What "Gift" should I give my Airman?
The best gift we can give is having us there to rejoice in their
accomplishment of becoming an Airman. If you are able to afford more
than the trip, keep it within your budget and set that before you
leave to Lackland.
Also, your airman, when leaving Lackland AFB, can only take that
which fits inside their duffel or the suitcase/bag they brought with
them. This means no larger items, such as their game console, a
*** NO Electronics are allowed to go back with your Airman!!
G Shock watch: Per AFI 36-2903 Jan 2104: 18.104.22.168. Watches.
Must be conservative and only one can be worn around the wrist while
in uniform, PTU, or civilian attire in an official capacity.
Conservative examples (not all inclusive) are solid color black,
brown, silver or gold. Prohibited examples are diamond- covered,
neon, bright colors, and bands that exceed 1-inch width. (Reg info
provided by Diane Dickey)
Bible or religious book:
Should you decide to send them with
a bible, you can have it embossed (staples, Office Depot, etc) or
you can get a free one using this link. It's a paperback, Psalm 91 a
collection of protection promises.: Your AB is allowed only one book
while at BMT, the Bible or Religious Prayer/meditation book. It
could be something as special as one that he/she has had for years
or a new one given to them at a special moment before he/she leaves.
Here is a bible that is made for the military person and is free.
A small medallion
ABU fleece jacket
Garment Bag: It's suggested Not to have it embroidered with
anything military as part of their PERSEC.
BOOK: "NOTES TO MY SON" With a graduation letter written
inside the cover.
Suitcase: They're going to be traveling a lot more. Either
a carryon or full-sized, let them choose (?) Ross has some really
great deals on suitcases (or Kohl's). Have him/her pick it out with
you post- BMT.
Computer bag: We got our son one that was TSA approved, had
lots of pockets and was a messenger bag, but your airman might have
a better idea of what s/he wants. Have him/her pick it out post- BMT.
Coin holder: Check out TheCaseworks on etsy. These are made
Nike Boots: You can buy them at the tactical stores outside
the base or order online. They run small, so order 1/2 size up.
***NOTE - Certain jobs and/or bases require certain boots.
Pre-Loaded Visa/MC/American Express card: This way they can
shop at the BX when they get to their new base.
Did you know?
Both the base commissary (grocery store) and AAFES (Army/ Air Force
Exchange Service) AKA the Base Exchange (BX) or Post Exchange (PX
for army locations) allow anyone to purchase and give gift cards?
You do not have to be a DOD ID card holder to purchase and give to
valid DOD ID holders as a gift. One only need to be a valid DOD ID
holder to use the gift cards. Did you know the AAFES gift card can
be used at the AAFES run facilities on base like clothing sales,
cleaners, bowling ally, movie theater, shoppettes, hobby shops, and
gas stations? And AAFES gift cards are also able to be used at a NEX
(Navy Exchange) and NEX cards at AAFES! The AAFES link also has the
ability to purchase calling cards too!
You can purchase on-line-
Commissary - Link direct to gift cards:
http://commissaries.com/giftcard/index.cfm great gift for airman
post BMT to get microwaveable meals or snack food...
https://www.shopmyexchange.com/scs ( this link may not work on
mobile device) if needed on mobile device drop the /scs and the
bottom of the page has a desktop view. Once in the desktop view, on
the bottom of the page under the heading 'Shop my Exchange' select
purchase gift and calling cards.
Standard Earrings: no larger than 6mm round they can be white round
pearls, round diamonds, gold or silver round balls.
Have them pick out a cell phone, computer, camera, etc and have
it shipped to their Tech School once you get the address
Military standard purse for females:
Purse is not a mandatory item. As an optional item it just has to
meet the requirements of AFI 36-2903... Paragraph 22.214.171.124. Handbags.
Handbags for all uniform combinations will be solid black leather or
vinyl without ornamentation, with or without plain fold-over flap,
with or without single- placed silver or gold-colored clasp, with
black stitching only. Handbags may have up to two adjustable
shoulder straps with or without buckles on the straps. Handbags will
not exceed 13(W) x 9(H) x 4 1/2 in bulk.
126.96.36.199. Clutch-Style Purses. Clutch-style purses for all uniform
combinations will be plain black smooth or scotch-grain leather,
patent leather, high-gloss or manmade material without
ornamentation, with black stitching only. Fabric, suede, and patent
leather may be carried with the mess dress, formal dress and
ceremonial dress uniforms. Clutch-style purses will be no larger
than 6 1/2 (H) x 11(W) inches or no smaller than 5(H)x 9(W) inches.
Clutch-style purses will have a concealed closure and may have a
wrist strap. Exception: Do not use patent leather purse when wearing
semi-formal dress. Purse Source: USAF AFI, compiled by Diane Dickey