There are many avenues to becoming an officer in the Air Force Reserve.
- If you have served as an officer in any other branch of the service, your commission may be honored, and if it is, you will retain your rank or its equivalent.
- If you are in certain professions, a doctor or nurse for example, you will enter the Air Force Reserve as a commissioned officer, but you must attend a special officer training.
- If you are an Enlisted member of the Air Force Reserve or any other branch of service and have a college degree, you may be offered a commission and must then complete Officer Training School.
- If you are a member of Air Force ROTC, you may become a commissioned officer upon graduation.
All officer candidates attend a 12-week course at the Officer Training School at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Those who are in healthcare, legal or religious professional areas attend Commissioned Officer Training, which is a condensed course of study.