Your career in the Air Force officially begins with Basic Military Training (BMT).
Basic Military Training OverviewPREPARATION Zero Week:
Shock and Awe Week 1:
Fall In Week 2:
Building a Foundation Week 3:
Finding Your Strengths Week 4:
Preparing for Combat Week 5:
Welcome to BEAST Week 6:
Final Test Week 7:
Graduation Airmen’s Week
Your career in the Air Force officially begins with Basic Military Training (BMT). It is a challenging experience both mentally and physically but will ultimately transform you from humble recruit to confident Airman with the skills and confidence you need to excel as a member of the U.S. Air Force.
BMT will require you to push yourself harder and further than you ever thought possible. Before you arrive, it’s important that you prepare not only for your training, but also your transition into an Airman and Air Force life.
Once you step off the bus, your journey officially begins. You’ll be assigned to a Military Training Instructor (MTI) who will give you direction and guide you through your transformation during the next seven and half weeks.
Designed to challenge you both mentally and physically, you’ll learn the basics of Air Force life and condition your body for the physical requirements needed to graduate.
Learn about the Air Force’s proud history and rich heritage as you begin preparing for your role as an elite warrior in the world’s preeminent air and space power.
You’ll learn and embrace your role in countering diverse threats to national security, including terrorist attacks and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) weapons.
You’ll learn defensive fighting techniques and lifesaving skills so you’ll know what to do while under enemy fire and have the knowledge you need to save your life and those of your fellow Airmen.
Regarded as the most challenging week of BMT, you’ll begin honing your skills through field training exercises and combat scenarios designed to bring out the wingman and warrior in you.
Final evaluations of your physical fitness and airmanship skills will begin to take place, and you’ll continue to learn more about the history and heritage of the Air Force.
You’ll celebrate your accomplishment in front of friends and family with the Airman’s Run and graduation ceremony.
A final step before you head off to tech training, this week will be spent reinforcing core values and what it means to be an Airman in today’s Air Force.
All together now
Cut to code
Up close and personal
Salutes start early
All stretched out
Always at attention
Blues in the bag
No pain, no gain
Proud to serve
A little levity
Pugil stick fights
Coordination is key.
Making An Entrance
Week 0 activities
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Week 1 activities
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One of the biggest challenges of BMT is Physical Training (PT). It’s highly recommended that you begin a fitness program now because PT will push even the fittest recruits further than they’d expect.
It’s recommended that you work to meet the minimum PT standards as well as ensure that you meet our strict height and weight requirements required for graduation before reporting to BMT.
Proper nutrition is essential to helping you make it through BMT. During training, you’ll have access to the foods and beverages you need, but you should begin eating correctly now.Height and weight requirement chart Recommended training schedule
A backpack with many of the items you’ll need will be waiting for you upon your arrival. Additional items that you must bring is listed on the provided packing list. Any items deemed inappropriate for BMT will be confiscated and returned to you after graduation.Download the bmt packing list
You’ll learn everything you need to know about the Air Force during BMT but getting a head start on memorizing some of the basics will help you as you get deeper into your training.Download the PDF The delayed entry program (dep) app – Google The delayed entry program (dep) app - iTunes
- Recommended memorization list:
- Air Force ranks (both Officer and Enlisted)
- How to perform the military salute
- The BMT chain of command
- The Air Force Song
- The Air Force core values
- The Airman’s Creed
- How to report
- Learn reporting statement
- Flight assignment
- Clothing and equipment issue
- Dorm and drill basics
- Individual duty assignment
- Reporting and saluting
- Entry control procedures
- Medical and dental appointments
- Fitness and nutrition
- Educational benefits briefing (MGIB/Post 9/11)
- Air Force History 101
- ID card Issue
- Individual drill
- Flight drill
- Dorm preparation
- Air Force rank insignia
- Weapon issue
- Weapon parts identification
- Human relations and cultural sensitivity
- Career guidance
- Warrior role
- Weapon handling and maintenance
- Air Force History II
- Suicide awareness and prevention
- Comprehensive Airman’s fitness
- Basic leadership and character
- Basic situational awareness
- Military citizenship
- Cyber awareness
- Joint ethics
- Mental preparation for combat
- Law of armed conflict
- Introduction to Air Force combatives
- Antiterrorism/Force Protection Level I
- Joint warfare
- Second clothing issue
- Dress and appearance (service uniform)
- Interview sessions
- CBRNE/chamber training
- Principles of First Aid
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting (SAPR)
- Foundational Expeditionary Skills Training (FEST)
- Integrated defense
- Cover and concealment
- Tactical movement
- Firing positions
- Force Protections Conditions (FPCON)
- Defensive fighting positions
- SALUTE (Size/Activities/Location/Unit ID/Time/Equipment) reporting
- Individual portraits and flight photos
- Introduction to the Code of Conduct
- AEF (Air Expeditionary Force) prep
- Weapons evaluation (breakdown and assembly)
- Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training (BEAST)
- Refresher drills (FEST, First Aid, UCC and PAR)
- Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM)
- Combatives application
- Pugil stick application
- Creating Leaders, Airmen and Warriors (CLAW)
- Field exercises
- Environmental awareness
- Financial management
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Combat stress recovery
- Base referral agencies
- Computer base training/Air Force Portal familiarization
- Military entitlements and education opportunities
- Career progression and Air Force quality of life
- Written test
- Evaluation of drill, reporting and courtesies
- Physical Training (PT) evaluation
- Airmanship and core values
- Air Force fitness program
- Technical school briefing
- Squadron commander’s departure briefing
- Town pass briefing
- Airman’s Run
- Honor graduate recognition
- Airman’s Coin and formal retreat ceremony
- Airman’s Parade
- Commander’s Welcome Briefing
- Character development training
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