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Free mobile app for basic military training available to Airmen

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- A free mobile phone application geared toward people preparing for life in the Air Force and focusing on physical training was released June 2.

The mobile app, called "Fundamentals," is available for download from the iTunes Store and will be available from the Android Market in early July.

"The application will help Air Force candidates prepare for basic military training and ensure they arrive in better physical condition," said Maj. Sandra Magaña, the Air Education and Training Command chief of future learning capabilities.

The physical training segment of the app includes menus for warm-up and cool-down plus pre-exercise preparation, she said. Instructional videos teach candidates running techniques and how to properly perform sit ups, push ups and pull ups are featured as well.

Also included is a video to teach exercises that are designed to rapidly improve muscular strength by doing three 1-minute sets of push-ups or sit-ups, officials said. The app has a tracking tool for the user to record improved muscular strength. Users will also be able to link to the BMT website to view and use their 14-week workout schedule.

Other segments contained in the app include Airmen fundamentals, such as the Heritage Hall to learn the Airman's Creed, the Air Force song and core values, officials said. The Hall of Ranks has enlisted and officer ranks with insignias and a game to help learn instant recognition. The uniform issue segment has information and photos of the Airman Battlefield Uniform, physical training uniform, service and service dress uniforms. 

Carol Wall, the project manager for AETC's future capabilities branch of the future learning division, said the app is pretty extensive and received its inspiration from the Army's Future Soldier Training System.

"Our application is fully comprehensive; not only does it show you the proper form for exercises, but it shows you how to get ready for exercise and allows you to track your progress," Ms. Wall said. "This application is a great tool for all Airmen to prepare for their physical training assessment and for all candidates to prepare for basic military training."

The app was created for AETC by General Dynamics Information Technology.

Click here to view the Fundamentals app.

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