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How to Survive Air Force Basic Training

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It isn't all fun and glamor; it isn't all just about flying planes. There is a lot of training, examinations, orders to follow and constrictions that may just surprise your socks off. Here are some tips to try and make your first months of air force time a little more bearable.


  1. Shut up. Despite how brash this step may sound, it is actually very practical. Unless they ask you something, be quiet as a mouse.
  2. Follow orders to the tee. If they say "This is how you make a bed", then that's the way that you should make it. Don't be tempted to take shortcuts-they will be noticed, and you will probably be forced to start over, being told to follow the instructions word-for-word.
  3. Take amazing notes and always study. You may not realize it, but a lot of time is spent in the class room. It is all important and will be crucial in your Air Force career.
  4. Be prepared to run fast and push your body to its limits. You will be sore and you will more than likely feel like giving up.
  5. Try to be in decent shape. If you can't do the requirements when the time comes, you will be held in a Flight that does Physical Training 3 times a day and eats on a diet. Be able to do 40-50 push ups in one go, 50-60 sit-ups, and to run a mile in about 8 minutes.
  6. Expect to change as an overall individual. Don't be surprised when your spouse/significant other tells you.
  7. Take pride in what you are doing. Even though the Instructors may tell you that you are doing a horrible job, remember that you have taken on a challenge that would leave most 6'4" 250 lb tough guys peeing in their pants.
  8. Adapt your perspective to a situation accordingly. Look at it as a game when it is a game. Look at it as real when it's real. If you are practicing a scenario that involves saving a life, then put yourself on a line-even if it is just a practice scenario. Act as though the person's life did depend on it-one day, it just might. On the other hand, if it is something that is off the wall, basically a "do cause I say so", then look at it as a game. It more than likely is.


  • These are things that you should remember not to bring:
    • Condoms. This is self-explanatory.
    • Food. You'll only lose it, later.
    • Anything non-essential. If you have to ask, then chances are, you don't need it.
    • Letter writing material. You will get a chance to buy it, but you won't really use it.
    • Any sort of reading material-pornography included.
  • Learn how to shine shoes/boots.
  • Know the basics of marching.
  • Learn the ranks of the military.
  • Be able to eat a meal in 2-3 minutes. You won't be given much time otherwise.
  • Be able to adapt to a lifestyle with little to no sleep.


  • Don't bother with looking for a significant other. It will only lead to trouble. You can do this after basic and advanced training.

Things You'll Need

  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • razor blade or other hygienic items
  • shampoo/body wash
  • 3 changes of civilian clothes
  • make sure all item's are brand new or you will end up polishing them.

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