I have a job! Besides doing the daily training, the MTIs will assign certain jobs or duties for the AB's to do. Those jobs are to help them build training in following directions, leadership roles, character building and self confidence. They may or may not keep their job the entire time. Some MTIs change them often, some do not.
There are some MTIs that have certain jobs combine with others. Such as Element Leaders might also make sure the ends of the beds are correct or the Bed aligners might also do the shoes. Some things the MTIs will make them each do their own, like making sure chairs are even with lockers. It all depends on the MTIs. Just be assured, EVERYTHING will get done!
Academic Monitor: Success is the name of the game here and making sure that everyone studies so that they successfully pass the EOC (End of Course) Exam is a must! They will typically quiz you when the MTI is not instructing.
Bed Aligners: Makes sure each row of beds is in perfect alignment
Chair Aligners: Everything must be lined up including the chairs. So these trainees are responsible for making sure that the chairs line up with the edge of the wall lockers.
Chaplain Guide: These trainees are responsible for marching the 'Baby' Flights (New to BMT) to their church location and help the Chaplain with their service as needed. Chaplain Guides have a leadership role and responsibility. These duties may be something that they continue to nourish while at Tech School which earn them a "White" Rope.
Chow Runner: Gets to announce that your flight is ready to enter the dining hall. Many believe that this could be one of the worst jobs to get because you're in a "visible" position. We on the other hand know that this is an opportunity to shine and work on building confidence in front of other MTI's and trainees.
(an excerpt from an Airman) The chow runner usually get yelled at a lot in the chow hall and is very high visibility. That is the one thing you do not want to be in Basic, visible. Chow runners announce what flight is eating and stands at the end of the row of tables to show you where to sit. How they walk and stand and talk is all under intense securitization by the MTIs only a few feet away. My advice do not get chosen for this job. Blend in at Basic. Show up in Khakis and a white t-shirt with short -- not shaved -- hair. No piercing and no dyed hair. Don't wear a hat or make yourself stand out in anyway.
*Note from Ret. USAF MSgt. MTI Hollywood: I always try to pick the quiet one. It helps to build confidence.
Chrome Crew: Clean, sweep and polish the chrome. Please do not step on or use anything chrome. We like to remind you that it has a nice 'spit shine' to it.... (sometimes this is also part of the Latrine Crew
Dayroom Team: Cleans the dayroom, where the MTI holds meetings and training sessions with the flight. (sometimes this will be the whole flight)
Dorm Chief and Element Leaders: The MTI's will organize their flight within the first couple of days of the start of BMT. Many of the MTIs will ask if him/her if they held any leadership positions at work or school, or if they have any military knowledge. If so, he/she may be selected to become the "Dorm Chief," or an "Element Leader." The MTI has full authority to select the Dorm Chief and Element Leaders using whatever criteria they wish. He/She may get "fired, replaced, or promoted" to another position to continue the learning skills, provide others an opportunity to learn leadership roles along with working with others, or just because the MTI decided to change things up.
The Dorm Chief is the top "trainee-leader" in the flight. He/she is responsible to make sure that all orders, standard ops, rules, regulations and instructions are carried out per the MTIs direction even though the MTI may not be present. The Element Leaders are responsible for assisting the Dorm Chief. The bad news is that being a Dorm Chief or an Element Leader means that in addition to getting chewed out for things you do wrong, you get the added pleasure of getting chewed out for things that members of the flight (or your element) do wrong as well. There IS added stress with these positions.
Dorm Guard Monitor: Makes the schedule for "guard duty". He/she may become your best friend or worse nightmare depending on what hours you are assigned.
End of Bed Display: These trainees are responsible for aligning the towels, to make sure that the laundry mark is clearly visible for display. They also make sure that the towel is at the footboard, nearest to the wall locker. On the right is where the laundry bag will hang. Making sure the knot is tight along with the strings being straight and parallel.
EC Monitor: Controls all access in and out of an entry point.
Electrician: Is responsible to make sure all fluorescent lights in the dorm are working properly. If there is a problem, they inform the MTI and or go to the PT supply room to retrieve and replace the light.
Fire Monitor: Primary duty of the Fire Monitor is to remove trash to the dumpsters along with the responsibility of cleaning and dusting the fire escape.
Flight Guidon or Guidon Bearer: The MTI will also choose a flight Guidon. While not exactly a leadership position, in that the Guidon doesn't get to tell people what to do, it's a very important position none the less. The Guidon carries the flight flag and marches in front of the flight. When the MTI commands the flight to maneuver, it's the Guidon who maneuvers first and the other members of the flight align themselves on the Guidon. The bad thing about being the Guidon is that you have to carry the unit flag, every time your flight marches somewhere (which is most of the time). The good news is that the Guidon really stands out from the crowd. Your parents, friends and loved ones will have no problem picking you out during the Airman's Run or graduation parade.
Hallway Crew: These trainees are responsible to sweep and clean the hallway, maintain the bulletin board(s), and make that the Entry Controller(s) are stationed properly.
KP (Kitchen Patrol): These trainees are responsible for helping the civilian contractors that run the dining hall (chow hall). They could be doing anything from cleaning the floors, scrubbing and washing down dishes to working on the dock area. An added bonus is that they can have desert!!
Latrine Team: Cleans the bathroom, led by the Latrine Queen. (sometimes called the Bowling Crew)
Latrine Queen: In charge of making sure the bathroom is spotless.
Laundry: These trainees are responsible for gathering everyone's dirty clothes, washing them and then returning them to their owners. Stinky? Yes! But this also gives them some time to work on their studies. There are two up to four trainees per flight.
PT Monitor: These trainees keep track of your PT. They will motivate, encourage, cheer and hound you to succeed! Missing PT by one of anything is NOT an option!
Road Guards: Road Guards wear safety vests, carry colored flashlights, and have the job of stopping traffic every time the flight crosses an intersection. If you're selected as a "Road Guard", you'll get plenty of exercise running from the rear of the flight back to the front after each intersection. If a trainee needs some personal attention and motivation with PT (Running) this is the perfect position to help him/her get into shape.
Shoe Aligners: These trainees make sure that ALL the shoes under the beds are in a perfect line.
Study Guide: Makes sure that everyone is doing their homework
Traffic/Crowd Control: Trainees may be assigned to assist with traffic and crowd control duties for the graduation ceremonies. Please be kind to them as it is their duty to tell us where we should be, go, stand or move. They are accountable for us and our actions and may get in trouble if an MTI feels they are not 'controlling the crowd' properly.
Utility Closet: In each dorm there is a utility closet where cleaning supplies are kept. The person in charge of that must keep the closet clean and in inspection order. They also have to ensure the cleaning supplies and tools are lint free and clean in inspection order. It's not a bad gig as long as the closet stays clean and he is picky about it. Last thing he wants is for a TI to find a "dust bunny" in the closet or on a broom :)
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Water Monitor: Making sure everyone has water either while eating or in their canteens for PT.
*note: The Dorm Chief, Element Leaders & Flt Guidon/Guidon Bearer are easier to find!
The Dorm Chief is always at the back of the pack and will be front & center to help with passing out the Airman's Coin at the Coin Ceremony. This is for those whose trainee is dorm chief in a flight on graduation. On Thursday for Coin Ceremony, once the MTI march's the flight onto the pad, The Dorm Chief comes to the front on the flight and takes over for the MTI while he goes off the pad, once all the flights are on the pad, a speech is given, then the MTIs get the tray of coins and returns to the flight, MTI then hands the tray to the Dorm Chief who follows the MTI as he/she gives the new Airmen the coin. The Dorm Chief will be the last one in the flight to get coin then moves back to position at the end of the flight and the MTI takes back over the flight. If you are close can get good pictures of Dorm Chief. Hope this helps.
The Element Leaders area always at the front of the line.
The Guidon is always at the front of the Flight!
JOBS of BEAST week.
Your MTI and student leaders will select several trainees to take on leadership roles at the BEAST. These roles include:
- BEAST MONITOR - This individual functions as the Dorm Chief of BEAST and will work with other BEAST Monitors to organize and strategize.
- TACTICAL DEPLOYMENT LEADER - Four trainees are selected to be TDLs, which are the Element Leaders of BEAST. They assist the BEAST Monitors.
- WEAPONS MONITOR - This trainee is responsible if anyone mishandles their weapon. They should have weapons handling down pat.
- SABC MONITOR - These two to three trainees are responsible for ensuring that all trainees understand SABC procedures and can execute them properly.
- SABC is Self Aide and Buddy Care.
Source: Wikipedia, USAF BMT, USAF Basic Training http://www.basictraining.af.mil/ by Lorraine Silva, Nancy M. Dickinson