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Training, Air Force Enlisted

In 1947, the U.S. Air Force officially broke away from the U.S. Army, becoming a separate branch of the U.S. military. No longer bound by the army way of doing things, the air force developed its own set of regulations and procedures for training and educating recruits. Today, the process of training and educating those who enlist requires a strict minimum of eight weeks, during which time enlistees can expect to have both their physical and mental states challenged. After this initial training, on-the-job training commences. Throughout, the goals of the air force remain the same: to instill recruits with technical skills, self-confidence, teamwork, emotional stability, and physical endurance.

Background

Air force training started at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) in the 1930s on what was then ...

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