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** Start Tech School Prior to May 25, 2016 **

Tech School Initial & Advanced Transition Program

 

Transition from BMT to Airman's Week to Tech is difficult for some on many different levels. Tech School is more difficult in that they are on the job training, test scores must be in the 90s to pass and they are learning years of college education within months. So, yes we are excited that they have the phone and are able to call, talk, Facebook, Facetime or Skype but please, understand they still need some space.  

Why do they leave so early on Monday morning for Tech School?

Our resident, Ret USAF MSgt "Hollywood" (Blue Rope) answered this for us...

The purpose for the early departure is because they have to out process Lackland first. Then those who have to bus out, miss the rush hour traffic and for those who fly, the airport isn't very busy for those leaving on Monday that early. Most will have a connecting flight because it's cheaper and for all so they get to their new base before 1700 to sign in. 

 

  • Phone Calls While At Tech School: Although they are out of BMT, they will still have about 2 weeks to get adjusted. Not everyone has traditional 8-4 "school hours" during the day. The USAF is 24/7 and some jobs can be days, nights, swing, or graveyard. They are still in training and earn privileges thru the phases.
  • From Teddy:
  • Seen this on a handout that they have at reception desk at reception center: "Tech Training Transition Periods are designed to adapt Airmen students to military life and provide the AF with highly trained, motivated, self-disciplined and physically fit Airmen with exceptional military bearing. Requirements and restrictions vary depending on the Transition Period. The Initial Transition Period (ITP) begins upon arrival at the initial technical training site and continues until... the Airman passes two uniform and two room inspections while maintaining satisfactory academic Progression. The Advanced Transition Period (ATP) begins when ITP ends and continues through completion of all technical training and departure for permanent duty assignment."  ATP status is when they can start wearing civilian clothes after duty hours  and a few other privileges.

 This is a General Guideline and does vary based on length of training and facility because some training is done at other branch facilities.

 

Tech School ITP (Initial Transition Program & ATP (Advanced Transition Program)

In 2010, the phase system was quit being used and they started with the Initial Transition Program (ITP) and the Advanced Transition program. (ATP) The following was copied from AETC 36-2216, which is official instruction for the program:

 

  • Initial Transition Program

ITP begins upon arrival at the initial technical training site and will continue through the completion of ITP requirements.

 Airmen must successfully complete two uniform/room inspections and display knowledge of the unit mission, academic excellence, and core values. ITP should not last more than 30 calendar days. MTLs will counsel NPS Airmen on any performance failure within ITP and document in the Collateral Training Folder (CTF). Airmen in this transition period have graduated from a strictly controlled BMT environment and must transition into a structured technical training atmosphere of military discipline and academics. Airmen are expected to continue disciplined performance, and appearance. They require continued reinforcement of the standards and are held accountable for their actions. Airmen in ITP.

 8.1. Will remain on station.

EXCEPTION: The assistant flight Chief or higher may make exceptions on a case by-case basis.

 8.2. Will not purchase, possess, or consume alcohol or tobacco products.

 8.3. Will wear military uniform on and off duty.

EXCEPTION: They may wear civilian attire inside their dormitory only.

 8.4. Will adhere to call to quarters of 2200 to 0400 Sunday through Thursday and 2400-0400 Friday through Saturday.

EXCEPTION: Training/operations group commanders will determine, in writing, call to quarters for Airmen assigned to shifts other than a traditional day shift.

Note: This may be delegated.

 8.5. Will eat three meals per day, Monday through Friday, in a base dining facility.

 8.6. Will not operate, ride in, or utilize a PMV except during emergencies.

 8.7. Will keep their rooms according to local guidelines.

 8.8. Will not hang pictures of any kind on the walls, lockers or ceilings, but may personalize their bed, nightstand, or desk. Note: Must not be of a sexually explicit or degrading nature. 16 AETC36-2216 6 DECEMBER 2010

 8.9. Will march to and from all locations during duty hours.

EXCEPTION: Training/operations group commanders may determine in writing if Airmen are required to march at all times after duty hours.

 8.10. Will participate in a formal open ranks inspection conducted by an MTL/Instructor at a minimum of twice per month.

Note: If a location does not have enough Airmen to conduct a formal open ranks inspection (two to four-element formation), MTLs will perform a uniform inspection.

 8.11. Will apply for advancement through their MTL after all in-processing is complete. 

Note: Minimally,

Airmen must successfully complete two uniform and room inspections; display knowledge of the unit mission, academic excellence and core values prior to advancement.

  • Advanced Transition Period (ATP) Requirements and Restrictions.

 

ATP begins when  ITP ends as determined by Airman performance (successfully passing two room inspections,

and two uniform inspections, and documentation of satisfactory academic performance if applicable). This period continues through completion of all technical training and departure for permanent duty assignment. Airmen in ATP are expected to be responsible Wingmen for newer Airmen. They require minimal supervision and only random spot-checks for adherence to standards. Their knowledge, proficiency, and conduct should exemplify excellence and will be afforded privileges as such. Airmen in ATP:

 9.1. Will remain in uniform and on station during duty hours. Training/operations Squadron Commanders

will determine, in writing, weekend travel procedures.

Note: This may be delegated.

 9.2. Will not use tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, except in designated student smoking areas after duty hours. Will not purchase, possess, or consume tobacco products at any time while in uniform.

 9.3. Will not consume alcohol 12 hours prior to duty. Aircrew members will comply with guidance on alcohol consumption according to their Mission Design Series (MDS)-specific AFI or AFI 11-202, General Flight Rules, Volume 3, as applicable.

 9.4. Will not possess or consume alcohol in the dormitory or immediate surrounding area. Those who choose to drink alcohol will do so responsibly and not bring discredit to the Air Force, in or out of uniform.

 9.5. Will not utilize PMVs to and from school.

EXCEPTION: Training/operations group commanders can determine in writing if ATP Airmen are allowed to utilize their PMV during duty hours.

 9.6. Will adhere to call to quarters of 2200-0400 on evenings prior to duty days. Training/operations group commanders will determine, in writing, call to quarters for Airmen assigned to shifts other than a traditional day shift.

Note: This may be delegated.

 9.7. Will keep their rooms according to local guidelines. Rooms are subject to inspection at least once per month.

 9.8. Will not hang pictures of any kind on the walls, lockers, or ceilings but may personalize their bed, nightstand, or desk.

Note: Must not be of a sexually explicit or degrading nature. AETC36-2216 6 DECEMBER 2010 17

 9.9. Will march to and from all locations during duty hours.

EXCEPTIONTraining/operations group commanders may determine in writing if Airmen are required to march during the duty day.

 9.10. Will participate in a formal open ranks inspection conducted by an MTL/Instructor a minimum of once per month.

Note: If a location does not have enough Airmen to conduct a formal open ranks inspection (two to four-element formation), MTLs will perform a uniform inspection.

 9.11. With written approval of the squadron commander, Airmen in ATP may move out of the dormitory to reside with their dependents in the local area. NPS Airmen allowed to reside out of the dormitory are not authorized a dormitory room and may operate a PMV to and from their residence to their squadron area; however, they will not drive to and from school unless otherwise authorized by the squadron commander.

Note: This may be delegated to the squadron flight commander, Det Commander, or flight chief. Training/operations group commanders may develop local guidance in an approved supplement to this instruction to be more restrictive regarding NPS off-base residency if local conditions warrant.

 10. Remedial Transition Period (RTP) Requirements and Restrictions. RTP begins when an Airman's performance falls below standards evidenced by failing 2 successive room and/or uniform inspections, and/or 2 or more related 341s for discrepancy and other corrective actions are ineffective or not warranted. The RTP is a temporary measure tailored to raise performance to meet standards. Normally NPS Airmen will not remain in the RTP for more than 15 calendar days.

EXCEPTION: The military training flight chief may extend additional time as required with proper documentation; however, RTP will not exceed 30 consecutive days.

 10.1. MTLs will work in conjunction with the MTL Flight Chief to tailor corrective measures specifically targeting an Airman's substandard behavior. EXAMPLE: An Airman who consistently fails room inspections may be tasked with building clean up duty until the behavior is learned. Broad measures not directly tied to substandard performance are prohibited.

Note: Maltreatment, mal-training, or hazing will not be tolerated.

Staying off base for a weekend:
All will have to get the AETC form 29b filled out and approved (usually the Tuesday or Wednesday) before the weekend they wish to stay off base. The 29b requires info on any car they will be riding in, to include last inspections, maintenance, license plate and insurance if it is a personal family vehicle. If it is a rental then the rental company info. Also they may need a copy of the car rental agreement or reservations or any hotel reservations depending on the command and base requirements. If you do not take the rental company insurance, you have to show full coverage on the personal vehicle that covers rental cars.

 
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