Air Force Technical School Training Restrictions

What You Can and Cannot Do in AF Tech School

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Restrictions on what you can or cannot do continues after Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT), when you arrive at your technical school for job training. Like the other services, the Air Force uses a phase system. In Air Force technical schools, these restrictions only apply to non-prior service (NPS) recruits. This includes Reserve and National Guard attending technical training under the Split Option program where they attend basic training, then return to their Reserve/Guard unit, and attend technical training at a later date.

It also applies to NPS service recruits who wash out of a different technical school and are then reclassified to attend a new technical school. The phase program does not apply to airman/NCOs who are re-training under the Air Force Re-Training Program.

Air Force Technical School Phases

The Air Force Technical School Phase Program consists of five phases. As airmen advance in each phase, they are given more privileges. The Phase Program begins on the day the recruit arrives at the technical school and (in most cases) ends when an airman graduates technical training and proceeds to their first permanent duty assignment.

The standards are laid out in Air Education and Training Command Instruction (AETCI) 36-2216, Administration of Military Standards and Discipline Training. The directive allows technical school wing and group commanders to request a waiver of portions of these standards, to make them more strict.

While such waivers are rare, your particular technical school may have an approved one, and thereby the phase restrictions may be slightly more restrictive.

General Air Force Technical School Restrictions

These are the restrictions and requirements for non-prior service students through all of the training phases:

  • You cannot possess or use tobacco products at any time on base or while in uniform.
  • If you relocate because of academic reclassification or to attend follow-on training courses, you continue in phase progression from the day you left the last training locations. You'll receive an initial orientation briefing.
  • You are not allowed to visit any permanent party, TDY, retrainee, transition or separation flights or prior service personnel except for officially sponsored holiday events as approved.
  • You are not allowed in dormitory rooms of the opposite sex until after Phase III when it may be authorized so long as the doors stay open.
  • If you are single or unaccompanied, you are not allowed to rent or visit lodgings either on or off base in the local area. You may be able to get written permission  to visit, eat with or stay overnight with your immediate family or spouse.
  • All hours are quiet hours, 24/7. You must not make any noise that can be heard outside of your dormitory room the MTL determines is disruptive.
  • You cannot attend off-duty educational programs or off-duty employment while assigned to a technical training squadron. The exceptions are the College Level Examination Program [CLEP] and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support [DANTES] testing. The 311 TRS students (Defense Language Institute) may be permitted to participate in off-duty education.
  • You must carry two properly filled out AETC IMTs 341, a locally developed phase card, and their military ID at all times.
  • You are not normally authorized to take ordinary leave, but it may rarely be approved by the group commander. You will receive a safety briefing and you may not accrue calendar days towards phase progression while on leave.

Holiday Exodus

Technical school students are not generally authorized to take normal leave (vacation) while attending technical school training. There is one exception, and this is known as the Holiday Exodus program. Like most of the other services, the Air Force generally shuts down their technical (job training) schools for a ten-day period at Christmas Time. Students in good academic and disciplinary standing are allowed to take leave during this period. Any leave taken comes from the standard leave allowance (30 days per year). Those who don't take leave are assigned to perform details during this period because the normal classes aren't being conducted.

Dormitory Standards

The following general dormitory standards apply to all phases of training. Additional restrictions are imposed, based on the specific phase of training.

  • Entrances to all bays, floors, and buildings with members of the same gender will have signs designating these areas as “male” or “female.”
  • All personnel entering or leaving a bay or floor of the opposite gender must announce themselves by stating “Male (or female) entering (or leaving) the bay (or floor).” In dormitories with central latrines, an escort must be sent to ensure the latrine is clear before entering.
  • Before entering the room of an Airman, personnel must knock once and make their presence known. The door will remain open when two people (or more) are in the room. EXCEPTION: NPS Airmen of the same gender may close the door when visiting other NPS Airmen.
  • Except in an emergency, any person entering the dormitory who is not assigned to the MTF or identified on a locally developed access list must have an escort.
  • NPS Airmen must lock the doors to their rooms and adjoining latrines while they are sleeping or when their rooms are unoccupied.
  • Personnel must report violations of external or internal security to the CQ or MTL or through the chain of command. Examples of security violations include unsecured checkbooks, credit cards, military ID.
  • Personnel must report all equipment, facility, and furniture discrepancies to the CQ, MTL, or facility manager or through the chain of command.
  • The open display of pictures, posters, or items displaying the human body in an obscene, provocative, or pornographic manner or any image considered in poor taste (as determined by the MTL) is not allowed.
  • Posters, pictures, or items portraying or advocating drug, alcohol, or tobacco use are not allowed.
  • Items will not be hung from the ceiling.
  • Firearms, fireworks, or flares are not allowed.
  • Burning of incense or candles is not allowed.
  • Pets of any kind are not allowed.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
  • Airmen must wear footwear outside dormitory rooms. (For safety purposes, socks are not considered footwear.)
  • Airmen will not mix chemicals or cleaning supplies.
  • Squadrons will establish a linen issue or exchange policy.

Specific Phase I Restrictions

Phase I runs from arrival at the initial Air Force technical training base through the 28th calendar day after arrival. These restrictions ease Airmen from the strict environment of basic military training to the disciplined environment of academic technical training. Airmen are expected to demonstrate improved performance, appearance, and self-discipline.

  • You must remain on base at all times. Training/operations group commanders may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • You must wear your military uniform both on and off duty but may wear civilian attire inside your dormitory room.
  • The traditional day shift has a curfew of 2200 (10:00 PM) to 0400 (4:00 AM) and the afternoon shift has a curfew of 0130 (1:30 AM) on weekdays and 2200 (10:00 PM) on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. This may be modified at different bases.
  • You must eat three meals per day on weekdays at the base dining facility (chow hall).
  • You can't drive a private motor vehicle but you can ride in one so long as it is not to or from school.
  • Your room will be inspected a minimum of once per week. The inspections won't be on the same day each week. You must keep your room according to local guidelines.
  • You have to use issue bedding, you can't have any personalized bedding.
  • No pictures are allowed on your walls or locker. You can have framed pictures on your desktop, but they must be less than 8x10 inches and they can't have sexually explicit or degrading content.
  • An alarm clock, with or without a radio is allowed on your nightstand or desk.
  • You can't have or use a television or stereo in your dorm room. You can use any in the common areas.
  • You will march to and from all locations.
  • Will participate in a formal open ranks inspection conducted by an MTL a minimum of once per week. Note: If a location does not have enough Airmen to conduct a formal open ranks inspection (two- to four-element formation), MTLs will perform a uniform inspection.
  • You may use a personal electronic device (cell phone, MP3 player, etc.) inside your dormitory during nonduty hours only.
  • Will pass all required open ranks and room evaluations prior to progressing to Phase II. Units will determine pass/fail depending on locally developed standards.

General Restrictions

Unless otherwise indicated, the following restrictions and requirements are applicable for non-prior service students, no matter what training phase an airman is in. There are additional restrictions, applicable to the specific phase.

  • Airmen are prohibited from possessing or using tobacco products anytime on base or post or while in uniform.
  • Airmen who relocate because of academic reclassification or to attend follow-on training courses will continue in phase progression from the day they left the last training location. Airmen will remain on base until they receive an initial orientation briefing, which may be provided orally or in writing.
  • Airmen are restricted from visiting any permanent party, TDY (Temporary Duty), retrainee, transition or separation flights, or prior service personnel except for officially sponsored holiday events (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas) when approved by the squadron commander or higher.
  • Airmen are not allowed in dormitory rooms of the opposite sex. EXCEPTION: The training and/or operations group commander may authorize (in writing) Phase III students to visit the dormitory rooms of the opposite sex with the door remaining open.
  • Single or unaccompanied Airmen will not rent or visit on- or off-base/post lodging, housing, or apartments. EXCEPTION: Airmen in Phase III may visit on- or off-base/post lodging, housing, or apartments with written approval of the assistant flight chief or higher.
  • AETC Form 341 will be used in all phases of training. Airmen will carry two properly filled out AETC Forms 341, a locally developed phase card, and their military ID at all times.
  • Quiet hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That is, any noise heard outside the dormitory room and determined by the MTL to be disruptive is not allowed.
  • Airmen are not normally authorized to take ordinary leave (EXCEPTION: Holiday Exodus, which is a period around the Christmas time, where technical schools pretty much close down and students and staff alike are usually allowed to take leave). In rare circumstances, the group commander may approve leave for Airmen in all phases. (The group commander may delegate this authority to the squadron or detachment commander.) When leave is authorized, Airmen will receive a predeparture safety briefing. Note: While on leave for Holiday Exodus, Airmen in Phases I and II will not accrue calendar days toward phase progression.
  • Airmen will not attend off-duty educational programs or off-duty employment while assigned to a technical training squadron (EXCEPTION: College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support (DANTES) testing). The 311 TRS students (Defense Language Institute) may be permitted to participate in off-duty education after counseling by the TRS commander documenting successful language training progression. Students must maintain a "B" average, have no record of military disciplinary problems, meet Air Force physical fitness standards, participate in the unit's peer tutor program, and be in Phase III.

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