Air Education and Training Command headquarters and the Air Staff are reviewing proposals from the Officer Training School that would make dramatic changes to the way the Air Force prepares its new officers. The proposal would merge OTS’s three separate officer programs into a single course combining Active Duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard officer candidates and new officers with direct commissions as judge advocates, medical professionals, and chaplains. OTS, based at Maxwell AFB, Ala., currently runs the Basic Officer Training School for prospective Active Duty and Reserve officers, the Academy of Military Science for ANG officer candidates, and the Commissioned Officers School for direct-commissioned non-line officers. “We want to change that,” Lt. Col. Ryan Aerni, commander of the 24th Training Squadron, told Air Force Magazine. “We want a common officer training experience” to give Total Force officers a shared foundation for their service. Aerni asked why the Air Guard needed its own officer training process, and said some non-line officers consider themselves different from all the other Air Force officers. He cited the recent “crossing the blue line” ceremony, in which all three schools joined to show their commitment to Air Force service, as a start.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…