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Old 02-04-2015, 06:34 AM
 
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I know it ain't the Marines or even the Army but I've heard people describe Air Force BMT as being a sort of summer camp. That the Air Force drill instructors can't curse and have to walk on egg shells around recruits in order to avoid being disciplined. Also BEAST is known to not be that hard.

So what's the deal with Air Force BMT?

 
Old 02-04-2015, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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No service's drill instructors are still putting a recruit in a tree and having the others stone him as happened to WWII Marines. Basic is just that in my opinion, the first step, but then I was a soldier and not a Marine
 
Old 02-04-2015, 07:19 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I know it ain't the Marines or even the Army but I've heard people describe Air Force BMT as being a sort of summer camp. That the Air Force drill instructors can't curse and have to walk on egg shells around recruits in order to avoid being disciplined. Also BEAST is known to not be that hard.

So what's the deal with Air Force BMT?
The deal? I do not know, I was not in the Air Force. Here's one of 26 videos, videos by the Air Force:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbep...JgNFlhfEsNnG21
 
Old 02-04-2015, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Is Air Force boot camp too easy?

It was when I went through back in the mid-70s. We went for 6 weeks and didn't have any of that Airbase defense stuff. We saw a rifle for a one-day familiarization on the rifle range. No self-defense at all. The only thing that was really difficult was that we had the old wooden, WWII barracks with the fan in the ceiling and NO A/C, in July and August.
 
Old 02-04-2015, 12:21 PM
 
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Is Air Force boot camp too easy?

It was when I went through back in the mid-70s. We went for 6 weeks and didn't have any of that Airbase defense stuff. We saw a rifle for a one-day familiarization on the rifle range. No self-defense at all. The only thing that was really difficult was that we had the old wooden, WWII barracks with the fan in the ceiling and NO A/C, in July and August.
Well I think now you have to qualify with a M16A2 to finish BMT, although somebody can correct me if I'm wrong. They also teach self defense although nothing like the Marines.

Did you have anything like BEAST when you were there? Was it difficult?
 
Old 02-04-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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So what's the deal with Air Force BMT?
I have no clue what it is like now but I would rather shovel wet manure at a cattle yard than do it again.

USAF 1968-1972
BMT at Amarillo AFB
 
Old 02-04-2015, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Fort Gordon, GA
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Basic training is pretty much the same across all services. There's differences that focus on each branch, but by and large it's all the same thing. It's just a course intended to teach you the military lifestyle and the basics of how to function in a new environment.

People act like it's a huge competition about who has the hardest time in basic training, but honestly the whole argument is nonsense.
 
Old 02-05-2015, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Did you have anything like BEAST when you were there? Was it difficult?

No, no BEAST whatever that is. Just an obstacle course and familiarization with the M-16 was all that we got there. Had PT and military drill. But still, nothing like it is now. It was difficult at the time but I was fresh out of high school.
 
Old 02-05-2015, 05:44 AM
 
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I know it ain't the Marines or even the Army but I've heard people describe Air Force BMT as being a sort of summer camp. That the Air Force drill instructors can't curse and have to walk on egg shells around recruits in order to avoid being disciplined. Also BEAST is known to not be that hard.

So what's the deal with Air Force BMT?
Well they have been going through a few years of MTIs being sent to jail for rape , assault, etc. maybe why they are walking on eggshells?

I went through in the 80s. Your mind plays tricks on you years later and nothing seems as bad now as it was then, so best to experience it yourself. So when I say it was easy, who knows!
 
Old 02-06-2015, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Basic training is pretty much the same across all services. There's differences that focus on each branch, but by and large it's all the same thing. It's just a course intended to teach you the military lifestyle and the basics of how to function in a new environment.

People act like it's a huge competition about who has the hardest time in basic training, but honestly the whole argument is nonsense.
When I went through Marine Corps boot camp in 1970 I recall one exercise when we learned how to administer the choke hold. We paired up and choked each other out until unconsciousness. It was quite the sight to see when they came to, snot running out of their noses and legs shaking uncontrollably. I didn't know the other branches of the service did the same thing.
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