Air Force Basic Military Training(BMT)Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX – You will join about 45 other new recruits in a group called a Training Flight. BMT lasts approximately 8 1/2 weeks. You will be referred to as “trainee” when you arrive at Lackland. You will meet your Military Training Instructor (MTI) who will take you to your dormitory and help you get settled in. The first few days are spent completing paperwork, receiving equipment and uniforms and orientation on the basic rules everyone follows in the Air Force.
Flight will have daily physical conditioning, periods of time for dormitory maintenance, study, personal hygiene and preparation for the upcoming day’s events, in addition to classroom studies.
The first night at BMT will be the worst. There will be yelling; a lot of yelling. There will be a lot of orders and a lot of chances for you to screw up. You will not do anything ?right? for the next few weeks. The whole purpose of BMT is to break down your individuality and build you into a team member of the US Air Force.
After completion of the 5th week of training, you will be referred to as “Airman.” You will be assigned to a “flight,” a group of 30-60 trainees within a “Squadron.” Each flight will have several TI’s assigned to guide the trainees through BMT. Most days begin at 0445 (4:45 a.m.) and end at 2100 (9:00 p.m.). You will receive three meals per day.
You’ll attend approximately 40 hours of classroom instruction to learn about all aspects of Air Force life. Examples of academic training subjects: Air Force History, Air Force Organization, Financial Management, Lifestyle Fitness, Customs and Courtesies, Human Relations. You’ll want to spend any ‘available time’ studying for your academic test. Your score on the academic test will be one of the factors used in your selection for Honor Graduate.
Graduation marks the end of your Air Force basic military training and the beginning of your career as a military professional in the World’s Greatest Air Force. You will proudly attend a public ceremony attended by your friends and family as they come together to share in this significant and rewarding event.
After completing BMT, airmen begin technical training in their career field specialties, primarily at five installations: Goodfellow, Lackland, and Sheppard Air Force bases in Texas; Keesler AFB, Miss.; and Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Each base is responsible for a specific portion of formal technical training airmen require to accomplish the Air Force mission.
Commissioned officers attend technical training courses for similar career fields at the same locations.