Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
14N - Intelligence Officer
1A8X2 - Airborne ISR Operator
1N0X1/2/4/7 - Operations Intelligence
1A8X1 - Airborne Cryptological Language Analyst
1N3X1 - Cryptological Language Analyst
3E7X1 - Fire Protection
9S100 - Scientific Application Specialist
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
1A0X1/2/3/6/8/9 - Aircrew Operations
1S0X1 - Safety
1U0X1 - UAS Sensor Operator
2G0X1 - Logistics Plans
2S0X1 - Material Management
2T0X1/2 - Transport & Vehicle Management
2T3X1 - Vehicle Maintenance
31P1 - Security Forces Officer
3P0X1 - Security Forces
3F1X1 - Services
41A1 - Health Services Administrator
6C0X1 - Contracting
8R000 - Enlisted Recruiting
8G000 - Honor Guard
8B000 Military Training Instructor
Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
13M1 - Airfield Operations Officer
1C0X2- Aviation Resource Management
1C1X1 - Air Traffic Controller
1C8X3 - Radar Airfield & Weather Systems
15W1 - Weather Officer
1W0X1 - Weather Technician
2P0X1 - Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory
17D - Cyberspace Operations Officer
1B4 - Cyberspace Defense Operations
3DXXX - All Enlisted Cyber AFSCs
38F1 - Force Support Officer
3F0X1 - Personnel
35P1 - Public Affairs Officer
3N0X2 - Broadcaster
3N0X5 - Photojournalist
65F1 - Finance Officer
6F0X1 - Financial Management
8B100 - Military Training Leader
Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
1P0X1 - Aircrew Flight Equipment
21A1 - Aircraft Maintenance Officer
2AXXX - Aircraft Maintenance
2F0X1 - Fuels
2RXXX - Maintenance Management
21R1 - Logistics Officer
2T1X1 - Vehicle Operations
21M1 - MUNS Officer
2WXXX - Munitions & Weapons
3D1X7 - Cable & Antenna Systems
3EXXX - Civil Engineering
32E3G - Civil Engineering Officer
3E8X1 - Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
13S1 - Space Operations Officer
1C6X1 - Space Systems Operations
13N1 - Nuclear & Missile Operations Officer
21M1 - Missile Maintenance Officer
2MXXX - Missile & Space Maintenance
Special Warfare Training Wing
13C1 - Special Tactics Officer
13D1 - Combat Rescue Officer
13L1 - Air Liaison Officer
1C2X1 - Combat Control
1C4X1 - Tactical Air Control Party Specialist
1T2X1 - Pararescue
1W0X2 - Special Weather Operations
After completing basic training, Airmen begin technical training to learn the technical skills needed to perform in their career field specialties. Technical training is conducted primarily at six installations: JBSA-Lackland, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Goodfellow and Sheppard Air Force Bases in Texas; Keesler AFB, Mississippi, and Vandenberg AFB, California.
Each base is responsible for a specific portion of the formal technical training Airmen require to accomplish the Air Force mission. Highly trained instructors conduct technical training in specialties such as aircraft maintenance, missile maintenance, civil engineering, medical services, computer systems, security forces, air traffic control, weather, personnel, cyberspace support, intelligence, fire fighting, and space and missile operations.
The Phase Program is a program that Airmen will transition through while they are attending Technical Training. The Phase Program is different at each location and has different requirements in order to “phase up”. At the least the Phase Program will be compromised of three phases. Each phase will have different requirements and different privileges. Below is an example of what each phase is and what it could look like. Again, each training location will create their own Phase Program and what the requirements are.
The Phase Program provides for a smooth transition from BMT into the Technical Training atmosphere. Airmen in Training (AiT) in Phase I have graduated from BMT. These AiT are expected to maintain their appearance and to continue the disciplined performance they learned in BMT; however, they still require continued reinforcement of the standards and behaviors expected of all Airmen.
Phase I requires AiT to accept increased responsibility and accountability for their personal actions and professional conduct before they may be phased up to Phase II. For Airmen transferring from another Technical Training location who has not completed all Phase I requirements, Phase I will begin upon arrival at the new Technical Training location and continues through the completion of Phase I requirements. Note: With a properly documented Collateral Training File (CTF) from the previous training location, Military Training Leaders (MTLs) may credit Phase I requirements completed at the previous location.
Phase I requirements example
Phase II prepares AiTs to perform in positions of increased responsibility. AiTs are expected to maintain their personal appearance and continue the higher standards of performance set forth in Phase I; however, these AiT still require occasional reinforcement of the standards and behaviors expected of all Airmen. Phase II requires AiT to accept and execute duties in positions of increased responsibility. Airman in Phase II should be held accountable not only for their actions and behaviors but of those placed in their charge, as well, before they may be phased up to Phase III. Phase II begins when Phase I ends. AiT will remain in Phase II through completion Technical Training and arrival to their first permanent duty assignment in a non-student status or when entered into the Phase III.
Phase II requirements example
Phase III is the final stage of the Phase Program. Phase III is intended for those AiT, whose training pipelines (to include BMT) are in excess of 180 calendar days; who demonstrate maturity, professionalism, and character, as defined in AFI 1-1 and now require minimal supervision and minimal reinforcement of the standards and behaviors expected of all Airmen.
Phase III requirements example
While attending Technical Training Airmen are allowed to have visitors. However, each phase of the Phase Program will dictate what the Airmen can do with the people visiting them. Example: If an Airman is in Phase I they will be required to stay on base in a public place (cannot go to a hotel or house on base) with the visitor and will still have to wear their uniform. The visitor is not allowed to come past Charge of Quarters (CQ) in the dormitory the Airman lives in. If an Airman is in Phase III they will be able to wear civilian clothes and go off base with the visitor. They will also be authorized to spend the night off base with the visitor if they meet all the requirements set by their Technical Training location. At no point will a visitor be allowed to go to the member’s dorm room unless they have prior approval from the approving official. (i.e. MTL, Flight Chief, or Commander depending on location) Keep in mind that each location may have a different set of rules so please get with your local MTL to find out all the details for that location.
Depending on how long your Technical Training is will determine when you receive your assignment. Typically an Airman can expect to receive their orders three to four weeks after the start of training. If you have a long Technical Training such as six months, it could take a little longer to receive orders. Again, the length of your Technical Training will affect the timeline of when you will receive your orders. Keep in mind that each location may have a different set of rules so please get with local MTL to find out all the details for that location.
Upon completion of Technical Training there will be a graduation. Family members are able to attend and to find out when and where it will be please get with your graduate for all of the details. Each location is different and will hold graduation at different times. Keep in mind that not all locations will allow family members to attend so please get with your Airman to find out all of the details.
What is the Tech School Rope System?
Air Force technical schools employ a unique system of student leadership. Student leaders are chosen according to a number of factors. They must have a grade point average of at least 80, excellent disciplinary records, the approval of their instructors, and some experience in a prior leadership role. Once accepted into the program, Tech School student leaders wear decorative braided cords on their left shoulders. Thus, these airmen are known as ropes. The ropes come in a variety of colors, and each color has assigned to it specific duties and responsibilities.
What Are the Rope Colors?
There are five different rope colors at Air Force Tech Schools. They are red, yellow, green, black, and white. A red rope, which is the highest level that Tech School student leaders can obtain, is a shift leader. That means red ropes take command of all the airmen within a certain shift. A yellow rope takes care of a dormitory floor or flight. A black rope leads either a student drill team or a student special activities team. A white rope serves as a guide and an assistant in the chapel.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Green Rope?
A green rope is the middle level of the leadership positions. Green ropes are higher than black and white ropes, but not as high as yellow or red ropes. If a green rope does an excellent job in all his or her duties, then he or she may be promoted to the rank of yellow rope. Green ropes supervise all the airmen within a particular dormitory bay or element. They make certain that all rules are being followed in that section of the dorm, and they usually march the students for whom they are responsible to class and then back to the dorm.
Becoming a rope at a Tech School does not in itself increase a person's military rank. However, the skills that one learns as a Tech School rope could help him or her later on when it comes to accomplishing everything that needs to be accomplished in order to attain a higher rank. Indeed, being a tech rope is challenging and demanding. Only students who are motivated, disciplined, and mentally strong need apply.
Blue Rope - A Blue Rope is a Military Training Leader (MTL). This is not a student. It is an Air Force Member (usually in the rank of E-4 or E-5) who has volunteered for a special duty assignment (AFSC 8B100). Within each training squadron, you'll find a Chief Military Training Leader (CMTL), a Senior Military Training Leader (SMTL), who is second in charge, and numerous MTLs who work for them. The CMTL generally works directly for the training squadron first sergeant. The MTL staff is responsible for the general supervision and discipline of the student population.
Green Rope - This is a "student leader." A "Green Rope" is a "Bay Chief" or "Element Leader." Motivated students volunteer for this position. They are typically responsible for all Airmen assigned to a dormitory bay and/or element, and, and are generally the ones who march the students to and from class
Yellow Rope - The Yellow Rope is a "Floor Rope" or "Flight Leader." They are typically responsible for all Airmen assigned to a dormitory floor and/or flight. It's one step up from the Green Rope. They generally have greater responsibility, and supervision authority. They are usually responsible to ensure the dormitories are maintained up to standards. Green Ropes who show exceptional leadership skills can be selected for this position.
Red Rope - This is the "top" student supervisor (Flight/Formation Commander). He/she is selected from Yellow Ropes who show exceptional leadership qualities. The "Red Ropes" usually work directly for the Chief and Senior MTL, and provides general supervision and guidance to the other student ropes. This is the highest leadership position a student can obtain in technical school.
White Rope - Chapel Guide.
Black Rope - Student Drill Team.
Silver or Blue & White -- Drum and Bugle Corps.
Teal Rope - Sexual Assault Awareness
Airmen are typically released from final formation at around 4:30 p.m. each day. This is usually dependent upon any additional tasks they may be assigned. During a students off time they can expect to eat dinner, study, do laundry, maintain their dorm room, go to the gym or engage in any other personal activies they would like. For more information about a typical day in the life of an Airman, check out this video:
Dormitory rooms are shared with one other Airman and must be kept neat, clean, orderly, and professional. Once assigned a room, the Airman may personalize their bed, nightstand or desk as long as the display of pictures, posters, or items do not display the human body in an obscene, provocative, or pornographic manner or any image considered in poor taste (as determined by the MTL). Posters, pictures, or items portraying or advocating drug, alcohol, or tobacco use are also not allowed.
Airmen are allowed to have televisions, gaming systems, computers and laptops while at technical training. Wall lockers will be provided in the dormitory rooms, but all valuables must be locked away when not present in room. Airmen, at their own expense, may purchase internet service from a local internet provider.
Prohibited items include: Alcoholic beverages, firearms (includes BB guns, Air Soft and/or Paintball guns), fireworks, flares, knives with blades greater than three inches, pets, and weapons or weapon-like instruments, incense or candles, electric heaters, hot plates, coffee pots, any cooking devices, or similar appliances.
Airmen in Training are assigned a Military Training Leader (MTL) upon their arrival at their tech training base to assist them in their transition and in-processing to the base.
Airmen need to bring with them all of the items they were issued from Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB. Airmen will have the opportunity to shop at the Base Exchange and purchase any necessities on their first night at their new base.