BMT Graduation begins on a Thursday! Exciting things happen on the last Thursday of BMT. Trainees are called Airman for the first time and this day marks the end of Air Force Basic Training. It is also an exciting day for families. On this day, families will finally get to see their Airman After 7.5 long weeks. The day begins early for both families and Airman.
Family Orientation Briefing
Family members may attend one briefing but are not required to do so. Orientation Briefings are held in the auditorium at the Reception Center, Bldg. 6330 at 7am, 9am and 1pm.
Air Force BMT Graduation events begin with the Airman's Run at 8am. The 2.5 mile run takes flights across the Retreat Pad where families get to see their Airman for the first time in 7.5 weeks
Families are encouraged to scream and cheer on the Airman as they run by, chanting "Jodies". Families are also encouraged to bring any banners and wear squadron t-shirts. Banners and t-shirts can be purchased prior to graduation from Basic Training Store.
The flights will cross the retreat pad twice so families will have two opportunities to take pictures or video. Also Basic Video Productions will be on-site taking photos of the flights. Photos will be available for purchase in room 106 after the coin ceremony.
Watch this video snippet to get an Idea of the Airman's Run experience.
After the Airman's Run
After the Airman's Run, flights return to their dorms and change into their ABUs for the Coin Ceremony. During this time, families can visit many of the vendor exhibits inside the reception center. Many of the vendors offer discounts for events or meals in San Antonio for families and BMT graduates. Be sure to pick up a map from the front desk of the Reception Center. The map shows where the flights will be placed on the retreat pad.
Families can also videotape a personalized message for their Airman that will appear on the BMT Graduation events DVD. Basic Video Productions will be available to record personalized messages on the Retreat Pad until 10am. At this time you can also order the grad events DVD in room 106 of the Reception Center
Honor Grad Ceremony and Naturalization
Families are expected to take their seats by 10:30am. At 10:45am, the honor graduates will march on to the Retreat Pad and the Top Honor Grad will be recognized.
After Honor Grads are dismissed, any graduating non-U.S. Citizen trainees will will recite the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and be naturalized.
Airman's Coin Ceremony
11:00am flights begin marching on to the Retreat Pad in order to Receive their Airman's Coin. The ceremony signifies the end of Basic Training. The Coin Ceremony marks the official transition from trainee to Airman.
The Retreat portion immediately follows the Coin Ceremony. During Retreat, the U. S. Flag is payed tribute, brought down, folded and safeguarded. After Retreat, Airmen will sing the Air Force Song and be dismissed for Base Liberty.
At this time, families can move on to the Retreat Pad to greet and congratulate their Airman. The tradition is that Airman must be "tapped out" in order to be released to their visitors. To Tap Out your Airman, simply tap him or her on the shoulder.
Photographers are available for family photos until 1pm in rm 106 at the Reception Center. The photos are printed on-site if you choose to purchase them.
A buffet is also made available to families at the Gateway Club from noon - 7:30pm. Airman get a reduced price for the buffet. Families pay full price.
Download a list of places to visit on base. Airmen have must be back in the dorms by 8:00pm.