specific FY2017 TFOT class schedule dates.  Click Here to see my page with all of the schedules.

First-Hand Accounts

Det 12, Class 17-05:

As per the MTI’s, they’re getting rid of splitting up TFIT/TFOT.  They’re not getting rid of the skills you learn at TFIT (marching), but it will no longer be two separate programs.  The material taught at TFIT will likely be shortened by a few days.

They’re making the program as a whole 1-2 weeks shorter.  They are cutting out a lot of the downtime and making some of the lessons computer-based.  From what I understand, Cadets will likely be assigned a few of those tests before they arrive at OTS.  The MTI’s have said they may also put together a how-to marching guide/video for Cadets to look at before they get here.  The ropes course will be removed, as it was too expensive to maintain.

We phased up incredibly quickly here, and that seems to be to our cadets correcting one another.  Key areas of interest are giving greetings of the day, saluting, moving with a sense of urgency, keeping bearing, standardization, and generally looking out for one another.

14
Apr

FY17 Officer Selection Boards — UPDATES!!

FY17 Officer Selection Boards — UPDATES!!

Author: AFRS Line Officer Accessions

Published: Thu, Jun 1, 2017
Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Published: Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Published: Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Published: Tue, Apr 18, 2017
Published: Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Published: Thu, Apr 13, 2017

NEW!!  NEW!!

17OT01 Non-Rated Officer Selection Board
– Released via PSDM 17-30.
– If you are a Selectee, follow the instructions at the link “SELECTED FOR A COMMISSION – NEXT STEPS” in the Navigation Menu to the left. Follow the Instructions carefully.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL AFRS TO INQUIRE ABOUT ATTENDING TFOT – YOU WILL RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL LETTER FROM AFRS/RSOC APPROX. 90 DAYS BEFORE YOU NEED TO REPORT!!

17OT02 Rated Officer Selection Board
– Released via PSDM 17-25.
– If you are a Selectee, follow the instructions at the link “SELECTED FOR A COMMISSION – NEXT STEPS” in the Navigation Menu to the left. Follow the Instructions carefully.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL AFRS TO INQUIRE ABOUT ATTENDING TFOT – YOU WILL RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL LETTER FROM AFRS/RSOC APPROX. 90 DAYS BEFORE YOU NEED TO REPORT!!

17OT03 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board
– Anticipated to be released via PSDM 17-XX, NLT 16 June 2017.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL AFRS TO INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION OR SELECTION RESULTS!!

17OT04 Civilian Applicant Officer Selection Board – DOES NOT APPLY TO ACTIVE DUTY APPLICANTS

17OT05 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board
– Application deadline is 12 June 2017.  Late or incomplete applications will be rejected and will NOT meet this Board.
– Anticipated to be released via PSDM 17-XX, NLT 18 August 2017.

17OT06 Civilian Applicant Officer Selection Board – DOES NOT APPLY TO ACTIVE DUTY APPLICANTS

17OT07 Active Duty Applicant Officer Selection Board
– Application deadline is 21 August 2017.  Late or incomplete applications will be rejected and will NOT meet this Board.
– Anticipated to be released via PSDM 18-XX, NLT 20 October 2017.


NOTE:  Applicants can only have one active application with AFRS at any given time. Each applicant can apply for up to three Boards, if eligible. If non-selected after the third Board, the applicant can reapply again after 12 months has transpired from the release date of the last Board. If applicants wish to meet consecutive active duty boards within a FY, they need to list all board numbers in the Profile Header, (Boards 17OT03/17OT05/17OT07). Applications will automatically rollover to the next consecutive boards within a FY, if applicant is still eligible.

Rollover will not occur into a new FY board schedule, applicants will need to resubmit their Application following the most current Line Officer Accessions Total Force Officer Training (TFOT) Program Guide for Active Duty Airmen.

Officer Selection Boards are subject to be cancelled once our accessions targets are meet.

23
Mar

Update on 125 Applicant Limit!

One of the most nerve-wracking parts of the new TFOT guide is the following update about a 125 applicant limit:

“1.4. BOARD SCHEDULE INFORMATION – The Board schedule is located on AFRS AF Portal page under “Apply for a Commission via TFIT/TFOT (Active Duty Enlisted Airman)” link. The Board schedule has firm application cut-off dates. All applications must be complete and in place with AFRS/RSOCL no later than (NLT) 1600 hour Central Standard Time (CST). An application submission link will be activated two weeks before the application cut-off date. Refer to the Board schedule for cutoff  dates. The first 125 applications will be processed to meet the Board. The link will be deactivated once 125 records are received. Those submitted pass the 125 max will be pushed to the next available same type Board.”

Many people have been slipping in questions about this new rule to AFRS and it sounds to me like this rule was originally designed with a different intent and will likely not be enforced.  Here is the info I have gathered over the past few months.  If you have talked to AFRS directly, post a comment and I will add your input to this post.

17OT02 Facebook Group, March 9, 2017

“I called and talked to Rose today as I received a rip with an ADSC.  I am good to sign it without it effecting me.  I also asked if we should expect any delay and she said it is looking like there will be a delay, but did not give an estimate.

She said that the “first 125 applicants” was to be deleted from the current guide before being sent and that is not the case. You still cannot be part of two boards at once and starting with 17OT03 you will only be allowed 3 attempts in a year without having a “cool down” to reapply.  After your third attempt in a year you must wait a full year before submitting again.”

Facebook Message From Future OTS Applicant, March 22, 2017

I wanted to pass on a friendly word after receiving contact from AFRS.  I asked them about the 125 cutoff in the new TFOT guide and they responded that this was intended when 17OT03 was still a NAF board and won’t be applied to the active/civilian boards.  I then replied asking explicitly that as long as everyone applies before the submission deadline their packet will be seen by the board and she replied “yes”.  This is a huge relief for me, might be for others too.”

Found on Facebook on 24 March 2017
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Posted on Facebook, used with permission from the original poster.

 

25
Jan

New AF Line Officer Program Guide and Board Schedule!

The AFRS Accessions staff posted this message on a page accessible to the Active Duty community (Air Force Portal).  The TFOT Program Guide superseded the BOT Guide and applies to Active Duty Air Force applicants only.  I’ll try to point out and emphasize notes which apply to both the Active Duty and civilian applicant communities.  Message below.  Also note the links should work if you have AF Portal access.


New AF Line Officer (LO) Program Guide and Board Schedule!

HQ Air Force Recruiting Service has published a new Line Officer Accessions Total Force Officer Training (TFOT) Program Guide and a new LO Board Schedule, effective 19 January 2017.

The use of this TFOT Program Guide is effective immediately for all future Line Officer application submissions for active duty enlisted personnel.  Application Packages submitted using the outdated BOT Program Guide will be returned. This new TFOT Program Guide has significant changes.

Please thoroughly read and follow all directions on how to complete the forms and submit any needed waivers.  Failure to follow the instructions will result in your Application Package being returned to you.  If you have questions or concerns when filling out your Application Package, contact your Base Education and Training Office.  You may apply for a commission as both a Rated officer or Non-Rated officer – if you meet the eligibility requirements.  Clearly indicate in your Application Package, the AFSCs for which you would desire a commission.  The Accessions Enterprise will make every effort to match you to your preferred AFSC. However, understand the Air Force cannot always match you to your preferences.  In these cases you will be matched to an AFSC for which you qualify and which meet the  accessions requirements for the Air Force (needs of the Air Force).

27
Oct

From the Inbox – USAF Officer Select Status Update

One of my readers forwarded this update to me.  He received it a few days ago from the Chief of the Officer Accessions Branch at Randolph.

——————Message Below———————
Fellow Airmen and soon to be USAF Officers,

Congratulations on being selected on the 16OT03 Non-Rated Officer Selection Board!  You were handpicked to fill the role of leading the Air Force into the next era of Air Superiority.
Here at Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS), FY16 was stellar recruiting year and we’ve met all of our FY17 requirements from the FY16 Officer Selection Boards.  Since we have been so successful, we have an abundance of Selects (such as yourself) that we need to process and assign to a TFOT Class seat.  Please understand, we are actively doing just that, every day we come to work. I know “not knowing” is discomforting to say the least.  I wanted to reach out to you and explain what has been, and is currently, happening.
Our AFSC specific requirements come from HAF/A1 – from there we assign Selects (you) into AFSCs based on those requirements and Board selection date.  As of today, my team and I have filled TFOT Class seats all the way out to the 29 March 2017 (17-05) Class.  There are a total of 8 TFOT Classes in FY17.  My mission is to make every effort to get you into a FY17 TFOT Class.  That said, please understand Officer Training School (OTS) gives me a limited number of TFOT Class seats to fill for each Class.  Those seats are filled with not just our active duty Airmen (you) but the civilians that were selected from the same Officer Selection Board you met, plus our Guard and Reserve Airmen.
I am sure you are eager to receive your TFOT Class date and start this new chapter of your career. I will be sending you (and your Commander) your TFOT Class Assignment Letter on or about 90 days prior to your Class start date and my team will work with AFPC to get your Orders cut ASAP, to help facilitate a smooth PCS for you (and possibly your family).
If, for some reason, I am unable to assign you into a FY17 TFOT Class, you will certainly be at the top of the list for filling an early FY18 Class (in August or September 2017).  Please hang in there.  I hope that this information helps somewhat in your understanding that we haven’t forgotten you; the Air Force still wants and needs you; you’re still an Officer candidate select, you will be assigned a Class as quickly as possible, and you will receive a TFOT Assignment Letter roughly 90 days prior to your Class start date.
If you email me directly because you have a “special circumstance,” I will NOT entertain it.  Use your chain of command (e.g., your Commander).  I’ll want to know the “what and why” re: those special circumstances; so I can make an informed decision.
Thank you for your service as a loyal and proven enlisted Airman.  And, congratulations once more for working hard and being selected to meet a new challenge of being an even better leader as an Officer in the United States Air Force!  Best of Luck!
13
Oct

October ’16 Non-Rated LO Selection Board Postponed

This was posted on the Air Force Portal on Tuesday, October 11, 2016:

“Due to the high number of line officer applications and limited available training vacancies, the October 2016 Non-Rated Line Officer Selection Board has been postponed to March 2017, with an expected release date of April 2017. Currently all Fiscal 2017, and the first quarter of Fiscal 2018, officer training vacancies have been filled. Rescheduling the October 2016 Non-Rated Line Officer Selection Board, allows AFRS to begin filling Fiscal 2018 jobs when training vacancies become available. We understand the concern and uncertainly this causes for those that have applied. Note that applications submitted (and received at HQ/AFRS by the cut-off date) for the October 2016 Non-Rated Line Officer Selection Board will meet the March 2017 board. You will not have to re-apply. However, if rescheduling the board, is going to cause any age, DEROS or TOS issues, please contact your local MPF and/or your installation education office for information. You can also check out the FAQs here. It is recommended you visit this page frequently for the most up-to-date information about the Line Officer program.”

Public Affairs Version:
http://www.aetc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/5115/Article/967817/non-rated-lo-board-rescheduled-other-changes-on-the-horizon.aspx

27
May

AFRS Update

What’s Hot!!

1.    The Release for the 16OT03 Non-rated board has been delayed. Estimated delay timeframe is approximately three weeks.

2.    Update!! As of 14 April 2016, the 180-day wait period is no longer in effect.  Applicants can apply for multiple boards as long as they are eligible.

3.    Public PSDM board release messages are at:
https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/30767 

4.    Go here if you are a select:
https://cs1.eis.af.mil/sites/afrsregistration/4%20%20Active%20Duty%20Selection%20Instructions/Forms/AllItems.aspx

Please do not contact our office asking for class dates, etc.  If you follow the instructions listed, you should be getting a class letter approximately 90 days AFTER completing all tasks.  There are exceptions due to DEROS, Age, deployments, etc.  Use this email for all requested correspondence:
AFRS.RSOCL.afrsadselect@us.af.mil

5.    Update! CHANGE, CHANGE IMMEDIATELY as of 14 April 2016, NEW GPA minimum for Non-rated Applicants is now 2.50.  GPA waiver consideration criteria as change too.  GPA waiver requests will be accepted with applications.  GPA waivers will only be considered for exceptional Rated/Non-rated applicants with a minimum cumulative score of 58 or higher in the AA sub-score.  This change will be reflected in the next update to the Active Duty BOT Application Guide.

6.    Go here for current board schedule :  https://cs1.eis.af.mil/sites/afrsregistration/1%20%20Line%20Officer%20BOT%20Selection%20Board%20Schedule/Forms/AllItems.aspx

7.    NEW! Base Education counselors are now able to assist you with the application process.  Make sure you contact them before trying to reach us.

Base Education counselors please email AFRS.RSOCL.afrsbeso@us.af.mil with your inquiries.

8.    NEW! Application Packet format changes effective immediately with the 16OT02 Board! Click https://cs1.eis.af.mil/sites/afrsregistration/2%20%20Active%20Duty%20Basic%20Officer%20Training%20Guide/Forms/AllItems.aspxto go to new Attachment 9, for new profile template and documents.Changes are: removal of AFOQT, ABM, PCSM and Flying Hours table. Add AFOQT, ABM, and PCSM printouts source packet and insert into Application packet between Profile and AF FM 56, page 6, Commander’s Interview. Private Pilot License question remains and flying hours question added. NOTE: Removed reference to 3 LOR’s and TF entry. Active duty enlisted only authorized one LOR.  Do not upload PDF files in portfolio format.  Your application will be rejected.  Format does not allow for proper QC and/or board members review.

9.    UPDATE! AFOQT, ABM and PCSM printouts will be placed in application Packet. Printout must have T Version scores! All older version scores have been converted. Click here for information on conversion.http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/588519/afoqt-scores-updated-as-af-implements-new-test-form.aspx http://access.afpc.af.mil/pcsmdmz/faq2_0.html and https://w20.afpc.randolph.af.mil/afoqtsnet20/DODBanner.aspx.

10.  UPDATE! RPA Exception to Age continues to be in effect for all FY16/17 Rated boards.  An exception-to-the age policy has been granted for RPA applicants who wish to compete on rated boards.  Applicants who are eligible to commission prior to age 35 are eligible to apply. Individuals who are 34 by the board convening date must have or have initiated a flying class IIU physical. You must provide verification of completing/initiating this process. Refer to paragraph A5.1.4 in Attachment 5 of BOT guide dated Dec 2015 for physical documentation requirements. Application Notes: Write “RPA ETP” over yes/no section of rated age questions on questionnaires and on AF FM 56, 28A. Mark “other” and type in “RPA ETP”

11.  UPDATE!  AFRS is no longer accepting incomplete applications.  If your application is missing any required documents listed on attachment 9, it will be rejected without review.

17
Mar

Congrats to 16OT02 (Rated) Selects!

I would like to congratulate everyone who was selected for the 16OT02 board!  Please post a comment if I or my blog have helped you in any way.  We would all love to hear your story.

  • I’m a civilian select. I found your blog after my package was submitted but your blog was extremely insightful and well written. Your stories definitely made the wait go by faster and gave us all something to look forward too going to OTS.  Still waiting to find out if I got a pilot slot but none the less grateful to be selected.
  • Just wanted you to know that I got accepted into OTS as a pilot!!!  Thank you so much for all of your help with my package, it would not have been the same without your advice.
  • Thanks airforceotsguy! I was a civilian pilot select for this board and your blog has alleviated a lot of my anxieties about OTS. It actually seemed like you were having fun at times. The one thing I am worried about is the lack of sleep though, as you said. I hate that my body needs 9+ hours to feel rested. Hopefully I’ll power through!
  • I was selected for RPA pilot on the 15OT03 board. I’m just waiting on my class date. It’s been a year since I started the process, so now I am just ready to go. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks a bunch.
  • I’m overjoyed to report that I’m a civilian pilot select. I discovered this blog towards the end of my application process, but all of the information here is priceless, especially as I get ready to attend OTS. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences through this blog. I know it’s been a blessing for me. -Aviator222
  • I’m a civilian pilot select, excited to see your posts and everyone’s activity on your blog, and elated to go to OTS. Thanks for your perspective and reporting.