HomeNewsArticle Display

BMT curriculum changes focused on inspiring, developing Airmen

A short video describing the most recent changes to Air Force Basic Military Training.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- After listening to feedback from the field, a few changes to the Air Force Basic Military Training curriculum will transform trainees into more combat ready Airmen.

The changes, which began Sept. 4, are entirely focused on readiness and lethality, Airmanship, fitness and the warrior ethos.

“The future of BMT focuses on creating disciplined, warrior Airmen who are ready to support our joint partners in conflicts around the globe,” said Col. Jason Corrothers, 737th Training Group and BMT commander. “These changes to refine the basic training experience are about increasing our readiness and lethality while simultaneously instilling Airmanship and core values from the very beginning.”

Restoring readiness is one of the Air Force’s top priorities. The changes address readiness through a revamped expeditionary skills and weapons training curriculum, said Lt. Col. Jose Surita, 326th Training Squadron commander who has overseen the development of the revamped curriculum.

Basic Expeditionary Airmen Skills Training, which previously took place in week five of training, is re-sequenced to the final training week as the culminating event of BMT. Air Force recruits will also experience a beefed up Self-Aid/Buddy Care regimen, called the Tactical Combat Casualty Course.

“We need highly trained and ready Airmen,” Surita said. “Readiness is the central theme across the BMT curriculum as we deliver trained and committed Airmen capable of delivering 21st Century airpower.”

There is also an increased focus on weapons handling and familiarization, she said.

Airmen’s Week, which was focused on a values-based “Airmanship 100” curriculum, was taught the week after a trainee completed basic training. Airmen’s Week lessons, which are not being changed, are now incorporated throughout 8.5 weeks of BMT. This change gives end-to-end ownership of the training to the military training instructor corps, delivering a continuous immersion that accelerates “mind to heart” adoption of the Air Force core values and warrior ethos principles

“Our Airmen need to be technically capable, but they also need to be motivated,” said Master Sgt. Robert Kaufman, military training instructor. “Airmanship 100 lessons focus on their resilience and challenge recruits to commit to holding each other accountable to our core values.”

With an emphasis on improving human performance, BMT will also see a bump up in the overall number of fitness sessions, increasing from 31 to 44 periods throughout training. Workouts will be a balanced mix of cardio, strength and interval training.

“Physical fitness is a critical component of readiness,” said Master Sgt. Andrea Jefferson, military training instructor. “By increasing the number of physical training sessions, we build fitness habits that will help recruits perform both in the military environment, and in their personal lives.”

BMT curriculum changes also includes a purpose built heritage program that introduces recruits to Air Force heroes, and weaves heritage and warrior ethos throughout training.

“We will be introducing warrior identity, as well as Air Force history and heroes, every week throughout training,” said Master Sgt. Richard Bonsra, military training instructor. “Those topics will then be reinforced during all training events, such as naming physical training sessions after a fallen Airman to cement the experience.”

Future changes to how heritage and warrior ethos are ingrained into BMT will include naming obstacles on the “Creating Leaders, Airmen, Warriors,” course after Air Force heroes, said Bonsra.

"Over the last 70 years, we have become the most dominant Air Force the world has ever known, but there is no doubt we must be and can be better in the future," said Chief Master Sgt. Lee Hoover, 737th TRG superintendent, "The next generation of Airmen will take us there, so it's critical we start them on the right foot. These changes ensure we move in that direction."

Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, the 737th TRG is the Air Force’s largest training group, comprised of nine squadrons and more than 900 permanent party personnel. With an average daily load of 7,000 trainees, more than 37,314 Airmen graduated BMT in fiscal year 2017 and BMT instructors are postured to increase that number to more than 40,200 graduates in fiscal year 2019.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Congratulations to #USAF Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Maj. Sydney Cloutier from Pensacola High Schoo… https://t.co/baRvgYsuPC
Grand Forks AFB soon to be known as America's Global Hawk Base once the @319ABW is re-designated as the 319th Recon… https://t.co/EBRkBhkE0f
RT @DeptofDefense: Happy #ArmedForcesDay! We thank our men and women in uniform who protect our freedoms each and every day. #KnowYourMil h…
RT @ConorDaly22: Have to give a big thank you to @usairforce TSgt Amanda Reynolds for drawing us spot number 1 to qualify! Just under 2 hou…
Today, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch met w/@GovHolcomb & the #AdjutantGeneral of @INGuardsman at the @IMS as part of our ne… https://t.co/r8amzUd8Ko
#DYK: The #USAF's real #CaptainMarvel trained @brielarson for her role as Capt. Marvel. Learn more about Brig Gener… https://t.co/hZNbSzuvNS
Calling all Hoosiers! We're coming to #Indianapolis May 18-20 as part of our new community outreach program -… https://t.co/ywj6LXACAW
.@SecAFOfficial was interviewed by #JojoScienceShow at last week's @Andrews_JBA's #STEM event which featured more t… https://t.co/CwAjk4Foxq
RT @SecAFOfficial: The @USAirForce will now reimburse qualifying licensure & recertification fees incurred during PCS/PCAs up to $500 for s…
.@SJAFB spouse wins #AirForce level award for connecting the team Seymour volunteer to the community learn more:… https://t.co/TtWbSKNs87
#Airmen from across @HQUSAFEPA gather together with sister services and @NATO members to gain critical skills that… https://t.co/vk81NGuJLa
.@53rdWRS #HurricaneHunters and @NWSNHC teams participated in a Hurricane Awareness Tour, gaining safety knowledge… https://t.co/DDc4P7y71n
#DYK, the #AirForce has two deployable labs. These Rapid Assistance Support for Calibration units or RASCALS have b… https://t.co/DhKfKN8bDN
An #F15 Strike Eagle, assigned to the @48FighterWing, receives fuel from a 351st Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stra… https://t.co/hRpC1FFJm0
A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to the @22ARW performs a flyover during an Heritage to Horizons concert at the #AirForce M… https://t.co/Iecglwbxnb
.@AFResearchLab scientists and engineers recently visited universities throughout Israel to learn about their techn… https://t.co/Tzlc3XYd9s
.@ConorDaly22 won’t be the only one representing the #USAF in #Indianapolis this weekend! We're coming to… https://t.co/M6Ni3ClXTw
.@USArmy ground liaison officers assist intel #Airmen, ensuring globally networked sites work together to provide w… https://t.co/qKYKKZ0ptm
RT @JoJoScienceShow: I had fun time doing a science experiment with the Secretary of the Air Force @secafofficial and General Wilson at the…
Sometimes it takes a different perspective to discover a new way of thinking. @HQ_AFMC's Continued Process Improvem… https://t.co/lBMmAyyLoy