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Surviving Air Force Basic Training

Shots and Dental Examination


Surviving Air Force Basic Training

Recruits at AFBMT receive vaccinations to protect them for diseases they may encounter during deployments or overseas assignments.

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A few days after arrival at Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT), you'll be marched to a building to receive your first series of shots. This is usually (but not always) done immediately after the initial uniform issue. Everyone in the Air Force gets vaccinated against certain diseases. Throughout your Air Force career, you'll receive periodic "booster" shots, an annual flu shot, and vaccinations against specific diseases (such as anthrax) if you are scheduled for certain deployments.

You'll also have a complete dental examination. The brief dental exam you had at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) was only to determine if you met the dental qualifications to join the military. This will be a complete examination, including an X-ray of your teeth, and an examination by an Air Force dentist. The dentist will then make a list of any dental work you require (cleaning, fillings, root canal, extractions, ect.), for inclusion in your military dental records. Unless there is an extremely urgent dental problem, however, any dental work you need will probably wait until you get to tech school, or even your first permanent duty assignment.

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