BMT: Shakedown Sheet

Do I have a treat for you today!  I was rummaging around my home office, looking for a binder to organize my Air Force documents for UTA weekends, when I found the original binder I purchased and took to BMT.  [Reminder: shakedown

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I’ll go ahead and list these items here since I know the text is a little faded.  The valuables go inside of the security drawer in the narrow tray, which is locked at all times.  You’ll wear the key to this lock around your neck at all times (including when showering) and you are never to have it outside of your clothing.  You and your fellow trainees will yell “Key Check!” if you see someone’s key out and you need to remind them to put it away.  Don’t let the MTIs catch you with your key out.  Authorized items will go in your security drawer as well, in the back half (or underneath your towel) where you have personal space.  Unauthorized items are confiscated.  Some may remain in your civilian luggage, others are confiscated and not returned (like food or my unmarked travel bottles of body wash).

photo BMT: Duties and Details
Driver’s License
Calling Cards
Authorized Items
Any important paperwork
Personal hygiene items
Stationery (letter writing material)
Motivational reading material (Religious books)
Small photo albums (remove all pictures for inspection)
Air Force Seasoning Training
Unauthorized Items
Weapons, guns, knives
Alcoholic beverages
Food items
Aerosol cans
Drugs or drug paraphernalia
Tobacco products to include lighters
Pornographic or obscene material
Books or magazines
Gambling devices (cards, dice)
Over-the-counter or Rx meds
Vitamins or nutritional supplements
Cell phone, cameras, CD/MP3 players
Other electronic devices (remove batteries)
Hope you enjoyed this little treat from BMT!  



  • iljam12said

    Hello!I have a few questions:Can you take your BC? (help with lighter periods)Can you wear a plain wedding band?Thank you for your service!You have really inspired and motivated me! Im just waiting on my ASVAB score.Thank you for your time!

  • Erinsaid

    Hey iljam12! Yes, you can take your BCP with you. I'd bring enough to get you through the 8.5 weeks.Plain bands are fine, it's what I did too! ( YOU and you're welcome! One day soon you'll be in the same position and I'll be proud to call you a sister in arms!Best of luck to you with those ASVAB results! Are you going guard, reserve, or AD? Once you have a ship date, you'll be able to find a FB group with others leaving your same month for networking purposes!

  • audrieeloveesaid

    Is that really true that you can find people that are going to basic training the same time you are and there is an actual fb page? If there is I would like to know where because I just recently found out my ship date is 5 Jun 12. And I'm probably one of the happiest girls on earth because I got a super cool job. I will be training to be an Airborne mission system specialist.

  • Erinsaid

    @audrieelovee – Yes! It's not an official page connected to the AF, but search "June BMT 2012" – I know for a fact that there's a group! Congrats on getting your ideal AFSC!

  • Sarahsaid

    Gotta wonder, if they inspect everything, does this mean we'll be naked or hardly dressed when they do shakedown? Yikes

  • Erinsaid

    @Sarah – Nope, you're clothed. They're going through your belongings. You'll have a TON of MTIs and Blue Rope MTIs walking through at that point, so there's really no way to get shady.

  • rexdarellisaid

    Were females allowed to have extensions (if they looked natural) when you went? And how did they check for that?

  • Erinsaid

    @rexdarelli – This is the official regulation on it, " Wigs/Hairpieces/Extensions. Will meet the same standard required for natural hair and will be of good quality, fit properly, and comply with safety, functionality and professionalism. Synthetic hair or other materials are not authorized when prohibited by safety and mission requirements." BMT rules are going to be stricter than operational rules though, so if it's possible for you to take them out prior to leaving, it would probably be best. You can always try your luck though! They didn't check our heads, so that wasn't an issue. If a female MTI notices and has an issue, you may have a problem though.

  • Erinsaid

    @Jaleesa Davis – That's one I'm not sure about. You could certainly bring your prescription and try your best! Wouldn't hurt to ask at all when you get there.

  • BritJsaid

    I see that photo album is listed among authorized items and I was wondering what the guidelines were concerning photographs. Can we bring them? If so, how many? What size? Where should they be stored? Etc. I was hoping to bring at least one small, appropriate photo of my boyfriend and I for comfort purposes, and I was planning on just inserting in in a small bible I plan on bringing. Thank you!

  • Erinsaid

    @BritJ – I would bring a photo or two, versus an entire ablum, and if they can fit in your Bible, that would be ideal. Just make sure everyone in the photos is appropriate clothed and not engaging in any illegal or questionable activities. The Bible and any photos will be stored in the back of your security drawer, where space is at a premium.

  • Erinsaid

    @parad0x M – I don't think that it'd be an issue. You could store it with your cell phone/charger.