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    Air Force Scrambles to Address Officer Training School Instructor Shortage

    Air Force Scrambles to Address Officer Training School Instructor Shortage

    The is scrambling to overcome a significant shortage in the number of instructors at its only Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force in Alabama and has resorted to pulling staff members back into the field as well as combining classes.

    Maj. Nate Roesler, a spokesman for Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, told .com that the school is “currently at 53% of what our production requirement demands” for instructors.

    The issue was raised in a September 2022 memo shared with Military.com that said officer training school classes had to be combined in 2023 “due to historically low instructor manning.”

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    “To mitigate our near-term manpower shortfalls, we consolidated OTS instructors from the two training squadrons, returned some officers from staff positions to line instructor positions, and therefore we were able to maintain an acceptable level of production,” Roesler said.

    By pulling in additional people and combining classes, the school was able to maintain its 14:1 student to instructor ratio.

    There are multiple factors contributing to the shortage of OTS instructors.

    The first is that there simply aren't enough applicants, as many airmen don't consider it a coveted position. A 2019 Air Force press release even admitted that “many see instructor duty as a career killer.” That prompted the service to make a change where there…

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