Unlike previous cadets, the new officers commissioned at the March 13 Officer Training School graduation will all have received the same training.
"We now have 'one furnace, one metal,'" OTS Commandant Col. Scott Lockwood said in a Tuesday news release. "We have one program, which is just OTS."
The days of new active duty, reserve and Air National Guard officers receiving their commission from different programs are done.
"Neither of those acronyms -- BOT and AMS -- is necessary any more as we now have 'one furnace, one metal,' " OTS Commandant Col. Scott Lockwood said in a Feb. 24 release. "We have one program, which is just OTS."
"They will not feel as if there is a difference in quality and professionalism," Lockwood said. "They will all have faced the same crucible and belong to the same fraternity as a whole. This will better perpetuate a trust, loyalty and commitment to the service, to include all components."
OTS started moving to one program in late 2014. The school had its first simultaneous graduation of active-duty, Reserve and Guard cadets in October. Those cadets attended BOT or AMS classes, which ran alongside each other for eight weeks.
Future classes are likely to have between 150 and 200 cadets, Lockwood said, and the school is likely to commission about 800 active-duty, 500 Guard and 200 Reserve line officers in fiscal 2015.
"We will attempt to offer up the traditional number of seats to each component, but we also would ideally have a percentage mix that better reflects the overall populations being trained throughout the year," Lockwood said. "However, we will simply fill seats as needed, and that can alter the mix from one class to the next."
Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at Military.com. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.