Lackland

Hi, Chris here, back with your week two training update.

Week Two Intel

As we head into week two, your trainee is starting to get into the rhythm of BMT and will face their first inspection. Their MTIs spend a lot of time emphasizing what military service means—serving something greater than yourself and honoring those who paved the way for our freedom.

Your trainee has made it to week two, which may feel like week three because of Zero Week. By now, they have likely settled into a routine. A typical day begins before 5:00 a.m., with the trainees quickly getting dressed, making their beds, cleaning their dorm, and getting a hearty breakfast. If they had to pull fire watch duty during “lights out,” then they’re pretty exhausted. They are scheduled for PT (physical training) six days a week unless they have other conflicting appointments. They get three meals a day and are allowed to eat protein bars at designated times throughout the day.

During this week of training, a lot of emphasis is placed on building resilience and a warrior spirit. Airman’s time is a deliberate mentoring session with the MTIs and the trainees to focus on their mental health and well-being.  It’s an opportunity for MTIs to demonstrate how to work through challenging situations and share some of the experiences that helped them throughout their career. The goal is to give the trainees more tools to handle challenging moments in life or to know the resources available to them so that they don’t have to work through it on their own. Our Air Force and Space Force family is always there to help.

Academic lessons for the week include Nutrition Principles, Air Force or Space Force History, Basic Situational Awareness, Organizational Structure, and Human Relations.

As the week progresses, your trainee will become more confident in their ability to succeed. They will see new trainees enter training and quickly realize how far they have come since they arrived two and a half weeks ago.

Your trainee will also have the first inspection of their living quarters to ensure they keep everything organized and in “inspection order.”

Time seems to go slower in BMT, so even though it’s only been a couple of weeks since they departed, a Letter from home will mean the world to them. Ask your recruit how their first inspection went, and what they learned in their Air or Space Force history lesson this week. 

We’ll be back soon with week three’s updates. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram and Facebook for contests, letter  inspiration, and more!

Sincerely,

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Chris McCool