Welcome to the new AFBMT

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Hello future or current airmen, thanks for visiting. I have redesigned AFBMT.com for the third time (I think) since I started it in 2007. This design has a nice “heritage” feel to it, and is hopefully more usable and friendly than the past ones as well. It’s also easier to update for me since I’m back on WordPress, so you can expect more content in the future. If you have anything in particular you’d like me to write about, please contact me and let me know.


  1. Jesse Allen
    April 16, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Excellent remodel of the site. A recruiter suggested this page to me 3 months ago and it marked the beginning of my research journey.

    Thanks for the effort and time put into this.

    • derek
      April 22, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Thanks! A recruiter suggested it, huh? Interesting.

  2. Sara Magallanes
    Sara MagallanesReply
    September 25, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Hello I want to join at the Air Force, and I would like to know if I can do it getting tattos on my arms. I would really appreciate it if you can answer my question. Thank you.

  3. Win
    November 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    My 18 year old daughter is a present Airforce Reserve Trainee. She has received 2 demerits How does this effect her current or future ranking.

    • derek
      November 7, 2015 at 2:22 am

      She’ll be fine. Demerits don’t mean anything.

  4. jen
    February 8, 2016 at 2:32 am

    My daughter is at basic and they have changed alot of people from different flights and put them into DET 5. What the heck does that mean?

  5. A
    February 17, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Why is the asvab so hardI wanna join but I’m so scared to fail it again.

  6. Brittany
    March 27, 2016 at 3:59 am

    How much does joining affect children at age 4 and up?

    • derek
      March 27, 2016 at 4:48 am

      Well, a four year old would likely have a really hard time at BMT to be honest. There are no naps and no toys. Also four year-olds generally lack endurance and upper body strength.

      But if you’re talking about how it would impact a child while you’re away, I’m sure it can be tough. My kid has always handled separation really well, but a friend of mine is at OTS right now his son cries and throws a fit every night, even though his mom is there, because he misses his dad. This child is only two or three though.

      It can be tough, but it’d doable.

  7. EmilyT
    August 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm


    The first paragraph in your response about the four-year-old made me chuckle. Thank you.

  8. Kelly
    August 9, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I’m considering enlisting in the Air National Guard – at 36 years old! Do you think this is a bad idea? I am physically and mentally healthy – I do worry about my family though (and being away for basic training) – since right now I am a stay at home mom/substitute teacher.

    • derek
      August 17, 2016 at 2:28 am

      I have a page about joining at an older age. I can’t really imagine what you’d gain from joining at that age though, especially as a guard member.

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