Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by vullnnoid, Mar 23, 2009.
How does BCT compare with the enlisted version?
Very interesting question. There's obviously a lot of similarities. Main similarity is teamwork. Take 18+/- year old young men and women from Maine to Florida; Michigan to Texas; Montana to Arizona; and Virginia to Hawaii. Totally different backgrounds, beliefs, likes, dislikes, cultures, etc... Strip them or their individuality. Force them to work as a team and present tasks that can't be completed individually. Teach them that the Whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. That a painting is more beautiful than the pallet of individual colors. And when you can't find something for them to have in common; use the Drill Instructors or Cadre to PISS THEM OFF so they all hate and despise the same thing. Thus, their commonality.
Many of the classes and military knowledge is taught to both cadets and enlisted basic trainees. After completion; both trainees will move on to school. Cadets to 4 years of college; enlisted to weeks, months, or close to a year of training depending on the job (AFSC) they will be in. The physical fitness, discipline, military customs and courtesies; etc... are usually all the same. They are taught however from 2 totally different perspectives. One learning how to follow so they can to lead. The other learning how to trust those that they follow. And in time; they too will be leaders but at a different level.
I know this will be misunderstood so give me the benefit of the doubt here. But generally; academy grads have a deeper respect for the enlisted force than ROTC/OTS grads. Not that ROTC/OTS doesn't respect the enlisted force, just different. The academy cadets are trained by some enlisted, they work with enlisted, they have enlisted grades during their tenure, etc... And also; enlisted personnel respect all officers; but those they find out are academy grads, they have a different level of respect for.
Everything about the two basic trainees are very similar. It's about physical fitness; about team work; about breaking down and building up. I would say that there is a lot more in common than different. But the enlisted training structure is designed to be done much quicker than the academy. After 6 weeks of Basic training; a graduate will be working and perform their job within months of graduating. For the cadet; after 6 weeks, then have 4 years. But all in all, they are very similar. later.... mike.....
Mike, thank you for the great, thoughtful response. Over the last few months, I have copied many of your posts from other threads as a great source of information (and inspiration). Thanks again!
I agree. Very insightful. Christcorp always gives the most interesting and knowledgeable responses!
AF BMT is now 8.5 weeks. (USAFA still has a 6 week BCT.)
The biggest difference in operation is the enlisted basic flight is about 55 trainees with one TI. Cadet basic flights are about 30 basic cadets and have 5 cadet cadre.
On the opinion scale, I think BMT produces a better average graduate (with regards to military knowledge and discipline). Fortunately, cadets get close to four years to keep improving.
So I'm thinking we should compile the best of cc's posts and mail them to all of us during BCT to keep us from going crazy. It'll help us stay focused and realize how blessed we are to have this opportunity.
My favorite one ever was when he described all the emotions we will feel during inprocessing and BCT in great detail. I wish i knew where that was...
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