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Visitor Access to Lackland AFB

Visitor Access to Lackland AFB
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The 802 SFS Visitor Control Center is located in the Luke East Visitor Center.   The Valley Hi Visitor Center is no longer open for base passes (the Valley Hi gate is still open for traffic).  Please visit the Luke East Gate Visitor Center for anything related to base passes.

BMT Graduation Visitor Request Procedures:

BMT trainees are authorized to sponsor only 10 (Ten) adult non-military affiliated family and friends to gain access to Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Lackland during BMT graduation week activities. Each trainee will need to turn in the completed “Visitor Access Request Letter (VARL)” by Week 3.   Note that most fill out this VARL at the recruiter’s office and take it with them.  If you are not sure, ask in a letter or simple fill out the VARL and mail it (printable version is below).  Once approved by Security Forces, trainees will mail Visitor Access Pass(es) to their guest(s).  No changes will be allowed to the VARL after Week 3.

You do NOT need a Visitor Pass if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Under age 18.  Children under 18 do NOT need a pass.  They are allowed to attend with an adult who has a valid Visitor Pass or Military ID, so they do NOT need to be added on to the VRAL.  They also do NOT count to the 10 adult guests limit.
  • You have a military/DoD/CAC/Retired Military ID already.  Those with valid military/DoD ids also do not need a pass nor do they need to be added onto the VRAL list.  Their military DoD/Ids will suffice.  Those with a military/DoD ID in your party can sponsor family/friends on base as well.  However, you must stay with your sponsor at all times.

Any non-military, adult visitor NOT listed on the VARL form will require sponsorship from their Airman upon arrival or will otherwise be denied access to the installation. Note: Airmen will not be able to sponsor guests onto the installation until after the Airman’s Coin/Retreat ceremony on Thursday.

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Print the VRAL, fill it out and send to your trainee if you did not already do this at the recruiter's office. Trainees have until the end of week 3 to submit VRAL forms.

Print the VARL, fill it out and send to your trainee if you did not already do this at the recruiter’s office. Trainees have until the end of week 3 to submit VARL forms.  Click HERE for a printable version.

You should anticipate receiving your Visitor Access Pass around the end of the trainee’s fifth week of training. If you have not received your pass contact your trainee via mail or during authorized telephone calls to ensure your trainee has completed the VARL form and has mailed your Visitor Access Pass home for your visitation. If you were included on the VARL form and approved but DID NOT receive your Visitor Access Pass, you will be allowed to go to the Luke East Gate’s Visitor Center to get a copy of the pass.

If installation access is denied for any reason, only the trainee may initiate a deviation access request waiver to the installation commander. Please direct any questions to your trainee directly via mail or authorized telephone calls.

REAL ID ACT INFORMATION **Subject to Change**
The REAL ID Act was enacted to implement the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance…of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act prohibits Federal agencies from accepting, for official purposes, driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.

However, JBSA Lackland is still accepting all state-issued driver’s licenses for BMT familes/friends IF you are on your trainee’s approved VRAL list (i.e. you have received a base pass).  NOTE: If you live in one of the affected states your ID might not be accepted at airports and for other types of travel.  it is vital that you check with your airport, etc to confirm.

Click HERE to see the current status of your state in relation to REAL ID and for more information.

Please contact the Basic Military Training Reception Center at (210) 671-3024 or 671-3069 if you have additional questions about base passes.

**Due to the large volume of last minute visitor requests, Security Forces is unable to expedite the processing of VARLs. This is impacting the processing/delivery to future graduating flights’ VARLs for trainees to mail home. If you submit a late VARL, we cannot guarantee that passes will be ready/available for your Airman’s graduation.

**Also, Security Forces is unable to conduct background checks for foreign visitors, to include residents of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Visitors from the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam can report to a Visitor’s Center to attempt a background check. In the event a background check cannot be conducted and cleared, the visitor will NOT be allowed to access the installation until the graduated Airman is on Town Pass (Friday) and goes to the Visitors Reception Center to personally sponsor the visitor. (If you have a foreign visitor attending graduation, please call the BMT Reception Center at (210) 671-3024 or 671-3069, as soon as possible to secure an escort in order for that visitor to obtain base access.  Base sponsored escorts are limited in availability so call immediately to secure. ~ AFWM Team)