Surviving Air Force Basic Training

Recruit Duties

Around the time your T.I. is selecting recruit leaders in Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT), other duties will be assigned. Your T.I. may ask for volunteers for these extra duties, or he/she may simply point at you and give you the job. While much of basic is "individual effort," a significant amount is "team effort." Some of the duties that will be passed out are:

Laundry: These are the folks who get to gather everyone's dirty clothes, launder them, then return them to the owner.

House Mouse: Schedules people for Dorm Guard (standing at the door and not letting anyone without proper ID in.)

Latrine Queen: In charge of making sure the bathroom is spotless.

Bowling Team: Cleans the bathroom, led by the LQ.

Dayroom Team: Cleans the dayroom, where the T.I. holds meetings and training sessions with the flight.

Bed Aligners: Makes sure each row of beds is in PERFECT alignment.

Shoe Aligners: Aligns ALL the shoes (which are under the beds) to make sure they are in a perfect line.

Chow Runner: Gets to announce that your flight is ready to enter the dining hall. Not a fun one. AirForceIsaak, one of our readers, explains why: From my experience, for "Chow Runner," the T.I. selects the goofiest sloppiest most undisciplined person in the flight. In my flight, it was the guy who showed up with bleach blonde hair and was over his weight. The chow runner usually gets yelled at a lot in the chow hall and is very high visibility. That is the one thing you do not want to be in Basic, visible. Chow runners announce what flight is eating and stands at the end of the row of tables to show you where to sit. How they walk and stand and talk is all under intense scrutinization by the TI's only a few feet away. My advice, do not get chosen for this job. Blend in at Basic. Show up in Khakis and a white t-shirt with short -- not shaved -- hair. No piercings and no dyed hair. Don't wear a hat or make yourself stand out in any way.

Road Guards: Then there are "Road Guards." Road Guards get to wear orange vests, carry colored flashlights and have the job of stopping traffic every time the flight crosses an intersection. If you're selected as a "Road Guard," you'll get plenty of exercise running from the rear of the flight back to the front after each intersection.

If you're having trouble with your physical fitness, T.I.s find this an ideal position to help you get into shape.

Dorm Guard Monitor: Makes and maintains the dorm guard schedule. Not a fun job to have. Everyone will hate you, and accuse you of "playing favorites," and will be after you all the time to change the schedule, to give them a better shift.

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