After your airman graduates from Basic Military Training, the next stop on his journey will be technical school. This is where your new airman will learn his specific job in the Air Force. These schools take place on bases across the country and can last anywhere from 6 to 72 weeks.
All technical schools are different in terms of requirements, difficulty and the schedule, since all jobs in the Air Force are different. There are a few things you can always expect for your new airman, though, including the phase system.
All of your airman’s after-basic freedoms will not be returned to him immediately upon arrival at tech school. Instead, the Air Force has developed a three-phase system that gives airmen privileges a bit at a time, from Phase 1 to Phase 3.
During this phase, your airman will be able to use his personal electronic devices off-duty and in his dormitory only. He must wear his uniform both on and off duty, cannot leave base, and cannot ride in a private motor vehicle.
Phase 2 offers your airman a little more freedom. He will be able to leave base, but must wear his blue uniform and stay in the local area as determined by the training/operations group commander. He will also be able to ride in a private motor vehicle.
This phase offers your airman the most freedom that tech school allows. He will only have to be in uniform will he is on base and during duty hours, there are no restrictions on private motor vehicles and should be allowed to rent or visit hotel rooms off base.
If you’d like more information about the phase system and what your airman will be allowed (or not allowed) to do, click here.
Even though you’ll most likely still have a long distance relationship during tech school, it is a very different experience than basic training. In most cases, your airman will have his phone every night, so you’ll be able to talk on the phone or over message.