Air Force Technical School Training Restrictions

Specific Phase Restrictions, Phase I - V

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To progress from one phase to another, an airman must remain in the phase for the prescribed number of days, must pass the prescribed fitness test (except from phase I to phase II), and must be rated by their Military Training Leader (MTL) as at least "Satisfactory" using the following scale:

Unsatisfactory. The Airman does not meet the required standards of uniform wear and grooming, demonstrate an understanding of proper military customs and courtesies, participate as a follower, obey orders, or follow team leaders.

The Airman does not meet the established physical readiness training (PRT) standards.

Satisfactory. The Airman meets required standards of uniform wear and grooming, demonstrates an understanding of proper military customs and courtesies, participates as a follower, obeys orders, and follows the team leader. The Airman meets the established PRT standards.

Excellent. The Airman has excellent grooming, a sharp military image, and courtesies, is highly motivated and dedicated to the team mission and other members, and primarily functions as a follower, but also occasionally volunteers to fill a leadership role. The Airman exceeds the established PRT standards.

Superior. The Airman has impeccable grooming and uniform wear, pays superb attention to details, is a role model who inspires others, is an outstanding self-starter with a positive attitude, sacrifices his or her own comfort to ensure team success, and consistently shows leadership ability.

The Airman far exceeds the established PRT standards.

Specific Phase Restrictions

Phase I - Phase I runs from arrival at the training site through the 28th calendar day. Airmen in Phase I are transitioning from a strictly controlled BMT environment into a structured technical training atmosphere of military discipline and academics.

As such, these Airmen require close supervision and continuous reinforcement and inspection of standards. During Phase I, Airmen:

  • Will remain on station

 

  • Will not purchase, possess, or consume alcohol.

 

  • Will wear appropriate uniforms on and off duty, except when they are in their dormitory room.

     

  • Will adhere to a daily curfew of 2200 (10:00 PM)to 0400 (4:00 AM). Airmen assigned to afternoon-shift training will adhere to a daily curfew of 0130 (1:30 AM) and a curfew of 2200 (10:00 PM) on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. (Holiday hours are the same as weekend hours.) EXCEPTION: Afternoon-shift Airmen on Sheppard AFB will adhere to a daily curfew of 0230 (2:30 AM) and a curfew of 2200 (10:00 PM) on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

     

  • Will eat three meals per day, Monday through Friday, in a base dining facility.

     

  • Will not operate a PMV. They may ride in a Private Motor Vehicle (PMV), but not during duty hours or to and from school.

     

  • Will have their rooms inspected on a weekly basis, but not on the same day every week. These inspections will be documented and kept for a minimum of 30 days. Airmen must keep their rooms in accordance with local guidelines.

     

  • Will make their beds with issue sheets and a bedspread or blanket. Personalized bedspreads or comforters are not authorized.

     

  • Will not hang pictures of any kind on the walls or lockers. NOTE: Pictures in a frame, no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches, may be displayed on the Airman's desktop, but must not be of a sexually explicit or degrading nature.

     

  • May have an alarm clock or radio alarm clock on their nightstand or desk.

     

  • May not possess or use a television or stereo in their dormitory room. They may, however, use existing televisions or stereos located in dayrooms or common areas.

Phase II - Phase II runs from the 29th calendar day through the 44th day. Phase II Airmen are expected to have increased their performance, appearance, and self-discipline. They still require reinforcement and inspection of standards, but are expected to be more responsible and are held to a higher accountability. During this phase, Airmen:

  • Will remain in uniform and on station during duty hours. If Airmen go off station, they will wear the appropriate blue uniform combination and may travel up to 25 miles.

     

  • Will not purchase, possess, or consume alcohol.

     

  • May ride and operate a PMV, but not during duty hours or to and from school.

     

  • Will adhere to a daily curfew of 2200 to 0400 on Sunday through Thursday and 2400 to 0400 on Friday through Saturday. Airmen assigned to afternoon-shift training will adhere to a daily curfew of 0130 and a curfew of 2400 on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. (Holiday hours are the same as weekend hours.) EXCEPTION: Afternoon-shift Airmen on Sheppard AFB will adhere to a daily curfew of 0230 and a curfew of 2400 on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

     

  • Will eat at least two meals per day, Monday through Friday, in a base dining facility.

     

  • Will have their rooms inspected on a weekly basis, but not on the same day every week. These inspections will be documented and kept for a minimum of 30 days. Airmen must keep their rooms IAW local guidelines but may personalize their rooms.

     

  • If married and the spouse resides in the local area, may move out of the dormitory with a successful PT evaluation and the written approval of the squadron, det, or MTF commander. (EXCEPTION: The commander may authorize this privilege at an earlier phase for hardship situations.) NPS Airmen allowed to reside out of the dormitory are not authorized a dormitory room and may operate a PMV to and from their residence to their squadron area. However, they will not drive to and from school unless otherwise authorized. TRG commanders may develop local guidance in an approved supplement to this instruction to be more restrictive regarding NPS off-base residency if local conditions warrant.

Phase III - Phase III runs from the 45th day through the 180th calendar day. Phase III Airmen have achieved a high level of knowledge and proficiency and are expected to act as role models for given standards. However, with greater privileges come greater responsibilities. Airmen are expected to professionally correct minor uniform, bearing, and general citizenship discrepancies. They will be held accountable and supervised commensurate with their time in service. During this phase, Airmen:

  • Will remain in uniform and on station during duty hours. They will not proceed outside the local area Monday through Friday. Any exceptions must be approved by the CMTL on a case-by-case basis. Airmen may travel up to 150 miles on weekends or holidays.

     

  • May consume alcohol if they are of legal age. However, alcohol will not be consumed between 1700 Sunday and 1700 Friday or at least 8 hours prior to duty. NOTE: Aircrew members will comply with guidance on alcohol consumption IAW their mission design series (MDS)-specific AFI or AFI 11- 202, Volume 3, General Flight Rules, as applicable.

     

  • Will not possess or consume alcohol in the dormitory or immediate surrounding area. Those who choose to drink alcohol will do so responsibly and not bring discredit to the Air Force, in or out of uniform.

     

  • May ride and operate a PMV, but not during duty hours or to and from school.

     

  • Will adhere to a daily curfew of 2200 to 0400 on Sunday through Thursday. Airmen assigned to afternoon-shift training will adhere to a curfew of 0130, but they do not have a curfew on Friday, Saturday, and holidays. (Holiday hours are the same as weekend hours.) EXCEPTION: Afternoon-shift Airmen on Sheppard AFB will adhere to a daily curfew of 0230 and no curfew on Friday, Saturday, and holidays.

     

  • Will eat at least two meals per day, Monday through Friday, in a base dining facility.

     

  • Will have rooms inspected at least twice a month and keep their rooms in accordance with (IAW) local base guidelines. (These inspections will be documented and kept for a minimum of 30 days. Airmen may personalize their rooms.)

     

  • Who are identified as superior performers, possess a 90-percent or higher academic average, and have a fitness composite score of at least 90 points may be approved by the squadron commander for acceleration into Phase IV on the 120th day of training. (The squadron commander may delegate this authority to the squadron section or detachment commander.)

Phase IV - Phase IV runs from the 181st calendar day through completion of Air Force specialty code (AFSC)-awarding training and departure for a duty assignment. (Aircrew member students will remain in Phase IV until successfully completing initial qualification training.) Because Phase IV Airmen have been in the Air Force for over 6 months, they are expected to be responsible mentors for newer Airmen. They should require very little supervision and only random spot checks for adherence to standards. Their knowledge and proficiency should rival that of a permanent party Airman, and they will be afforded privileges as such. Airmen who achieve Phase IV may be phased back only by the CMTL or higher. During this phase, Airmen:

  • Will remain in uniform during duty hours or official business. They will not proceed outside the local area Monday through Friday. Any exceptions will be approved by the CMTL on a case-by-case basis. Phase IV Airmen have no travel restriction on weekends or holidays, but the CMTL or higher must approve a travel itinerary for distances over 300 miles.

     

  • May consume alcohol after duty hours, in or out of uniform, if they are of legal age. However, they will not possess or consume alcohol in the dormitory or immediate surrounding area and will not consume alcohol at least 8 hours prior to duty. NOTE: Aircrew members will comply with guidance on alcohol consumption IAW their MDS-specific AFI or AFI 11-202, Volume 3, as applicable.

     

  • Who choose to drink alcohol will do so responsibly and not bring discredit to the Air Force, in or out of uniform.

     

  • Have no restrictions on the use of PMVs. EXCEPTION: They may not drive to and from school.

     

  • Are exempt from curfew, but they must reside in the dormitory during the duty week.

     

    Have no restrictions on the number of meals they must eat in the dining facility.

     

  • Will keep their rooms neat, orderly, and IAW their local base guidelines and be inspected once a month on a random basis. (These inspections will be documented and kept for a minimum of 30 days.)

     

  • May frequent the Airman's club for professional, social, and entertainment purposes. NOTE: Wing commanders may authorize Phase IV Airmen to use the base collocated or enlisted club.

Phase V - NOTE: Phase V only applies to (1) Airmen in AFSCs 1N3XX and 1A8XX, and (2) Airmen at locations with unique situations who have received written approval.

The group commander may grant Phase V after completion of at least 180 consecutive days in Phase IV. The phase will last through completion of all AFSC-awarding training and departure for a duty assignment. (The group commander may delegate this authority to squadron commanders.) The decision to progress to Phase V will not be based solely on time. Airmen must achieve a passing academic grade, not be on academic probation, and meet all PRT requirements. They are expected to take on greater roles in leadership and must continue to be an example and a role model for their peers. They will be provided with an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and professionalism, tempered with strict expectations of discipline. Airmen who achieve Phase V may be phased back only by the group commander or higher. During this phase, Airmen:

  • Will remain in uniform during duty hours or official business. They will not proceed outside the local area Monday through Friday. Any exceptions will be approved by the CMTL on a case-by-case basis. Phase V Airmen have no travel restriction on weekends or holidays, but the CMTL or higher must approve a travel itinerary for distances over 300 miles. The squadron commander or designated representative must approve any exceptions.

     

  • May consume alcohol after duty hours, in or out of uniform, if they are of legal age. However, they will not possess or consume alcohol in the dormitory or immediate surrounding area and will not consume alcohol at least 8 hours prior to duty. NOTE: Aircrew members will comply with guidance on alcohol consumption IAW their MDS-specific AFI or AFI 11-202, Volume 3, as applicable.

     

  • Who choose to drink alcohol will do so responsibly and not bring discredit to the Air Force, in or out of uniform.

     

  • Have no requirement on the number of meals they must eat in the dining facility.

     

  • Are exempt from curfew.

     

  • Have no restrictions on the use of PMVs.

     

  • Will keep their rooms neat, orderly, and IAW their local base guidelines and be inspected once a month on a random basis. (These inspections will be documented and kept for a minimum of 30 days.)
  • May frequent the Airman's club and base collocated or enlisted club for professional, social, and entertainment purposes.

     

  • Will be housed separately, when feasible, from Phase I through IV Airmen by the most appropriate means (different floor or wing of the building). Phase V Airmen may reside in permanent party and TDY dormitories if per diem and lodging costs are not incurred.

     

  • Are exempt from military training formations (EXCEPTIONS: Weekly PRT session, monthly fitness evaluation, monthly room inspection, and one-time formations directed by the squadron commander).

     

  • Will participate in an Airman’s council facilitated by an MTL. Meetings will be held at least once a month and include selected briefings similar to those provided in the first term Airmen center. Phase V Airmen will also be encouraged to assist MTLs with mentoring Airmen and leading Phase I through III activities such as assisting Airmen during in processing, leading safety briefings, etc.

Remedial Military Training (MTR)

RMT is assigned to those with discipline problems. It's a 12-hour session conducted on Saturday, Sunday or another non-training day. The goal of RMT is to rehabilitate and reenergize Airmen in technical training who need to be motivated or “re-blued” and to return them with a positive outlook and strong desire to succeed. This will be done by limiting their free time, providing additional military training, and reinforcing the importance of following directions and maintaining standards. A portion of this experience will be tailored around individualized counseling and mentoring with a focus on core values, character building, discipline, and the aerospace expeditionary force (AEF).

RMT is a structured, intense, 1-day program for a maximum of 12 hours. Airmen will be entered into Phase I upon identification for RMT and remain in Phase I until successful completion. MTLs will conduct this program and be present for the entire RMT session. RMT will be conducted by the squadron, det, GSU, or OL personnel and only on nonduty days.

Placement of an Airman into RMT will be approved by the SMTL or higher. Once identified, the NPS Airman will attend the next scheduled RMT session.

Assigning RMT to an entire group based on the deficiencies of one or a few individual’s is not authorized.

As a minimum, RMT will consist of the following: two different uniform inspections, room or bay inspections, open wall locker inspections, PT (a run is not required), march to and from all activities, and sidestep through the dining facility servicing line. During inclement weather, drill may be replaced with academic study and PT will be conducted in the gym, if available.

RMT Airmen may perform normal squadron duties and duties associated with CQ (for example, cleaning, taking out the trash, dusting). However, they will not be the CQ or charge of quarters runner (CQR), answer phones, or perform security checks.ll not be the CQ or charge of quarters runner (CQR), answer phones, or perform security checks.

NPS Airmen wishing to attend a church service will be excused for a short period to exercise that choice if no other timeframe is available.

After successful completion of RMT, Airmen will return to the previous phase. Airmen who fail RMT will remain in Phase I until successful completion of the next scheduled RMT.