Uniform Items
Required Items
Recommended Items

What are you expected to bring to OTS?

  • The official OTS website has a welcome guide that can be found here. The welcome guide has all reporting instructions as well as required items listed within it, however it can be a bit confusing as to what items are required, and where to get them. 
  • We've made it easier to find all the required items by creating a one stop site with links to the required and recommended items you'll need, as well as some tips that can make preparing for OTS much simpler.
  • Packing requirements have changed with short notice at times, so please consult the official OTS website, or Facebook Page for up to date reporting requirements. 
  • The information provided on this page was last updated 22 Feb 2023.

Start at the Airmen's Attic

Most Air Force Bases have an on base thrift shop, known as an Airmen's Attic. You can find donated serviceable uniforms, accessories, boots, and more, often times at no cost. Sites like eBay and Military Surplus stores often have old uniform items for sale at a discount as well. Starting here could save you hundreds of dollars on your OCPs, and Service Dress uniforms!

Military Clothing Sales

If you're prior service you should already have access to AAFES Military Clothing Sales, and www.shopmyexchange.com where you'll likely purchase most of your uniforms. If you're non-prior, your recruiter can sponsor you allowing you to access on base clothing sales at AAFES. Most if not all uniform items can be purchased once you arrive at Maxwell AFB.

What do I need to pack for OTS?

Many uniform accessories, as well as all non-uniform items can be purchased at retail stores, or online to save time and money. All the recommended items listed on OTSPacking.com have been used by prior OTS students. Amazon links have been provided for convenience sake.

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