Common Terms & Abbreviations
AB = Airman Basic, the rank of your Airman while in Basic Military Training
ABU = Airman Battle Uniform
A1C = Airman 1st Class
AF = Air Force
AFB = Air Force Base
AFWM = Air Force WingMoms, (not just for moms!)
Airman = Airman is the title given to all men & women in the AF regardless of rank
Amn = Airman
Banners = are the signs you hold up during the Airman’s Run on Thursday. There’s a discussion topic in our Pre-Grad info links.
BASE PASSES = Without a military or DoD (Department of Defense) card, you cannot enter the Base. To resolve this issue, you will be granted a Visitor Access Pass or BASE PASS to enter. Your airman has most likely already filled out a paper with your personal information (including Driver’s License #). Expect your base passes between Week of Training 3 and 6. If you need to add someone, or have concerns about your base pass, please refer to this link.
Base Liberty = Privilege granted by TI’s to visit on-base facilities and enjoy free time away from training
BMT = Basic Military Training
BMT RC = Basic Military Training Reception Center
BX = Base Exchange, the base store
DoD = Department of Defense
FLT = Flight, a group of Airmen that are in training together, consisting of approximately 45-60 trainees
Grilled cheese & Jesus = On Sundays many Trainees eat grilled cheese for lunch and attend church services.
MEPS = Military Entrance Processing Station
MTI = Military Training Instructor
OPSEC = Operations Security
PERSEC = Personnel Security System (US Department of Homeland Security)
PS&E = Positive Support & Encouragement
PSC = Postal Service Center [which is NOT needed in the address, by the way!]
Retreat = Signals the end of the official duty day, and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the U.S. flag.
Reveille = A musical signal for the start of the duty day.
SQ = Squadron (unit) that your Airman is assigned to while in Basic Military Training.
Tapping out = releasing your Airman from formation.
Town Pass = opportunity for the Airman to go into town
Trainee = A person that is in Basic Military Training
TRS DG’s = Training Squadron Discussion Group
TRS = Training Squadron
The following info regarding Mascot, shirt color and motto is subject to change at any time. We post this info for informational purposes and strongly encourage you to confirm with your Airman what he/she will be wearing.
320 TRS Mascot: Gators, Motto: “Can’t stop the rock.”, Color: Red or black
321 TRS Mascot: Warthogs, Motto: “Lead, follow or get out of the way”, Color: Dark Grey with Green Accents
322 TRS Mascot: Eagles, Motto: “Second to none, come get some.”, Color: Blue or possibly Gold or Yellow
323 TRS Mascot: Mustangs, Motto: “Anytime, Anyplace Mustangs “, Color: Tan
324 TRS Mascot: Knights, Motto: “Knights… Ready for battle!”, Color: Maroon
326 TRS Mascot: Bulldogs, Motto: “Leading The Pack”, Color: Dark blue
331 TRS Mascot: Wolfpack, Motto: “May God Have Mercy On The Wolfpack’s Prey”, Color: Black
USAF = United States Air Force
VARL = Visitors Access Request Letter / Base Passes. Without a military or DoD identification card you cannot enter Lackland AFB unless you have a Visitor Access Pass. Your trainee should have previously accomplished this form with his or her recruiter prior to arriving to BMT. If not, your trainee will have the opportunity to fill out a form in the first week of training. The info required is a valid driver’s license number, state of issue, and date of birth. Expect to receive your base passes in the mail between the 5 and 6 weeks of training. If you encounter any issues, please contact us at the BMT Reception Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-671-3024/3069.
Visitor’s Briefing = Detailed one hour orientation explaining all events that take place during the graduation week. All visitors should attend one of these sessions.
WG = Week Group, you will notice the reference to week groups; for example WG 12012. Here is how to break it down. Your TRS DG also includes the WG in the title of the group.
Let’s use WG13007 as our example.
WG = Week Group.
13 = Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (1 October through September 30).
007 = the 7th week of the AF fiscal year which begins in October.