Graduation Weekend – Full Schedule
*PLEASE DO NOT SURPRISE YOUR AIRMAN–parents have missed their Airman an entire day because their Airman departed on pass not knowing they had visitors.
Due to recent changes at BMT. Be sure to refer to your specific Graduation Schedule to confirm correct times.
TRAINEE RULES OF CONDUCT (keep in mind for Airmen on town pass)
YOUR TRAINEE IS PROHIBITED FROM:
Purchasing, possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverage.
Purchasing, possessing or using any tobacco products.
Purchasing, possessing or using any over the counter medication/supplements not prescribed or cleared by a military medical doctor.
Purchasing, possessing or inhaling aerosol products. They are strictly prohibited and they are not allowed to purchase them while attending BMT.
Purchasing or possessing any obscene or pornographic material.
Taking any food items into the dormitory.
Operating any motor vehicle.
Going off base, except for approved town pass and officially approved duty.
Wearing civilian clothing. They must remain in uniform at all times to include town pass. Swimming at local hotels and theme parks is prohibited.
Visiting the Inns of Lackland, base lodging facilities or bases housing unless family members reside in these accommodations during graduation liberty/town pass. They must receive squadron leadership approval prior to visiting these locations.
Engaging in public displays of affection (PDA); i.e., kissing, holding hands, hugging, walking arm-in-arm (escorting), since it detracts from the professionalism and standards of conduct expected from military members while in uniform. While avoiding PDA is the expected custom of all military members, there are some brief exceptions. A “brief” display of affection, such as a hug or kiss at homecomings, deployments and graduations are acceptable with moderation and respect.
Until they depart BMT they will held accountable for all of the 25 “Trainee Rules of Conduct”. The ones not included are for the “training environment” activities. These are the most important rules to follow while on Town Pass or Base Liberty. Enjoy your time and keep the rules in mind when with your Airmen.
Airman’s Run, Orientation Briefings, Retreat, Honor Graduate Ceremony, and Base Liberty
Orientation Briefings (7:00am, 9:00am): Attend either of the briefings at the Reception Center. Click HERE for an example of some of what you will learn at the briefing. Do NOT skip the briefing just because you see this link. You will miss out on other important info, including what Heritage flight your Airman will be in for the ceremonies, who made honor grad, what the special events are for that weekend and the map of where the Flights stand for the ceremonies. Also note that the briefings will not interfere with any ceremonies, as they are over in about 20 minutes. You’ll have plenty of time to find a spot for the next event!
Airman’s Run: ( 8:00 am) Cheer the Airmen as they run by singing ‘jodies’ in flight formation
Events start at 10:30 am Top Performers Ceremony, Airman’s Coin Ceremony, followed immediately by Retreat.
Top Performer Ceremony: The Commander of Basic Military Training invites honor graduates and their families to a special ceremony in their honor prior to the start of the Airman’s Coin Ceremony.
Airman’s Coin Ceremony followed immediately by Retreat – in which we pay tribute to the flag. Meet with your Airman immediately afterwards for the Tap-out. Airmen who are not tapped out will meet at the flag pole when they are dismissed.
Base Liberty: Most Airmen are released for Base Liberty immediately following the ceremonies. (Some Airmen may have limited visitation due to training requirements).
Lunch/Dinner: Lunch Buffet available on Thurs & Fri 11-3pm ($9.95 per person), Dinner Buffet available from 4-7:30pm ($9.95 per person)
Airman, Spouse and Parent Orientation (1:00pm): This orientation, which takes place at the Pfingston Reception Center Auditorium, provides information on tech training, pay, entitlements, benefits, and available services.
End of Liberty (8:00pm): Airmen due back in their dormitory. Your Airman’s commander or military training instructor may impose an earlier return time.
Orientation Briefing, Parade, Open House, Family/Spouse/Parent Orientation, and Town Pass
Orientation Briefing (7:15am): Pfingston Reception Center. You do not have to attend Friday’s Orientation Briefing if you have already attended an Orientation Briefing on Thursday. The same topics are discussed during Thursday’s and Friday’s Orientation Briefings.
Handicap Plus One Transportation to Parade Ground (7:15am-8:30am): Buses depart Pfingston Reception Center for easy access to the parade grounds for all Handicap guests plus one person to assist them. Picks up in cul de sac. Limited Parking is available to visitors at the parade grounds so plan on leaving early.
Graduation Parade (9:00am): Watch Airmen “Pass In Review” and reaffirm their “Oath of Enlistment” at graduation parade; Airmen are released for base liberty and may take photographs by historical aircraft positioned around the parade field.
Return Bus (Only for Handicap Visitor plus one to Assist) (9:45am): Buses depart the parade ground for the Pfingston Reception Center. All other visitors must drive or walk back.
Squadron Open House (10:15-11:15am): Visit your Airman’s dormitory; parking in squadrons is prohibited.
Town Pass (Airmen are released immediately following conclusion of Squadron Open House.)
Note: Airmen must remain in the San Antonio metropolitan area. Other than Fiesta Texas and Randolph AFB (which are already approved), Airmen must coordinate any exceptions to this limitation through their Training Squadron Leadership. Airmen are also prohibited from visiting the ‘off-limits’ establishments discussed during their Town Pass briefing. A listing of these establishments is also displayed on their dormitory bulletin board.
Lunch/Dinner Opportunity : Gateway Club Lunch Buffet available on Friday 11-3pm ($9.95 per person), Dinner available on Friday 5-8pm.
Airman, Spouse and Parent Orientation (12:00pm): This orientation, which takes place at the BMT Reception Center Auditorium, provides information on tech training, pay, entitlements, benefits, and available services.
End of Liberty (8:00pm): Airmen are due back in their dormitory.
Town Pass (9:00am): Airmen begin arriving at the Reception Center to start Town Pass.
Note: Airmen must remain in the San Antonio metropolitan area. Other than Fiesta Texas and Randolph AFB (which are already approved), Airmen must coordinate exceptions to this limitation through their Training Squadron Leadership. Airmen are also prohibited from visiting the ‘off-limits’ establishments discussed during their Town Pass briefing. A listing of these establishments is also displayed on their dormitory bulletin board.
End of Town Pass (8:00pm): Airmen are due back in their dormitory
Religious Services (6:30am-4:00pm): If you and your Airman plan to attend religious services, you must attend your Airman’s designated service for their denomination. You must meet your Airman at the Chapel at the designated time (schedule with them). You cannot meet them at the squadrons.
Special Town Pass (9:00am-6:00pm)
Note: Awarded to Top Physically Fit Airmen, members of Honor Flights, and Honor Graduates ONLY.
Base Liberty (9:00am): Airmen are released from their squadrons for base liberty
Sunday brunch (9:30am-12:30pm): The Gateway Club is open to all visitors. Chef’s specials/Menu & Breakfast buffet available on Sunday 9:30-12:30 ($12.95 per person).
End of Liberty (6:00pm): Airmen are due back in their dorms. Your Airman’s commander or military training instructor may impose an earlier return time.
The above information copied from http://www.basictraining.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=15725