Air Force Officially Opens BMT Graduation

If a Hooah was ever appropriate, now is the time. It’s been more than a year since the U.S. Air Force suspended family attendance at Basic Military Training graduation events at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ USAF Basic Military Training training will resume in-person graduations for a limited number of guests beginning with the ceremony scheduled for July 22.Graduations will still be live streamed for families and friends that can’t attend in person.

Here are some tips:

  • Bring LOTS & LOTS of water ITS HOT!
  • Dress according to the weather!! & comfy shoes!
  • Try to arrive to base at least 1-2 hours before graduation starts, as the base will get very busy, and parking will fill up!
  • Cameras/phone cameras ARE allowed!
  • Don’t forget your passes & the original copy of your COVID vaccination! -congratulations/job good posters for your airman are encouraged!
  • If your airman is vaccinated, check out the river walk! And the yummy restaurants.
  • HAVE FUN!! AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR AIRMAN!!

Booking your travel to BMT Graduation

As airlines increase their passenger loads, fares will be on the rise. Families and friends need to book their flight, hotel, and car to graduation now. Our team of military travel agents will ensure you can cancel or change your reservations based on the fluidity of BMT updates on graduation. 

San Antonio Airport

Getting on base (according to https://www.facebook.com/USAFBMT)

All visitors to Lackland Air Force Base over the age of 18 not in possession of a valid DOD identification card must have a Visitor Access Pass in their possession before gaining access to Lackland Air Force Base. Each visitor must have a pass issued in their name and a picture ID card in their possession while on Lackland. Each trainee must complete a Visitor Access Request Letter (VARL) for all anticipated guests. Once completed, these passes will be mailed home by the trainee. 

Visitor Access Pass

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 an authorized weekly telephone call to ensure your trainee has completed the VARL form and has mailed your Visitor Access Pass home for your visitation.

NOTE: Anyone without a valid military ID or Visitor Access Pass must stop by one of the Visitor Reception Centers (VRC) at either the Valley Hi or Luke East Gates to be sponsored onto the base by their Airman and obtain a visitor’s pass.

Valley Hi Gate: Open 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

Luke East Gate: Open 24-hours daily. However, Airmen CANNOT go to the VRC on Thursday to sponsor someone onto the base and are subject to losing Base Liberty or Town Pass privileges if caught.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A VISITOR ACCESS PASS OR A VALID DOD ID (CAC OR RETIRED MILITARY ID), YOU WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO THE BASE.



Categories: Air Force, Recruit Training

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