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Old 08-03-2008, 08:21 PM
 
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Default How fast from recruiter to basic training?

I'm retired military; however, I've long forgotten some things.

My daughter wants to enlist in the air force - she's been talking about it for over a year.

From the moment she meets the recruiter....how long until she goes to basic training?
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:35 PM
 
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I'm retired military; however, I've long forgotten some things.

My daughter wants to enlist in the air force - she's been talking about it for over a year.

From the moment she meets the recruiter....how long until she goes to basic training?

still gotta do a physical, swear in wait for a school opening. So it all depends on her. It can be as early as a few weeks or up to a year being in the delayed entry program.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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I'm retired military; however, I've long forgotten some things.

My daughter wants to enlist in the air force - she's been talking about it for over a year.

From the moment she meets the recruiter....how long until she goes to basic training?
Depends on the openings and the recruiter schedule and quotas. Can be a few weeks or up to a year if taking the Delay Entry Program.

The BMT was extended to 8 weeks (2 weeks) do to self-defense training, something new for the everyday USAF member.

The 737th Training Group provides Air Force Basic Military Training for all enlisted people entering the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, earning Lackland the nickname, "Gateway to the Air Force."
The Air Force receives approximately 35,000 Airmen each year from the 737th Training Group; the number varies with projected requirements.
Following graduation, Airmen go on to technical training at Lackland or elsewhere before their first Air Force assignment. More than seven million Airmen have completed BMT since 1946.

Lackland Air Force Base - 737TRG

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Old 08-04-2008, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Indy
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A lot also depends on the recruitee.

I had a friend that it only took at most 2 days before shipping out. However, she was in a VERY different situation where she had to get out of her situation and the recruiter went to bat for her.

EDIT: For me though it took about 6 months total.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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It took my son a few months for the background checks, testing, waiting for the job he was enlisting for etc., etc. He's been in a year, so you know how recent it's been.
He has a college degree as well, so the need for his field was high.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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Yeah, it just depends on the openings etc.

I signed up and went to MEPS somewhere around 5/28/2001. I went to BMT on 6/21/2005. I was able to choose when I wanted to go and that was the one that I wanted.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:04 PM
 
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It depends on if she wants a specific job (AFSC - Air Force Specialty Code).. If she's willing to go in without a guarantee for a specific job then it won't take long at all -- probably a couple of months. If she wants a specific job then it could take a year to wait for an opening.
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:42 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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Of course there are variables involved when enlisting and in what branch.
I had a guaranteed A school going into the Navy and it was two weeks from walking into the office to getting on the plane.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Of course there are variables involved when enlisting and in what branch.
I had a guaranteed A school going into the Navy and it was two weeks from walking into the office to getting on the plane.
Back in 86, I did a 368 lateral transfer from the Army to the Navy and the time it took for the paperwork, was about 2 weeks.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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Back in 86, I did a 368 lateral transfer from the Army to the Navy and the time it took for the paperwork, was about 2 weeks.
did they send you to LACKLAND AFB for two weeks to get uniforms and some basic training? before tech school? lots of prior service from other branches go in the AF.
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