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Readers Respond: Surviving Air Force Basic Training

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I been in a year and this site I visited a million times.. Very helpful. Just wanted to tell ppl planning on joining is DO IT.. BMT was challenging but nothing like ou think. I found the hardest part was not physical but mentally. You must get over that the first couple weeks you can not do anything right lol after 2 weeks it's cake.. Physical part: I went in not able to run 1mile without feeling like death. And i thought PT was easy as heck!! Just waking up early on run days sucked lol but all and all it was good experience and there is nothing I repeat nothing like graduation day when you do the airmens run and see your parents while your running or the first time!!! I would kill for that feeling again
—Guest Airman Integrity

AFBMT equal to Marine Recruit Training?

I've been reading up on the Air Force since the last of our 4th generation will be joining soon. I was thinking very highly of 99.9% of the comments I read until I saw "Bertizt" post. I'm not going to knock the Air Force, your jobs are just as important as any in any branch of the service or the Marine Corps. To say the boot camps are the same is plain silly. How many meals did you miss? How long was your longest 'forced march'? How many times were you slugged by a DI? How many times did a DI come in the squad bay at 0200 to do footlocker inspections? How many times did your DIs make it 'rain'? (a game they played, you rolled around in the dirt then went for a run to sweat so the dirt got under your clothes) Be proud of your service but don't try to make it more than it is. Forgive me for 1 low blow; remember, you became an airman, I earned the TITLE United StatesMarine. Semper Fi
—Guest Bean 8541

re: wow

It's a shame for people like yourself to even represent any military branch when all you can do is belittle other branches. We are all part of the same team so keep your opinion to yourself and grow up.
—Guest Future Military Individual

BMT

I'm thinking about enlisting but I am scared about BMT. I don't want to be considered weak either. Any advice?
—Guest Cherish

Everyone!

My life has never been ez. I've always had to work for what I wanted. Always. And reading all of ur responses, has made me want this even more. It took me a minute to get here. But, I thank God I made it. My job should be open in two weeks. With all the knowledge I have gained from you all, warnings, encouragement, etc. I will take it with me. And regardless of where I came from, I will be the best I can be. Thanks peeps. :)
—Guest Anntwinnette Fomby

In Response to Tylor J.G. Miranda

I just wanted to chime in and say that if you're going to correct people on their grammar, you might want to double-check your own first. It's spelled "Response," not "Responce." Also, you may want to brush up on your comma usage. Way to represent the USAF, buddy. (I am shipping out in October and I am dreading having to deal with snooty guys like yourself.)
—Guest Dustin H

Responce to "Wow"

That's why you're not in the Air Force. Our creed: Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do. You obviously wouldn't make it one day in an airman's world because you have no integrity; picking on a person who has broken down. That's the time when you spur them on, stand by their side, and encourage them. That's the time when an airman, soldier, marine, or sailor can truly begin to be built.
—Guest Tylor J.G. Miranda

Responce to "1 year after BMT"

I am going to be in the Air Force soon, and would like to be represented fairly. If you are going to say that the Air Force is comprised of the smartest individuals in the United States Military please check to make sure you have proper spelling and grammar. In a title you need to capitalize the main words. Also, it's we're the smartest branch; not "[Were] the smartest branch." That's all I'm going to correct for now. When making a statement please make it correctly. Thank you.
—Guest Tylor J.G. Miranda

not quite

1 thing I read that is not accurate or at least wasn't when I was in basic in AuG 2009. When you are at chow there is no seconds you eat what you grab the first time through and only that. As far as the snake pit goes you only walk in front of it when you initially leave the chow line (not when you turn in hot tray)
—Guest KS87

To "Wow"

I find it appaling that a fellow service-man would belittle another branch, especially one that helps protect him on the ground. We are 2nd in air supiriority in the world. You might just need that while you're on the ground kicking in doors. Please remember, everyone, respect your fellow servicemen and women, because they're following the service to their country, same as you.
—Guest JamesT

To Guest Kyle

Your post was worthless and insulting. I suggest you go compare the current charts. You made yourself look like a fool while trashing another American Soldier. You should be ashamed. You will also notice that the new USAF test only allows 1 minute. Not 2 minutes like the Army. BTW! It was 114 at Lackland this week. Pro athletes are collapsing. No need to be dangerous so you can make tough guy comments
—Guest USAF Dad

1 year after BMT

Basic is hard or easy depending how things go. 1 year later if you make it to your first duty station you'll laugh at how BMT was. 5'3 17 years old. TDL. I was the shortest and the youngest MF in my flight. Basic was hell. It doesn't really get easier. It just feels easier as the weeks go by because your so used to things already. Your joining the branch that uses their brain after BMT your technically not even an airman yet. Heres the order. BMT-->Tech School-->FTAC-->CDCS. Only when you finish the whole sequence and get your 5 level will you be worthy of airman. Btw, Army and Marines that try to make a statement here. Were the smartest branch. You don't have the brain to do this. Unless you can do 30 straight pull ups like me. Don't say every airman is weak out there. Good luck.
—Guest A1C Morales

Regarding Phone Calls

My boyfriend started AFBT on June 21. He called his family on the first mandatory call. Then 11 days after he left, July 2, he called me using his cell phone. So I don't think they use pay phones anymore, or they do but people who don't have cell phones use them. He told me that they have been really busy and hasnt gotten a chance to write any letters back, so expect that. He said he received mine though and loves it. So keep writing to your loved one even though they don't respond. Best of wishes to everyone !
—Guest Kaylah

Regarding Phone Calls

My boyfriend started AFBT on June 21. He called his family on the first mandatory call. Then 11 days after he left, July 2, he called me using his cell phone. So I don't think they use pay phones anymore, or they do but people who don't have cell phones use them. He told me that they have been really busy and hasnt gotten a chance to write any letters back, so expect that. He said he received mine though and loves it. So keep writing to your loved one even though they don't respond. Best of wishes to everyone !
—Guest Kaylah

Kiwismommy

I also noticed there is no mention here that they dump your luggage out and a bunch of T.I.s rummage through your stuff looking for people to pounce upon verbally. Do not put anything in your luggage that would not want "shared" with everyone. Even the comment I saw on here about birth control. You wont need it while you are there, so I would suggest starting over later because you will catch hell for it if it is in your luggage. Also, while women can have long hair, if it falls out during basic and becomes an "issue" they can pretty much make you cut your hair. We often traded services as there was a girl that could french-braid and it wouldn't come out for days, so I would shine her shoes or make her bed in trade. Also women should take only cotton underclothing as anything silky slides. Since you have to have perfect folds and stacks, every time you move that drawer, silky underwear slide all over and you fail. Just bring your granny undies and deal with it for basic.
—Guest Oregon

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