This is a biggie, folks! I don’t expect BMT to start issuing you black socks for PT gear, but it’s nice to know that you have that option now for the future, if you prefer black socks. Just earlier this month when I was taking my test, I was reminded by my supervisor that my socks had to be white or I would not be allowed to test. As for athletic shoes, this should hopefully put many of you at ease and minimize the number of “Are these shoes ok?” questions that start flying around the web. Use some common sense though. BMT is probably not the time to debut these fabulous New Balance 890V3s. Save your loudest pair of kicks for that half marathon when you come home, and find a more subdued pair in the meantime. Remember that even though they might be authorized, you’re not going to want the attention that they bring to you by the MTIs. Be smart. Color is fine, but don’t go overboard. Cell Phones
6.3.3. Handheld Electronic Devices. Handheld electronic devices are small electronic equipment such as cellular phones (personal or official), MP3 or similar players, radio, or hands-free devices (e.g. Bluetooth). Handheld electronic devices, if worn on the belt/waistband, or clipped to a purse will be plain black, silver, dark blue, or gray. Handheld electronic devices that are not worn on the belt/waistband/or clipped to a purse can be any color. Holster and other storage devices used to attach handheld electronic devices to the uniform or purse will be plain black, silver, dark blue, or gray. One handheld electronic device may be attached to a belt/waistband on either side or clipped to a purse. This may or may not affect you at tech school, depending on the rules enforced by your squadron. This definitely won’t apply to you while at BMT. While at Keesler (back in 2011), we were not allowed to have our phone on our person during the duty day. The biggest change here is that if you’re not wearing your cell phone on your waistband or visible on a purse, then the case can be any color. If your phone is visible, you must adhere to the limitations of the case color as described above. Pretty simple to follow. If you won’t read about the other changes to the AFI, which won’t likely affect you until you become a permanent party, you can read a concise description here.