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Old 10-08-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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Hi I'm new to this forum and have two sons who recently joined the Airforce. One is in Tech school the other in BMT. The question is when can someone start taking college classes and get TA? I was under the impression that after graduating tech school one could begin taking college courses (in their free time) and receive TA. But my son (19 and first time out on his own) says you have to reach a certain rank or number of years before they allow you to take and pay for classes. Can someone straighten this out for me.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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I'm pretty sure you can not take college courses while in BMT or Tech School. After that, I never heard about being a certain rank. You just need your supervisor's approval.

Air Force Tuition Assistance - Education - Military.com
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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Hi Debvic! Airmen in BMT and tech school really have no time for off-duty education. Once they arrive at their first "permanent" assignment (after all training is finished), they will be working on their upgrade to their "5-level" (the military equivalent of becoming a journeyman in a trade union) Getting their 5-level includes a "home study" course and other requirements will keep the Airman pretty busy the first few months at their permanent base. Once they are awarded their 5-level and, as Steel Man says, gets their supervisor's OK, they're ready to get some off-duty education.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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Thank you for the explanation. What you said about reaching their "5" level was the part I didn't understand from my sons explanation.
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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Glad to be of service, Debvic! And we're proud of your sons! (If it helps; it seems like just yesterday I was at Lackland...)
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Hi Debvic! Airmen in BMT and tech school really have no time for off-duty education. Once they arrive at their first "permanent" assignment (after all training is finished), they will be working on their upgrade to their "5-level" (the military equivalent of becoming a journeyman in a trade union) Getting their 5-level includes a "home study" course and other requirements will keep the Airman pretty busy the first few months at their permanent base. Once they are awarded their 5-level and, as Steel Man says, gets their supervisor's OK, they're ready to get some off-duty education.
Correct! I was going to mention upgrade training (UGT) to 5-Level but thought it might be too technical. But just in case here is a breakout of AF skill levels (and promotion info):

Air Force Enlisted Promotion System (Page 2)
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