At most Air Force technical schools, students are housed two per room, with a bathroom/shower shared by two rooms. In a few locations, rooms may be shared by three or even four students. Prior service (PS) students (such as those who are re-training), are not housed with non-prior service (NPS) recruits. PS students are usually in a TDY (temporary duty) status and are housed through the base billeting operations.
At most Air Force (non-training) bases, males and females are intermixed throughout the dormitories (co-ed dormitories). It is not so for Air Force technical schools. NPS student dormitories segregated by sex. Males and females have separate buildings, or separate floors, or separate bays (depending on the construction of the building, and the number of female students).
Rooms are inspected by MTLs to ensure NPS airmen are meeting the stated cleanliness standards. Standards are developed locally by squadron commanders. Students in Phase I of training will have their rooms inspected a minimum of once per week, but not on the same day every week. Phase II students will have their rooms inspected a minimum of one time while in Phase II. The frequency of room inspections for Phase III students is up to the local commander.
Rules and Regulations
The following general rules apply to Air Force technical school NPS student dormitories, regardless of phase:
- Entrances to all bays, floors, and buildings with members of the same gender will have signs designating these areas as "male" or "female"
- All personnel entering or leaving a bay or floor of the opposite gender must announce themselves by stating "Male (or female) entering (or leaving) the bay (or floor)." In dormitories with central latrines, an escort must be sent to ensure the latrine is clear before entering
- Before entering the room of an Airman, personnel must knock once and make their presence known. The door will remain open when two people (or more) are in the room. EXCEPTION: NPS Airmen of the same gender may close the door when visiting other NPS Airmen
- Except in an emergency, any person entering the dormitory who is not assigned to the Military Training Flight (MTF) or identified on a locally developed access list must have an escort
- NPS Airmen must lock the doors to their rooms and adjoining latrines while they are sleeping or when their rooms are unoccupied
- Personnel must report violations of external or internal security to the Charge of Quarters (CQ) or MTL or through the chain of command. Examples of security violations include unsecured checkbooks, credit cards, military ID
- Personnel must report all equipment, facility, and furniture discrepancies to the CQ, MTL, or facility manager or through the chain of command
- The open display of pictures, posters, or items displaying the human body in an obscene, provocative, or pornographic manner or any image considered in poor taste (as determined by the MTL) is not allowed
- Posters, pictures, or items portraying or advocating drugs, alcohol, or tobacco use are not allowed
- Items will not be hung from the ceiling
- Firearms, fireworks, or flares are not allowed
- The burning of incense or candles is not allowed
- Weapons or weapon-like instruments are not allowed. Knives with blades greater than 3 inches, except those issued as part of required flight gear for students in active flight training, are not allowed
- Pets of any kind are not allowed
- Alcoholic beverages are not allowed
- Airmen must wear footwear outside dormitory rooms. (For safety purposes, socks are not considered footwear.)
- Airmen will not mix chemicals or cleaning supplies
- Squadrons will establish a linen issue or exchange policy
- Signs or notices posted in dormitories must be framed or professionally made (Exception: Notices on bulletin boards)