Taking Showers in Air Force Basic Training

Surviving Air Force Basic Training

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You will shower every night (including the first night ) at Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT). For the first couple of weeks, your shower will be very short (about two minutes). You'll learn to wash quickly, and not waste time.

An amusing story (amusing to me, anyway). Before basic training, it would take my twin daughters a minimum of two hours to get ready to go anywhere. They used to get up two hours before they had to leave for school, each and every morning. If we traveled on the road, I would always have to wake them up in the motel a full two hours before I wanted to get on the road again.

Christina was the first one to come home on her first leave (vacation) after basic training and technical school. The next morning, I wanted to take her out to breakfast. She woke up (on her own) at 0600 (6:00 AM), and was ready to go 30 minutes later. When Jeanie returned home three weeks later, it was the same thing. I never thought I would see the day where they could prepare for the day in less than 30 minutes.

(P.S. Their beds were also made before we went out the door -- something else I never thought I'd see).

A word about showers, as the idea of this "lack of privacy" issue tends to bother many young folks. I found this surprising, as -- at the time I attended basic training -- group showers were no big deal, as we did it all the time in the high school locker room, following PE, or sports. Apparently, that's not true in many of today's high schools.

In Air Force basic training, there is no privacy for the showers. The shower is one large room, with several shower-heads. Everyone showers together. Don't let this worry you, however. Most recruits I've talked to worried about this *before* basic training, but they all tell me *after* basic training, that it turned out not to be such a big deal. For the first couple of weeks, you're being yelled at, even in the shower, so you don't worry about anything other than getting the shower finished as fast as you can.

After the first couple of weeks, when you get more time and less yelling, it's no longer a big deal.

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