Recommended Items

These items aren't required but are highly recommended by OTS reporting instructions and prior graduates.

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Shoe Insoles

Not required, but they make boots a bit more comfortable.

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Rite in the Rain Pens

For use with the Rite in the Rain notebook.

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Erasable Pens

Just incase you need to write and rewrite things.

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Black Sharpies

You're probably going to have to label a thing or two.

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Bug Spray

Needed for OTS classes from April through November. Winter classes can skip this.

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AFOQT Flash Cards 2023-2024

Test Prep and Study Guide Flashcards with Practice Test Questions

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Zip Lock Bags

For storing things.

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Colored Duct Tape

Duct tape always comes in handy.

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Rite in the Rain

All-Weather paper won’t turn to mush when wet and will repel water.

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Desktop Printer

Not everyone in your flight will need one, but you'll be everyones best friend if you have one. Don't forget extra ink and paper.

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Garment Bag

Very helpful for transporting your service dress uniform without wrinkling it too much.

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Lighter

Always carry one on you for burning unsightly uniform strings.

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Sunscreen

Recommended year round, as you'll be getting some sun through out OTS even in the winter months.

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Work Gloves Black

A must have for field training, the gloves can have small logos.

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AFOQT Study Guide 2023 & 2024

Air Force Officer Qualifying Test Prep Book for 2023 & 2024

Quality of Life Items

These items aren't necessarily needed, though they may make your time at OTS easier.

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Vacuum Storage Bags

Helps to save space while packing clothes.

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Electrolytes Tablets

These work well in camelbacks, and come highly recommended for summer classes.

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Extra Blanket or Sleeping Bag

The dorms can get cold, especially for the winter classes. Many students bring a sleeping bag or blanket.

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Hand Warmers

Members of winter classes have recommended these for early mornings, and field training.

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Headphones

A must have for studying! Wired, wireless, and AirPods are all ok to use.

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Ear Plugs

You will have a room mate, and up to 30 room mates during field training.

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Shoe Shine Kit (as needed)

Only necessary if you have non-shinny low quarters.

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Portable Steamer

Makes life easier to keep your service coat/blues wrinkle free

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Stain Treatment

Opps! You washed your OCP top with a pen in the pocket!  You'll be glad you had this.

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CamelBak Cleaners

Helpful for keeping your hydration system clean.

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Field Wipes

For when you need to stay fresh, but a shower isn't necessarily available. Great for field training.

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Brita Water Filter

You'll be drinking tap water at OTS, you may want a way to filter it.

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Water Enhancer

If you get sick of drinking water, you may want to mix it up. Just don't use it in the hydration system!

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Boot Brush

Very handy to remove grass and dirt from your boots and shoes.

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NEW-SKIN Liquid Bandage

For scrapes and minor cuts.

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Hair Bun Donut

Braids are authorized now, however you may opt for the hair bun, the donut makes it far easier. How to use a donut.

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Nail Clippers and Tweezers

Nail clippers are very helpful with uniform strings.

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Cough Drops

These can help keep you awake in some of the... less fun classes.

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Coffee Mug or Tumbler

At some point you'll earn coffee privileges in the classroom. You may want to bring your own mug.

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Silver Dollar

For your first salute! Read about the tradition here.

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Small First Aid Kit

For scrapes and cuts you may get along the way.

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Ruler

Very helpful for measuring uniform accoutrements.

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Tiger Balm

For sore muscles and joints

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Hand Sanitizer

Not a bad idea to keep some in your dorm room and backpack.

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Electric Razor

If you prefer an electric razor over blades thats fine, just be sure to bring some blades as back up.

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Resistance Bands

There's not much opportunity for strength training at OTS, having these in your room may be helpful.

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