“Who is your House Mouse?”
“Sir, trainee so-and-so reports as ordered.
We do not have a House Mouse, we have a Flight Office Technician.”
Another duty/detail in your dorm will be the position of Flight Office Technician, affectionately and more often times known as the “House Mouse.” While the moniker of House Mouse is commonplace, you won’t ever refer to this individual by this name while outside of the dorm. This is the Air Force, this is serious business! 😉
The House Mouse serves as a secretary/personal assistant to the MTI. This job may be described as one who cleans the flight office (the office inside of the dorm where the MTI conducts business), but that description only scratches the surface of the duties that go along with it.
Our House Mouse was positioned so that her bed was right outside of the flight office doors, so that she wouldn’t have to go far when our MTI called for her.
As a House Mouse, your job duties may entail any of the following:
- Managing appointments made for trainees.
- Filling out appointment slips.
- Taking notes for your MTI about trainees who want to have appointments made for them.
- Informing your MTI of upcoming appointments.
- Reminding your MTI of who may have returned from an appointment with new medication and/or a waiver.
- Taking notes during meetings in the day room.
- Facilitating the signing of rosters. [This one is huge. BMT has a roster for everything, as you’ll soon find out – rosters for phone calls made, MREs received, church services attended, weapons issued, etc.]
- Assisting with the distribution of mail.
- Posting the Daily Headlines in the day room.
- Cleaning, dusting, and emptying the trash in the flight office.
- Updating various rosters and signage in the hallway, including the access roster and the weekly schedule.
- Color coding the weekly schedule for your MTI’s ease of use.
Get the idea? The House Mouse does a ton of secretarial, office-oriented tasks. You should be well-organized, attentive, thorough in your work, and a legible writer. This trainee must be comfortable with reporting to the flight office (which is done using facing movements) and having a lot of face time with the MTI. This is not a job for someone who is fearful or timid. The bonus to this sort of role is that your MTI will know you well, and you’ll get to have a closer relationship with them than other trainees. This will serve you well if you’re gunning to be an Honor Graduate, since your MTI will be well acquainted with your work ethic and your attention to detail.