Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT) now issues an exact replica M-16 rifle (rigged so it won't fire) during the first week of training.
During two and three of Air Force basic, you'll undergo extensive training with this "weapon." You'll learn and practice the rules for safe use and handling of the weapon. You'll also receive training in how to assemble, disassemble, clean, and repair the M-16.
During week two, you'll also learn and practice integrated base defense, tactical movement, firing positions and force protection, using the M-16 in several practice scenarios. During week five, you'll visit the firing range, where you will fire and qualify using a real M-16 rifle.
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