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A Guide to Air Force BMT Graduation: Friday

Air Force BMT Graduation is a four day event held at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX running Thursday-Sunday after 7.5 weeks of training. It’s best to arrive on Wednesday, as the events start early on Thursday morning.

There are many rules your trainee must follow during graduation weekend, including not wearing civilian clothing unless otherwise told and no public displays of affection. Your trainee will be aware of what they can and cannot do and occasionally the rules can change which is why I will not include all of them.

For a BMT Graduation Map, please click here.

Friday: Orientation Briefing, Graduation Parade, Open House, and Town Pass.

The Orientation Briefing is held at 7:15 a.m. at the Pfingston Reception Center. They will basically repeat everything I’m going to share with you in this guide, but it still doesn’t hurt to go if you would like to. If you went on Thursday, don’t go on Friday, it’s the same information.

If you do decide to go, I recommend sending someone over to the Parade Field to save a seat for the Graduation Parade as it can fill up quickly.

The Graduation Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. on the Parade Field, which is only a short walk from the Reception Center. There is a bus for handicap guests.

During the Parade, your Airman will walk the field with his or her TRS/FLT for Pass in Review followed by the Oath of Enlistment.


Immediately following the Parade is Squadron Open House where you will have a chance to see your Airman’s dorm. This is optional, but it is fun to see how your Airman has been living for the past two months.

Following Open House, your Airman is released for Town Pass, meaning you are free to leave the base and head out into San Antonio. Town Pass ends at 8:00 p.m. so remember to give your Airman plenty of time to make it back to his or her dorm room!

Be sure to check back soon for more guides to graduation weekend, including fun things to do around San Antonio!