Just wanted to copypasta some advice I received about it, hoping some people can pick it apart and maybe share some discussion.
Sorry if it's a little out of context, does anyone have anything to correct about this, or perhaps their own profound advice? Leaving in 3 monthsI just thought of some things for when you join the AF: they hold your letters for the first couple weeks of basic. I got two letters from David asking why I didn't write to him and I was writing twice a week. They hold them because they want you 100 percent focused. David said it's nice when they finally give the mail out because... most of them got a ton all at once. Make sure no one sends you anything like nakey photos (they will confiscate them before you get the letter and you'll get in trouble). The second thing - don't go in brand new sneakers. But don't take really crappy ones either. You'll be wearing them in the beginning. David's unit had to take a shower fully clothed with shoes when they first got there. He had just bought them. They were ruined. So don't waste the money on new ones.
(David went to basic from July - September of 1999), but David had to take his own sneakers. I think not talking back to the TI (training instructor - if that's what their still calling them now, lol) is kin...d of a given. I know you know they shave your head the day you get there. David said it hurts. They are really rough when they do it. The longer you are there, the more gentle they get when you get your hair cut. Oh - and don't wreak the bed when you sleep (i.e. gator roll in the covers) because you only have like 30 seconds to make it when you wake up. You aren't allowed to sleep on top of the covers either, so try to move as little as possible. David said if you have a mole on your head - know where it is so you can put your finger over it when they are shaving your head that first time - otherwise it will get shaved off (ouch!).
David said before you go, prep your immune system (take a lot of vitamins) because when one person gets a cold, it spreads like wildfire. You will get several uniforms and boots, but I'm not sure about sneakers. David said he thinks you'll get a pair of New Balance shoes. He got sneakers too, but not until the third day and he had to shower in his own shoes that first night. He said new people are called "rainbows" because they wear their own clothes until they get their uniforms (he got his on the third day).
David says make sure you know the info (addresses, phone numbers, etc) of the people you want to leave money/your estate to (like your SGLI - Servicemembers Group Life Insurance), etc because you will be filling out that paperwork there. H...e said a lot of people didn't know and the TIs were screaming at them the whole time there were on the phone trying to get it. So, it's better to already have it, because you aren't allowed to talk about anything other than the info if you are calling for that reason anyway. And your family or friend can hear the TI screaming at you the whole time.