Spouses: The Transition to Tech School
LIFE AFTER BMT; ONTO TECH SCHOOL
-Life after BMT-
I will be the first one to sing the praises of life after BMT! From the very first day, life is so much better for a couple of reasons:
1) They have their cell phone back
2) THEY are happier about being done with BMT, which makes their whole demeanor more positive
3) You don’t have to wait a whole week before you talk to them again
4) The phone calls aren’t limited to “15 minutes”
5) Video chatting (on your phone or on your laptop)
6) Did I mention they have their cell phone back!?!
7) If you decide to visit them, it doesn’t have to be 8 weeks in the future.
I want to direct you to an awesome informational page (similar to AFWM) that’s specifically for Tech School: It’s called a “AF Tech School Talk” http://www.facebook.com/AFTechSchool Please head over there to find out more information about your spouses’s JOB, Tech School Location, and meet other people at their Tech School Base!
Some commonly asked questions/concerns regarding SPOUSE and TECH SCHOOL:
How soon can I visit my spouse at Tech School?
The technical answer is: anytime. The thing is, during the first week they have a bunch of in-processing to do (paperwork, briefings, etc) and are quite busy. They have classes, as well. Your Airman is also NOT allowed to leave the base or wear civilian clothes, and has a curfew the first (few) weeks of Tech School because they are in the “Initial Training Phase (ITP).” To phase-up to the “Advanced Training Phase (ATP)” they have to pass (2) room inspections and (2) open ranks inspections. This may take a couple weeks. Therefore, its best to visit your airman AFTER they have acquired ATP (when they may wear civilian clothes, leave the base, and have no curfew on the weekends.) If you decide to stay at a hotel during the weekend you visit your Airman (on OR off base) your Airman has to fill out a “hotel letter.” They will know what this is. It’s a good idea to communicate with your Airman about the status of the squadron for a particular weekend ahead of time; often times a squadron/dorm can get in trouble and be put on “lock-down” (regardless of what phase they’re in.) This means they may not be able to leave their dorm and/or base by no fault of their own; perhaps too many failed room inspections in the building, perhaps Airmen caught drinking alcohol underage, etc. Sometimes they only get warning of this a week prior to a lock-down (when you’ve already bought your plane ticket 3 weeks ago!)… It’s the military, we have to roll with the punches, too.
Can I move to the Tech School base to live with my spouse or can my spouse live with me during Tech School?
-The answer is -it depends-. For the most part, a ‘week’ of classes is 5 days. If your spouse’s Tech School is 40 days long, it means that the school is about 8 weeks long (weekends and holidays are not counted). With that said, if your spouse’s Tech School is over 20 weeks long, the military can pay for you to move out to the Tech School. If your spouse’s Tech School is 20 weeks or less, the military will not pay for your move out to Tech School. Now, if your spouse’s Tech is over 20 weeks and you want to move out there; YES your spouse is able to live with you, BUT must be in the appropriate phase. For the most part, ALL Airmen must pass 2 room inspections and 2 open ranks before they are allowed off base, and the privilege of wearing civilian clothes. It can take anywhere between 2-4 weeks before your Airmen “phases up” and is able to live with you off base. This is also something you want to discuss with your spouse. This is school, they will need to study for tests and go to class [of which there are various shifts]. Some of the authority figures think that family being at Tech School will be a “distraction” to their Airmen, so just keep in mind that your Airman is working and going to school. On the other hand, it isn’t uncommon for families/spouses to move out to the Tech School location even if their Airman’s Tech is 20 weeks or under. The military does not pay for this move. Your Airman will not be able to move in with you if the school is 20 weeks or less. The same stipulations apply:
1) During the first phase, Airmen cannot leave the Base.
2) Airmen must remain in ABU’s unless they are in their dorm room.
3) Airmen must pass 2 room inspections and 2 open ranks in order to “phase up.”
4) Airmen are allowed off base and have no curfew on “non-school” nights while on ATP (Advanced Training Phase aka “phase 2.”)
Will I be able to drive my spouse to Tech School?
No. Your Airman must leave by “government issued transportation” whether it be bus or plane.
How soon will my Airman find out where the first duty station is?
-Most likely your Airman will find out during Tech School. It can be as early as 2 weeks in, and as late as right before he graduates from Tech School. Keep in mind that an “assignment” (“I’m going to Hawaii”) is not the same as official orders (“I’m going to Hawaii for 3 years, leaving on **date**, Wife can come with me”). The official orders come close to graduation time.
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