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Is Air Force Basic Military Training Hard? I Will Let You Know The Hardest Part
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Is Air Force Basic Military Training Hard? I Will Let You Know The Hardest Part

Well, Air Force basic military training has definitely evolved over the past ten years putting an emphasis on field training and warrior ethos that has never really been enforced until now but hard nah.

Trainees just as little as six years ago spent only 6 weeks at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas enduring attention to detail and dorm life without any real combative training, but that has all changed…

Ever since Sept. 11, 2001 and nearly a decade of fighting two wars has shaped basic military training into an entirely new “beast” (all pun intended, I will go into this more in a minute). Air Force basic military training has added a new week to their training called, “BEAST” week (basic expeditionary airmen skills training).

You will go through a pre deployment period of training which is week zero through the fifth week, and then through actual deployment and reconstruction training taking you to graduation in which beast week begins this cycle on the sixth week.

During this pre deployment stage you will learn how to march, salute, pay attention to detail, maintain military bearing and become one as a flight with your buddies. Many people ask me what the big deal is in having to learn how to fold your underwear and maintain a perfect clothing drawer has anything to do with the actual military and it didn’t really make sense to me either until I went operational.

I tell them that by learning to pay attention to minute details like this for 8 ½ weeks is something that sticks with you forever, and that it is jobs like aircraft technicians that must maintain this attention to detail or risk lives.

If so much as one screw is forgotten on an aircraft engine, you can bet there is a good chance this can have a dramatic effect on the mission making it possible the engine to encounter further complications and even break while in flight putting lives at risk.

Everything learned at basic training is for a purpose no matter how silly it seems at the time and you will learn to appreciate these things when you are operational (especially if you’re a load-master for example flying around every day with your lives in the hands of the people who maintain your aircraft).

MTI’s today are now experienced warriors, having experience from multiple deployments some receiving even bronze, and even purple heart medals.

This is no longer the “chair force” folks and ever since about 6 years ago the Air Force has come a long way stepping it up to be more in line with other branches training.

Regardless of your primary AFSC (job) new and often joint roles such as deploying as a personnel tech. you can easily find yourself in a convoy through Afghanistan alongside soldiers and marines outside of the wire making it necessary for all airmen to adopt this kind of warrior mindset.

Is Air Force basic military training hard then or not? The hard part in my own experiences was as follows…

#1 – The gas chambers.

Each chamber holds about 20 people challenging you to trust your gas mask and chemical suit you dressed yourself up in. You will line up in these chambers on big orange footprints along the walls of the chamber next to one another with the instructors in the middle. The gas in released and you are told to do some jumping jacks (probably to make you huff and puff for air for what comes next)…

Two at a time are then instructed to take off your mask in the center and told to inhale deeply and give a reporting statement. LOL I could barely breathe but I got mine out as quickly as possible. If you run to the door, they will stop you and this actually happened to the jack a** in front of me, only prolonging my time in their which made me pretty angry.

Anyway, once the mask comes off the burn starts immediately on your skin and in your lungs, your nose starts to run and you can barely see but you must walk calmly in order to leave the chamber. After about two minutes of being back in the fresh air though you care back to normal and get to enjoy your MRE so it is really not that bad after it’s over anyhow.

I am not going to go into too much detail as far as Beast Week is concerned in this article, but to sum up the question, “Is Air Force Basic Military Training Hard?” I will say that it is at times challenging, but anyone with the courage to join in the first place has the will power to get through it.

Are you thinking about joining, or have some more questions you would like me to address for you personally? Leave me a comment and I will answer them as quickly as possible as I graduated BMT in May of 2011 so it is still pretty fresh in my mind. God bless.


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Air Force Mike, this article took me back so many years to our basic training for fighting on the boarder in Rhodesia, having to make a bed that a coin could bounce on and folding clothing to perfection, just seemed to have no sense. But as you say, later on in ones period of being in the sh.t zone one realizes the reasons for it. The discipline needed for some two bit two striper to come into the barrack and scream "hit the deck" and 20 bodies are flat in under a second certainly teaches you one thing. DISCIPLINE.

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  about 1 decade ago

Wow Rob, your'e right. Even though basic training has changed a lot through out the years they do still instill this kind of mandatory discipline thats needed for real life scenarios! Nice to have someone to look up to both in my writing/marketing and a former airman like myself, thanks for the feedback Rob!

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  about 1 decade ago

I really enjoy an insight to this side of life. Perhaps it's because it is so 'not me' and the intrigue of another persons experience. Keep writing articles. I enjoy the ones I've read of yours and you're laying a good foundation in writing and life experience. You may become the next Andy McNab.

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  about 1 decade ago

Haha, thanks Heather but I don't think my career in the military will be anywhere near as interesting as the life of McNab's! Thanks again though, I intend to keep writing on my experiences!

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  about 1 decade ago

'Interesting' is all relative... and when you're writing fiction the idea is not to stick strictly with the facts!! Who knows where this foundation will lead you! Retrospect is a great teacher!

  
  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for this article. If is hard to train well I just have to say that keeping people safe gets harder every minute as well. Keep the good Work.!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Jesse!

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  about 1 decade ago

Hey thanks for the feedback! I would be happy to try and answer some questions for you, my email is A1CKUZ@yahoo

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  about 1 decade ago

Do you have an e-mail I can contact you by? I am thinking about joining the Air Force, but I have a few questions if you don't mind answering them. Your articles are very informative and I enjoy reading them!

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  about 1 decade ago

Not sure if you got my message I posted above or not so maybe this one will flag your email to tell you a new comment has been posted in response to your comment. Cheers!

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  about 1 decade ago
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