By simply reading this page, I can tell that you’re a person who is open to advice and recommendations from others. Thank you for choosing me to be one of those people! Clearly, I’m not the end all, be all of BMT advice, and there are hundreds of thousands of successful Airmen out there that are worthy of your attention. I asked some of these individuals what advice they had to share with you!
On the AHE Facebook page, I posed the question,
“What’s your best piece of advice for a future trainee?”
Michaela – Don’t take things too seriously, it is not the end of the world when you make a mistake even though you might think it is at the time.
Kristine – Pack lots of underwear if you don’t wanna rock granny panties, bring a cellphone and calling card because you don’t always have enough outlets to charge your stuff. You can rip your ABU top off instead of unbuttoning it! I was a girl when I wanted to be and a man when you have to be. Learn marching movements before hand so you don’t look dumb with your uncoordinated arm swing.
Ashley – Listen, do what you are told, pay attention to detail. Your web belt/canteen will become your best friend – don’t forget it (forgot mine going to the mailbox and got a 341 pulled). Move with a sense of urgency. Once you have your clothing drawer perfect, DON’T touch it.
Erica – Don’t do the bare minimum (don’t just do enough to get by), do the best you can and if you get recognized for it then good. Don’t be afraid to draw positive attention. There are people sitting in med hold who would kill to be back in training so don’t take it for granted and do your very best.
Racheal – Get in shape before you get there. You can’t mentally prepare. Do what you’re told and strive to be the best.
Sabine – Shut up and color. [Erin’s Note: I’m assuming she means that you shouldn’t question, and just trust the process. 🙂 ]
Charles – Like I told the kids at my unit’s DTF: when things get tough, remember why you joined and keep that in mind as you go through it. Thousands have gone before you and have made it. You can do it! On a more direct note: keep your ears open and your mouth shut.
Bryan – Learn from the mistakes of others and take BMT one day at a time.
David – Your student leaders are in a position for a reason. You are all the same but work as a cohesive team, not individually or in small groups! Thank you to all of those who contributed! Keep your eyes peeled on the Facebook page for future Reader to Reader prompts! I just put up a new one today!
I’m a 31 year old Navy sister, Army wife - Air Force wife to a prior service Marine/Soldier, and an Air Force Reservist. I am a happy wife and mother. My husband switched branches and joined me in the Air Force Reserve. We look forward to a future of dual military service!