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How to survive USAF Basic Training

Discussion in 'The US Air Force Forum' started by TSAX, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010

  2. Jeepnik


    Mar 5, 2008
    I truely wish I had known #1. The rest were easy, but failing to follow #1 made life "interesting".

    As a side note, one thing I learned is basic, was the if a MSGT asks you who Colonel such and such is (family friend, dated his daughter), NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, reply "nobody". You will find out very fast that an air force Colonel is "somebody".
  3. Unfortunately, in this day and age, #1 must be repeated often with the young ones . . .

    Oh yeah, in Tips. Had a kid in my flight who had his travel bag filled with two pieces of underwear, a pair of socks and 49 condoms. When the TIs tore into him and then asked him why 49, he smugly responded he had 50 when he started the flight to San Antone but needed one on the way down. Quiet smile. Deafening silence and mutters from the TIs as they stared at him. Guy was a character.
  4. 5madman2


    Sep 9, 2005
    San Antonio TX
    I am sorry, but that is just pi## yer pants funny:rofl:
  5. BenKeith


    Mar 17, 2011
    The kid might have had a point, you know why back in the mid 70's they changed from refering to females as WAF's (Women's Air Force) to FEM's (Female Inlisted Members). The females didn't like what the WAF was more closely related to.
  6. Ralff


    Sep 10, 2008
    Central FL
    Being a generally quiet guy, I had #1 down pat before I even joined. The challenge for me was speaking up when I needed to.

    My TI still had to look at my name tag to remember who I was during the last week of BMT. You could say I flew under the radar. :supergrin:
  7. For the first three days, I didn't know what my TI looked like. All I knew was that he was shorter because the brim of his hat kept tapping mt throat.

    God and goddess bless you TI TSgt. Chester McCracken. You did a fine job with me. :)
  8. statistic6


    Apr 3, 2011
    San Antonio
    AF BMT isn't bad. If I was able, I would attend it all over. Looking back, it was a good time.
  9. AFshooter


    Jan 17, 2006
    Nebraska, USA
    My TI had to look at my name tag to know who I was THE VERY LAST DAY OF TRAINING. I counted that as mission accomplished, as my recruiter constantly emphasized Rule #1.
  10. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Incirlik AB

    Jan 13, 2006
    I joined in 1975 and before I left for Lackland my dad told me do not volunteer for anything! The first day our TI asked for volunteers and the first hand that he saw go up became our latrine queen and the rest were his helpers. He had a hard time getting volunteers after that.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  11. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas
    Here's some good advice:
    Keep your eyes and ears open, and your mouth shut!

    Worked for me.
  12. USAFRock


    Feb 26, 2012
    good times, actually about to leave in the next couple months for MTI Duty.
  13. 308th_sps


    May 16, 2007
    Basic training July-August 1975. 30 days I just don't remember. Went really fast.

  14. PettyOfficer


    Nov 24, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Best advice ever... AF boot is even less strenuous than Navy, and the Navy was mostly sitting in classrooms.

    During boot: be a wall flower: shut up, don't fall asleep in class, stay in the middle of the pack and you'll be fine.

    If your final command after boot/school isn't already known, then in school be a standout, do really well and get to know everybody: you never know who might have a connection or know something you dont, and being at the top of your class will allow you first pick of available follow-on commands.
  15. JasonC8301


    Oct 23, 2006
    I smiled a lot in boot camp. But #1 is so true, for any boot camp or basic training. My senior di said after graduation that the smiling threw him off. No matter how bad it got I was always smiling.
  16. 1# Should be that the Air Force has unrealistic goals and objectives, and that working around the systems and making a flawed concept work is rewarded and applauded, but get caught and expose the sham that is in the regs(or the thats the way the Air Force does it, ie everything done, with no errors and unrealistic dead lines) then you are hammered hard for exposing hypocrisy. Seen it, living it. Accept it in the begining and you'll be less crazy for it.
  17. FriscoTx


    Apr 16, 2012
    I was lucky to be prepared because my Dad had been in the Army for 5 years during WWII and had been a training instructor and combat veteran. He let me know what to expect and how to act in BMT.
  18. It's roughly 9 weeks and it's not as easy-going as the Air Force sometimes appears to be. It really is boot camp. Don't get me wrong, it's not the Corps or the Army camps but it still will test you sometimes, especially on the long... long runs.
  19. chemicalburn


    Apr 24, 2012
    just go and find out
    Last edited: May 16, 2012