By the eighth and final week of training, you will have earned the privilege of wearing your blue uniform and will stand out as a proud member of the United States Air Force. Graduation week includes receiving your Airman’s Coins, practicing for retreat and parade, attending briefings to prepare you for technical training, participating in the Airman’s Run, and enjoying base liberty and town pass with your friends and family.
But first, in order to graduate from Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT), you must pass a physical fitness test and a couple of written tests.
Physical Fitness Test
The PT test will consist of four parts. You will have one minute to complete as many push-ups as possible, one minute to complete as many sit-ups as possible, a timed 1.5 mile run, and no time limit to complete as many pull-ups as possible (although none are required to graduate). Click on the link above for a more detailed breakdown of the graduation requirements.
You will take several written tests and quizzes in basic training, but the ones that count the most are the two final tests.
Each test is 100 questions and you must score a minimum of 70 percent to pass. In order to qualify as a possible honor graduate, you must score over 90 percent on each test. The tests cover everything you’ve learned during your stay in Air Force basic training.
During graduation week of Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT), if you enlisted under the guaranteed aptitude program, and you met with an Air Force job counselor during week two, you’ll find out what military job the Air Force has selected for you.
You’ll also receive briefings about what to expect at Air Force technical school. You will outprocess from Air Force basic on the Monday morning after your graduation, and you will proceed to your Air Force technical school location on the same day.
Your flight will be evaluated on almost everything you learn from dormitory inspections to fitness results. The very best flights will be awarded the title of “honor flight.” It takes teamwork, dedication and a lot of hard work to get this award!
Individuals are also recognized for their excellence as an “Honor Graduate” – a privilege reserved only for the top 10% of all trainees. The Commander of Basic Military Training will congratulate you in a special ceremony attended by families and friends. You can also earn an additional town pass for being the most physically fit Airman.
In addition to the Honor Graduate Ribbon, Airmen can earn other ribbons to wear on their uniform, such as the Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon for superior performance on the rifle range. ALL graduates are awarded the Air Force Training Ribbon upon completion of Basic Military Training. The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for all military members who perform honorable active duty service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Airman’s Coin Ceremony
After completing field training, you’ll earn the right to be called “Airman” and will receive your “Airman’s Coin” at the Airman’s Coin Ceremony – one of the most significant events in the life of any Airman.
On Thursday of graduation week, you’ll perform Retreat – a time honored tradition that signifies the end of the duty day and allows us to pay respect to the US Flag. The flag will be lowered, ceremoniously folded and honored by the week’s graduating Airmen. Family and friends are welcome to attend!
This is by far the most memorable and emotional moment in basic training. Graduating Airmen march in parade viewed by family, friends and distinguished visitors. The ceremony ends with Airmen reciting the oath of enlistment. Immediately following graduation, Airmen are released for base liberty to take their visitors on an open house visit to their dormitories and to spend the rest of the day with them.