Cross Training to Special Operations in the Air Force

The Air Force released a memorandum in 2016 that makes it easier to cross train from a regular job in the Air Force into a special operations career field. This isn't a new policy now that it's a year old but many still don't know about this policy so I'm making this post to inform those who are interested. 

At the bottom of the page I will have a picture of the memorandum for you to view.

AF.mil wrote this about the new memorandum

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen (BA), the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25.

The changes allow Airmen to be released from their current jobs in the Air Force to cross-train into the Special Tactics career fields, should they be selected following an assessment of physical, mental and psychological attributes.

"This change in policy will allow potential candidates the opportunity to retrain that were not able to previously,” said Chief Master Sgt. Alan Yoshida, Battlefield Airmen training pipeline manager. “Battlefield Airmen career fields historically have high attrition in training. This policy change could benefit the Air Force by increasing the candidate pool to those previously not allowed to crosstrain.”

The memo applies to all Battlefield Airmen career fields, which includes both conventional and Special Tactics Airmen. The critically-manned career fields for Special Tactics are Special Tactics Officer (13CX), Combat Rescue Officer (13DX), Combat Controller (1C2X1), Pararescue (1T2X1), and Special Operations Weather (1WOX2). This change also applies to both Tactical Air Control Party (1C4X1) and Air Liaison Officer (13LX), but these conventional career fields must first serve as a conventional force before applying for Special Tactics selection.

Special Tactics Airmen are the Air Force’s ground special operations force, integrating air power in ground special operations missions. Specifically, Special Tactics Airmen enable global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations.

The memo reads: Due to unique challenges in finding Airmen who can meet initial qualifications to retrain or crossflow into critically-short Battlefield Airmen career fields, any Airman who meets initial qualifications will be released from their career field to pursue retraining regardless of manning levels within their current career field.

In the event the Airman does not pass further initial qualifications --such as the assessment and selection process or failure in the Battlefield Airmen training pipeline-- they will be reinstated into their prior career field without any prejudice.

“Through this policy change, the Air Force has focused efforts to ensure qualified Airmen have an opportunity to pursue a career in Special Tactics,” said Chief Master Sgt. Marshall Farris, Headquarter Air Force A3. “Due to the rigorous training and unique career field requirements, qualified personnel are always in high demand for these challenging and rewarding specialties.”

The Air Force does not anticipate significant impacts to any one career field, as the number of Airmen selected for Special Tactics are minimal. However, while only small numbers are anticipated, this new policy could greatly impact the Special Tactics manning and mission capabilities in the future.

“We need the right people who can meet or exceed very demanding standards; with this policy shift, there are some highly-qualified individuals in the Air Force who can now apply for Special Tactics assessment and selection,” said Col. Michael Flatten, vice commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, the sole Special Tactics wing in the Air Force.

Airmen in combat control, special tactics officer, and special operations weather are assessed and selected as Special Tactics Airmen into Air Force Special Operations Command; other Battlefield Airmen career fields include TACP, CRO and pararescue, and are often assigned to Air Combat Command. Regardless of background, all Battlefield Airmen career fields are demanding and difficult, with an average attrition rate of 80 percent throughout initial selection and training.

“We are looking for Airmen with the willpower and mental fortitude to complete extraordinary tasks for a greater cause,” said Chief Master Sgt. Alan Yoshida. “This is not for everyone, but the memorandum allows us to recruit a small audience that may have been unavailable to us before. Airmen who want to challenge themselves in an extremely demanding occupation.”

Cross-training is a force management program used primarily to balance the officer and enlisted career force inventories across all career fields, ensuring sustainability of career fields in support of Air Force mission priorities.

Losing weight for joining the military

Losing Weight when trying to join

Losing weight to join the military is a question I get nearly everyday. I figured since this is such a widely sought after question I should dedicate a blog post to it. 

You are what you eat

The first step I'm going to encourage is healthy eating habits. Yes, before exercise lets get your eating habits under control! This may seem like common sense but much of the food today that we consume is absolutely terrible for us and is actually making us gain weight and be unhealthy. Lets start off by cutting out certain foods and then we will move on to what to add to your diet. TIP: It has taken many months/years to get to where your body is today, be prepared to put in several months of self discipline to get back to where you want to be. 

Foods you should NEVER have again:

  • Candy
  • Fast food
  • Soda
  • Energy Drinks
  • Fried foods
  • foods loaded with sugar
  • foods very high in salt content
  • foods very high in fat content

Just by cutting out the above foods alone you will start to see a drop in your weight and body fat percentage in the first few weeks with no added exercise. Imagine how much progress you can make in a few months with healthy eating habits and regular exercise.

Foods you should start having more of:

  • fruit with 1-2 meals
  • vegetables with 2-3 meals
  • source of lean protein with 3-5 meals
  • WATER WATER WATER!!

The reason I say to have lean protein with 3-5 meals a day is because you should be eating between 4-6 small meals a day. These meals should consist of 400-700 calories roughly and be 3-5 hours apart. Your metabolism is fueled by food and by eating small meals throughout the day you'll be able to burn calories continuously and since you won't be eating large meals your body will be able to burn off the calories it's taking in. 

NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST

Breakfast will be the most important meal of the day. As I just said above, your metabolism is fueled from the food you feed it. If you skip breakfast your metabolism isn't starting right away in the morning meaning your body isn't burning calories first thing in the morning. EAT BREAKFAST!! 

How to decide what to eat:

My rule of thumb is that we are all adults, we know what is healthy, what is unhealthy, what is full of sugar or salt, and so on. When getting healthy eating habits it starts with self discipline and doing what you know is right for your body and your goal. You can't reach your goal if you're doing things that push your goal farther away. If you have any thought that what you're about to eat isn't healthy either (A) don't eat it and eat something you KNOW is healthy or (B) look up whether that food is healthy and see what experts say. After a few weeks it will start to be become easier and easier to determine what is good or bad for you and also what you first reach for when you're hungry. You'll eventually have made it a habit to only eat healthy food.

 

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The second half of the battle, exercise:

exercise doesn't have to be running 10 miles a day or hitting the gym for some heavy lifting for 2 hours. If you're not in the shape you want to be in or your over the weight you would like to be the odds are you either aren't working out at all or that much. THAT IS OKAY!! The key here is to start small and work your way up. If you try to immediately jump into hardcore workouts you'll most likely get overwhelmed and discouraged and quit. So lets take it slow and remember that everyday that you aren't doing everything you can to accomplish a goal is one day farther away you are from reaching that goal.

 

To start out for exercising I would suggest you make good self judgement as to what you can handle. If you haven't been running or walking everyday I would start out with forcing yourself to walk/run .5-1 miles 3-4 days a week. Remember slow and steady pace wins the race! If after a week you feel like it was too easy start working your way up. Start running 1-1.5 miles 3-4 days a week. after a week or two try doing (3) 1 miles runs and (3) 1.5 mile runs which means you'll have started running 6 days a week. Keep working your way up until you can run 2-3 miles 4-6 days a week. Once you get to that point you should be at the weight you desire and if not start timing yourself and trying to run your runs faster each day. After several weeks of pushing yourself and eating healthy the weight should be coming off the way you would like!

 

Why only running and no lifting weights?

The reason I suggest running and don't tell people to lift weights when trying to lose weight is simple. Its a lot easier for people to run and no one should have an excuse as to why they can't go outside and run on the sidewalk. To lift weights requires someone to either go buy a weight set or get a membership to a gym and then commute to and from the gym each day. in the time it takes you to commute to and from the gym you could have gone for a run and been done for the day. Lifting weights take up much more time and while it does burn calories and help you lose weight its much more time consuming and when the key focus is to just lose weight running is definitely the best option. 

Stay focused and have self discipline:

Without focus or self discipline you'll fail to achieve your goal. No one will make you put in the work to get you to where you want to be other than you. If you aren't working towards your goal everyday you may never get there. If you have a goal in mind your actions everyday should be helping you reach that goal. Exercising regularly and eating healthy can be tough. Whether you get to where you want to be or not depends one how hard you're willing to work on your goal everyday. Hopefully this article helped you and will motivate you to go out there and get what you want in life. Not just for losing weight but any goal you have. 

"A goal without any actions behind it is just a wish"

NEW Air Force tattoo policy 2017

NEW Air Force Tattoo Policy 2017

January 10, 2017, the Air Force announced changes to the tattoo policy
in AFI 36-2903 Dress and Appearance.

This is a huge change to the Air Force tattoo policy that many have
been waiting for including myself. As many of you know I have a half
sleeve tattoo on my right arm and plan on getting a full sleeve in the
future. With this change I no longer have to wear long sleeves at all
times once I get my full sleeve tattoo. During the summer those with
full sleeve tattoos will be allowed to continue wearing short sleeve
sand tees.
 


These changes result from a review of Air Force accessions policies
directed by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in 2016

“As part of our effort to attract and retain as many qualified Airmen
as possible we periodically review our accessions policies,” she said.
“In this instance, we identified specific changes we can make to allow
more members of our nation to serve without compromising quality. As a
next step in this evolution, we are opening the aperture on certain
medical accession criteria and tattoos while taking into account our
needs for worldwide deployability and our commitment to the profession
of arms."

NEW Air Force TATTOO POLICY 2017!! SMASH the thumbs up button for tattoos!!! The Air Force just recently changed the Air Force tattoo policy and it becomes effective February 1, 2017! This now allows people to have a full sleeves and not worry about being in regulations!

Tattoos, brands or body markings on the head, neck, face, tongue,
lips and/or scalp remain prohibited. Hand tattoos will be limited to
one single-band ring tattoo, on one finger, on one hand. The hand
tattoo change ensures the ability to present a more formal military
image when required at certain events and/or with dress uniforms.
Current Airmen with existing hand tattoos that were authorized under
the previous policy will be grandfathered in under the old policy
standards.


Check out my video on the new Air Force Tattoo Policy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLeNZW9nbDHimpPl1tWy8Zw
Be sure to give it a thumbs up and let me know what you think of the new policy!

Studying for the ASVAB

Studying for the ASVAB?


I get a lot of questions asking about how to study for the ASVAB and for ASVAB study tips. Well my wife, Makenna, has actually decided to join the Air Force National Guard. She is just starting her process to joining the military like many of you. She has tried several books for studying for the ASVAB and these are the few that she recommends:

BEST ASVAB BOOK:
30 Days to ASVAB

OTHER RECOMMENDED BOOKS:
ASVAB FOR DUMMIES
KAPLAN ASVAB

Makenna also made this video on her YouTube channel about ASVAB study books and tips. Be sure to check it out and also SUBSCRIBE to her channel!
 

Hey guys! I am just starting to study for the ASVAB and figured I would share with you how I am studying for the ASVAB test. In this video I include ASVAB tips and tricks. I know many of your are looking for how to pass the ASVAB I hope my ASVAB study video will help!

 

Also check out these online ASVAB test to help you prepare!
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I hope this helps you guys prepare for the ASVAB and makes you more confident in studying! Best of luck with your future endeavors everyone! Keep working hard!

 

-Kyle Gott

United States Air Force: 4 year vs 6 year contract

4 vs 6 year contracts in the Air Force

Are you looking into joining the Air Force but not sure how long of a contract you want to serve? As most of you may know, there are 2 options when joining active duty. 4 year contracts or 6 year contracts. Thankfully I put together this blog post to help ease your mind about the decision and making it easier for you to decide what contract to do for yourself in the United States Air Force. 

The first thing you need to do is to find out what rank you are going to be joining the Air Force as. You only need to meet only ONE of the qualifications listed for advanced pay-grade. If you don't meet any of the requirements that's okay! you'll still be able to join as an E-1. 

 

You will be joining the Air Force as an E-2 if you meet ONE of these requirements:

-Has completed two or more years of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and has a certificate or statement on official letterhead from a JROTC unit commander at the high school attended stating satisfactory completion.
-Has completed two or more years of college Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and has a certificate or statement on official letterhead from the professor of aerospace science (PAS) at the college attended, stating satisfactory completion.
-Was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award or Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award and presents the respective award certificate.
-Was credited with over 90 days active duty service and was last separated in a pay grade of E-2 or higher.
-Is a former service academy cadet with over 90 days as a cadet corps member.
-Has satisfactorily completed 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of credit from an accredited, degree-granting institution listed in the applicable AIPE* directory for last year attended.

 

You will be joining the Air Force as an E-3 if you meet ONE of these requirements:

-Was credited with more than 12 months of active duty service and last separated in a pay grade of E-3 or higher
-Was awarded the Billy Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, or Carl Spaatz award or has a letter from CAP/AF/TTHE, Maxwell AFB AL, certifying successful completion of award requirements
-Has completed at least a 3-year JROTC program and has a certificate or statement on official letterhead from a JROTC unit commander stating satisfactory completion. (Must present the certificate or statement before EAD date.)
-Has satisfactorily completed 45 semester hours or 67 quarter hours of credit from an accredited, degree-granting institution listed in the applicable AIPE directory for last year attended.
-Is an ARC member who qualifies and enlists for 6 years

These statements are taken from AFI 36-2001 (http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/afrs/publication/afrsi36-2001/afrsi36-2001.pdf) Pages 54-55.


Now that you know what rank you will be joining as you're one step closer to deciding whether you should do a 4 or 6 year contract. But first we also need to discuss signing bonuses for jobs. This might also have a say on whether you consider the 4 or 6 year contract. Currently bonuses are only offered to those who sign a 6 year contract in specific jobs. But keep in mind some jobs don't even let you have an option between a 4 and 6 year contract. Some jobs require a 6 year contract no matter what. But first. Lets discuss bonuses. 

Recently the Air Force released a new list of jobs with bonuses. The following photos are of the new enlistment bonus memo that became effective April 1, 2016.

 

Other then special forces and a few other technical jobs. Maintenance is the only career field you'll be able to get a $2,000 signing bonus if you sign 6 years instead of 4. So if you aren't interested in Maintenance and the $2,000 doesn't convince you to do a 6 year contract That's okay, there is more. If you're still unsure between a 4 year and 6 year contract I have one last thing to help you decide. 


Pay difference between a 4 year contract and a 6 year contract

This is most likely the biggest factor people have when deciding between the 4 and 6 year commitment. Thankfully I have made 3 videos comparing the contracts based off of what rank you are joining as. So using what rank you would be joining the Air Force as, you can check out the video that pertains to your situation:

 

Joining as an E-1

4 year contracts vs 6 year contracts in the Air Force. Want to know the difference? Well I explain the differences of a 4 year contract vs 6 year contract in the Air Force in this video!

Joining as an E-2

4 year contracts vs 6 year contracts in the Air Force. Want to know the difference? Well I explain the differences of a 4 year contract vs 6 year contract in the Air Force in this video!

 

Joining as an E-3

4 year contracts vs 6 year contracts in the Air Force. Want to know the difference? Well I explain the differences of a 4 year contract vs 6 year contract in the Air Force in this video!

 

 

I hope this article helped you guys make a better educated decision about joining the Air Force and what contract works best for you. Give this article a like and leave a comment if you appreciate these blog posts and want me to do more! Thank you all for your patience and support!

-Kyle Gott

What is the best job in the Air Force?

What is the best job in the Air Force?

            This may be one of the biggest questions you can think of when looking into joining the Air Force. Picking your job will also be one of the most important decisions you make while joining the Air Force. Picking what jobs you would like to do for 4-6 years or more can be stressful and difficult. But this article will hopefully make it easier for you making your desired job list. Unfortunately there isn't a "best job in the Air Force" but, there may be certain jobs that are "best for you" and I'm going to do my best to try and help you find those jobs! This is also for Enlisted careers but if you have a degree or are planning on joining as an officer you can also use these steps provided to determine what may be best for you.

          When it comes to making your list of desired job, knowledge is power. The more jobs you know and the details of those jobs the better. The advice I'm going to give you is going to be time consuming but it will result in you making an educated decision to joining the Air Force.

 

Step 1. Grab a pen and notebook, or you can use your laptop and pull up a blank word document or a blank notepad document. you're going to use this to write down any jobs that you have an interest in. I prefer writing in a notebook. It's easier to sketch notes on.

 

Step 2. Go to the Air Forces website for careers. You can click this link later to go there: https://www.airforce.com/careers/browse-careers

 

Step 3. This will be most efficient on the computer rather than on your phone because you will be opening several tabs. Right below "What areas interest you" there will be 3 symbols. The two on the left look like list symbols and the right side is a magnifying glass. Click on the center image. After you click on that it will give you a few options. This is where you pick the enlisted jobs or the officer jobs. If you are joining without a bachelors degree you will be going enlisted. So you will click high school/enlisted.

 

Step 4. This is the beginning of you finding the best job in the Air Force. You will be given 124 job options that are enlisted career fields in the Air Force. You can go about this two different ways. You either open up every job and read about it, or you can only open the ones that sound interesting by the name. I suggest opening each job to read about it though. It will take a lot longer to come up with your list. But haven't you heard the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" this phrase applies here. Don't judge a job based off of it's name.

 

Step 5. From here you will be able to click on each job. The Air Force website doesn't allow you to hold Ctrl down and click each job to open multiple tabs (At least it didn't work for me while writing this article) So you will have to read each job individually and then go back to the list and click on high school/enlisted jobs then click on the next job on the list. This will take a lot of time to research every job. But being well educated for a 4-6+ year decision is well worth the hours of research.

 

Step 6. Every time you find a job you feel you may be interested in scribble it into your notepad. Maybe throw down a few notes next to it of what you liked about it. It's okay if right now you don't LOVE a job yet. This is just to get a rough idea of what you are interested in. So any job that sparks and interests add it to your list. you can even see on here where your tech school is and how long it is. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, don't base your decision off of the tech school length or location though. don't pick a job based off of where you'll be for a few months when you'll be stuck doing that job for 4-6+ years. A great job with a long or bad located tech school is much better than a bad job with a good tech school location or length.

 

Step 7. Go through every job that is enlisted. you should have a decent sized list by the time you've researched each job. You will also be more educated than most when it comes to jobs in the Air Force and then you can help spread the knowledge to help others!

 

Step 8. So you have a list of jobs you are semi interested in for the Air Force. This is when you head to google.com or YouTube.com to see if you can find any extra information about those jobs you did like. some jobs may have videos on YouTube or articles online or forums about them. This is where you can learn more in depth about a job you may want from people who actually do that job. My job is Aircraft Structural Maintenance and I've already made a video previously explaining what my job consists of. When you research more, if any jobs make you lose interest feel free to cross them off your list.  Keep in mind though It may be good to keep this list of jobs that initially interested you just in case you do end up not getting a job offer for one of you top jobs. You will be able to go back and see if the job offer you get was even one of the jobs you had considered at all in the first place and it will have some notes about the things you did like.

 

Step 9. Your list should be smaller now then when you started. Now that you have the top jobs that interest you in the Air Force this is the fun part. You get to rank them! This is where you start to realize what the best job in the Air Force is for you. Also something to keep in mind is when rating these. Don't rate them by what you think is "coolest" please rate them based on what you would be happiest doing for 4-6+ years.

 

Step 10. Make your list from your favorite job to least favorite. Then you're going to go through and compare each job to the ones around it. Take your number 1 and 2 job and ask yourself. If you had to pick one or the other for 6 years. Which would it be. If they stay 1 and 2. Move down and compare your #2 job to your #3 job. Make your way all the way down your list comparing jobs. If any change. go over the jobs that moved with the jobs around them again until your list is situated in the best order for you from favorite to least favorite. This doesn't mean that the last job on the list isn't a job you would want to do. It means you would still want to do the job, but if you had the choice you would do something higher on your list.

 

Step 11. KEEP THIS LIST! this will help you when you go talk to the recruiter about jobs. You made a list based off of researching each job. So that way you know what jobs you're willing to join for. Don't let the recruiter talk you out of your list. Except if you list only contains 1-4 jobs. You might be a little too dead set on picking a job and that's harder to get something you want. So make sure you have an open mind when joining and try to have your list have at least 7 jobs if not more that you are willing to do. Based off of your jobs you like you can also decide on what aptitude is best for you. See what aptitude the jobs on your list fall under and the aptitude with the most jobs on your list is the best aptitude for you! When picking a job for the Air Force you'll have to list at least 7 jobs I believe and you'll also have to list an aptitude area. This is why I say make sure your job list has at least 7! The more jobs on your list of jobs you like the better because it's not guaranteed they give you an offer for a job that was on your top 7 list.

           I know this was probably not what you imagined when thinking of the best job in the Air Force. Many people think there is a straight forward answer to the question. But there isn't because everyone is different. What may be the best job for you may be different for someone else. Only you know they answer to what is the best job in the Air Force. No one can answer that for you. This is also the same for nearly every experience you'll have in the Air Force. You'll need to keep an open mind because every situation for every person is going to be different. There really isn't a set answer for most things in the Air Force. Just keep an open mind and work hard. Best of luck on your future journey with the Air Force and I hope you all the best!

 

Also, If you're studying for the ASVAB or are going to. Check out this ASVAB study book. My wife is studying for the ASVAB right now and this is what book she recommends

30 days to ASVAB: http://amzn.to/1TYjQr8

 

-Kyle Gott

Tech School Prep

Hey Everyone!

A couple months back I released a couple new pages on my website for helping Airmen better prepare for Tech School! I created TWO pages that should provide a ton of useful information to anyone on their way to Air Force Tech School. The first page was dedicated to helpful tips to know before going into Air Force BMT. There are a lot of questions people have about USAF BMT so I hit several big topics in the Air Force Tech School Prep page. Hopefully you find this information and these tips helpful!

 

 

 

I Also created a page dedicated to items you might want to bring to tech school or that you may buy while at tech school. It's similar to the BMT packing list I made but whether you take or buy the items is up to your personal preference. It's more so an Air Force tech school wish list. It has items ranging from bed sheets and cleaning products to videos games and electronics. Everything on that list are items that are allowed to have at AF tech school. Click the image to go to the Air Force tech school wish list. 

I apologize for the lack of updates on the website and email list. With the out processing and PCS coming up I've been extremely busy. I will be working on getting posts on here back up to date. Thank you for the continued support and patience! 

Have a great day!

-Kyle Gott

 

TIPS: ABU/Camo vs. Black Gear

Should you buy an ABU/Camo Pattern backpack?

This is a question I get several times a week and it isn't something I have ever addressed until recently in my tech school prep video. So here is a blog post to express into more detail my thoughts on the ABU pattern craze. 

First I want to just start off by saying, I don't recommend anyone buy anything ABU/camo pattern. Stick with black, it's going to be your best choice and here is why:

For BMT:
When preparing for BMT this is usually the first time this question comes up. Now I'm going to share some advice with you that my MTI taught me and has stuck with me. He said "If you have to ask if something is okay, it's probably not okay. So if you want to ask me if something is okay, don't ask me, and don't do it. Just do what you KNOW is okay" It's crazy how something like that sticks with you after 3 years. But he was completely right. Each day since I've realized this to be more an more true. If you ever think "Maybe this isn't a good idea" or "Maybe I should check to make sure this won't get me in trouble" Then it's usually not a good idea or it will get you in trouble. My MTI was smart with pushing this mentality to trainees. It taught us to govern ourselves when we had questions. You could figure out what is right and wrong simply by the fact that if you question what your doing at all, then you shouldn't be doing it. This is what buying an ABU pattern backpack reminds me of. Most people think it may get them in trouble but they want to ask to make sure. So with my MTI's advice if you wonder if you should buy ABU pattern items and if they will cause trouble for you later, you should just assume that it's not a good idea and you should go to an option that you know is safe.

Here is an example of an acceptable backpack for both Air Force BMT & Tech School. Link: http://amzn.to/1NqzlCR

Here is an example of an acceptable backpack for both Air Force BMT & Tech School. Link: http://amzn.to/1NqzlCR

Now it's not always going to get you in trouble or yelled at when you go to BMT. But, it will definitely make you stand out more among the other trainees at first. And that's the opposite of what you want to do. The best thing to do at BMT is to blend in as long as you can. So for the sake of BMT and yourself, it is in the best interest that you avoid buying a ABU pattern backpack. I know you may think it's awesome and cool (I'll get to that part later) but it's just better if you take items in colors that will not stand out.


For Tech School:
So in my experience with tech school in the Air Force. We were REQUIRED to have a solid black backpack to march to and from class. Some people showed up to tech school with ABU backpacks and they were not allowed to use them when in uniform at tech school (you can after tech school, I'll get into that later) So I'm not 100% if all tech schools operate the same but to my knowledge having an ABU backpack will not be as useful as a black backpack would be. So in the thought of saving money and stress choosing to not buy an ABU backpack and going with a military grade black backpack is going to be the best option for you. 


At your first base:
When you show up to your first duty station you are allowed to have an ABU backpack. The following is our guidelines for backpacks while in uniform:

"In accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903, "Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel," Airmen must ensure any backpacks worn while in uniform fit within certain parameters. 

Black backpacks may be worn with any uniform combination, but solid-color black backpacks are the only versions authorized while wearing any blue uniform. Airman battle uniform-patterned, olive drab or sage green backpacks may be worn with the ABU.

Small logos are authorized, but backpacks with ornamentation, a high gloss, designs or hanging or dangling objects are not approved to wear while in uniform. Backpacks may have small gold or silver clasps, but no chains.

Airmen may wear a backpack on their left shoulder, or on both shoulders, so as not to interfere with rendering a proper salute"


To sum this rule up. When wearing your dress blues black backpacks are all that is authorized. Black, ABU, and sage green are allowed when in your ABUs. So as you can see, Black is always authorized or your safest choice when it comes to backpacks in the Air Force. If you would like to have multiple backpacks that is up to you, but I suggest just having one black backpack to follow you through your Air Force career. 

 

To look cool or show you're in the Air Force:
This was something I saw A LOT in tech school mostly. It honestly looks more tacky then cool. People are extremely proud for becoming a new Airman so they wear their dog tags every where they go and try to have their shirt off as much as possible. When they are wearing a shirt the try to have it be Air Force related and anytime they go anywhere they make sure their ABU backpack is slung over their shoulder. I know many people want to be proud of becoming an Airman but that sometimes can be shown in a way that doesn't always reflect the best on us. What I mean by that is, we shouldn't be so proud of our service that we want to strut around and show off to everyone that we are in the Air Force. We shouldn't want people to think we are cool for serving our country. We shouldn't want to wear our dog tags as jewelry. They mean more than just a fashion statement. We all have our own personal reasons on why we joined the Air Force and want to serve. But we shouldn't let that pride turn into us looking like we think we are better than others. We should serve humbly. And that can boil down to simple things such as a backpack. Walking around in public is similar to BMT. We should want to blend in as much as possible and not make a scene of ourselves. So going out trying to show off your in the Air Force isn't the best look on us. Now sometimes our haircuts might give us away. But if you have the haircut, shirt, backpack, and dog tags on that's a little too much. After you arrive at your first duty station you will also undergo some training that teaches us to do our best to blend in with society and it isn't safe for us to try to stand out as US military. It's much easier to protect ourselves if we don't try to stand out as a target. 


This is why I suggest everyone start out their Air Force career with a black backpack. It's the best choice for the many reason stated above. Not only does it help you out by only needing one backpack your entire career, but it can also help you blend in at BMT and in the civilian world. 

If you are interested in a black backpack that I recommend click here:
http://amzn.to/1NqzlCR


I hope this blog post helps answer your questions or thoughts about the ABU backpack dilemma. If you guys have any other ideas for future blog posts be sure to leave a comment below and give this post a like/heart!

Best of luck with your future journey,

-Kyle Gott  

Backpacking Asia: Packing List

Right now Makenna and I are having an amazing time traveling Asia out of just TWO BACKPACKS. We decided that we wanted to pack as light as possible to have the most flexibility during our trip. You might have seen several of our past videos on GottLove (my wife and I's YouTube channel) where we have been walking through all of the steps we had to take to plan this trip. Our latest video showed exactly what we packed. You can see that video below:

 
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After publishing the above video on GottLove, the messages flooded in asking what gear, and where to buy it, was featured in the video. People were asking what cameras we were bringing with us, what chargers, tripods, you name it. You ask, and I deliver. Below are several of the items that we brought with us on our Asian adventure. A few items (like clothes), I have left out because I'm sure you all have that under control:

Several of the above items are definitely 'must haves' when traveling internationally, like travel charger, laptop, and a camera. Now, this is not EVERYTHING that you could bring on an international adventure but if you are wanting to backpack, the above is my recommendation for the bare minimum. 

Well, there you go. Several of you asked for this list and it's links and now you have them. Good luck on your future adventures and be sure to follow Makenna and I on our Asian adventure by posting to us with the hashtag #GottLoveTravelsAsia. 

-Kyle Gott

KYLE GOTT FITNESS PLAN - BMT PREP

Hey Everyone,

I am very excited to announce the launch of the Kyle Gott BMT Fitness Plan. For years, hundreds if not thousands of subscribers have sent me messages asking me 'How do I get in shape for BMT?' or 'What's the best way to lose weight?'. These are super valid questions and so far my answer has been EXERCISE. Run, walk, lift, whatever you want. Just be active. And now I have a FREE solution. That's right, this fitness plan is a FREE DOWNLOAD

In this plan I provide a hyper-focused plan on improving your PT Test scores, that will improve your overall physically readiness at the same time. The plan will give you a regimen to follow for each day of the week for 4 weeks. If you follow the plan, and maintain a healthy diet, you will see improvements in your PT scores for Air Force BMT. This plan is designed for beginners to advanced fitness go-ers. Once you master the distances provided in the plan (for running) you can then shift focus on improving your run-times. In addition to running, there are push-up & sit-up improvement workouts. Like I said, the plan focuses on improving your entire PT Test scores.

I believe that any prep plan that only focuses on fitness is just simply incomplete. BMT is SO MUCH MORE than physically challenging; it's also mentally challenging. In the plan, I provide a ton of insight and tips for those heading to BMT to better transition and be more prepared to conquer BMT both mentally and physically. 

Click through to my website HERE to get your BMT Fitness Plan. Share this with your friends preparing for BMT and good luck!

-Kyle Gott

My job in the Air Force: Aircraft Structural Maintenance

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Today I explain my job in the Air Force! Which is a long awaited video that many have asked for so I finally decided to sit down and make a full length video explaining everything I can to you guys! My job is Aircraft Structural Maintenance (ASM) in the United States Air Force. I do sheet metal repair on most of the United States Air Forces aircraft. I've currently been doing ASM on the F-15 C Model here at Kadena Air Force base, but I'm going to be PCSing to a new base in August to Nellis Air Force base and will be working on HH-60 Helicopters.

Let me know if you have any questions and share this with your friends that might be interested in this career field!

-Kyle Gott

Getting Mail While Stationed Overseas

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Hey Everyone!

Here is another update to my vlog coming straight from all of your submitted questions. As you can see from the title, I'm discussing mail while being stationed overseas.

Sending and receiving mail overseas can be a scary thing to think about. How does it work? Does it cost a ton of money? Does it take forever? Thankfully being stationed overseas in the military the bases have post offices that have United States shipping addresses. So shipping to and from your overseas base is a breeze! You treat it the same as if you were in the United states and had a PO BOX. Most websites do ship to APO, but some items they may not offer shipping to you. 

-Kyle Gott

WHAT I USE TO EDIT VIDEOS

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I get a lot of questions asking what kind of editing software I use for my videos. So after several years I finally decided to make a video about it! I use Sony Vegas Pro 12.

The newest version Sony Vegas Pro 13 is out but I just haven't upgraded it since Sony Vegas Pro 12 does everything I need plus some. Sony Vegas Pro 12 doesn't have a very steep learning curve which is awesome for people who are just starting out and learning how to make videos. Some day I would like to move up to Adobe Premiere, but that won't be happening anytime soon due to how much work it can take to learn that program. When it comes to Sony movie editing software, I honestly recommend Sony Movie Studio to anyone who is just starting out. It's just like Sony Vegas Pro, but simplified with just the basic video editing needs. It's also a lot cheaper!

Be sure to check out all the links below:

Sony Vegas Pro 13 
Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum 
Sony Movie Studio 13 Suite 

Adobe Premiere 

Have a great weekend and good luck to all you future creators out there!

-Kyle Gott

Getting Married at Air Force BMT: How it works

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There are several things that need to be done to ensure that your new spouse can move with you to your next base, get medically cleared and more. It can be a bit confusing. However, learn from Austin and Jayna's experience in this Interview-style video.

Several of you have been asking questions about getting married while in the military. Well, this video is for all of you. Our new neighbors, Austin and Jayna Couch, just moved into our building at Kadena! They recently got married during BMT graduation week and they explain how the process works for those of you who are interested in getting married after BMT. 

Enjoy!

-Kyle Gott

Tech School Phases: ITP vs. ATP

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When you get to Air Force Tech School you won't be 'free' just yet. When you arrive you will be in a phase that is called ITP (Initial Transition Program). This means that you will need to keep your room and uniforms clean in order to pass inspections. Yes, you heard that right. You will still have inspections in Air Force Tech School. Once you complete the ITP phase, you will move into ATP (Advanced Transition Program). This is where the real fun begins at your Tech School!

Be sure to watch the whole video to learn more about the transition phases at Air Force Tech School.

For more information about ITP and ATP, check out Air Force Moms BMT 

-Kyle Gott

Having a Car at Tech School?

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Good news everyone! You CAN have a car at tech school! This is one of the most common questions I get and was definitely a question that I had myself. In this video I get into detail on how the best ways you can get a car to tech school and what I would recommend as far as a vehicle goes in tech school.

More videos to come about Air Force BMT, Air Force Tech School, and Air Force life, so share this video, Subscribe and stay tuned!

If you have any questions about Tech School or general questions on Air Force life, feel free to check out my YouTube channel or message me on Facebook or YouTube. 

Thanks! 

 -Kyle Gott

Nike Gift Card Giveaway

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What up guys! As many of you know, I am hard at work training for my upcoming PT test. One of the resources I use to train is the Nike+ Running app. This app allows me to track all of my running workouts and push myself. I think this app is a great tool for anyone trying to work on improving their run times and connect with other people while training. Today, after finishing a run, I figured why not do a Nike.com gift card giveaway! If you guys want to add me on Nike+ feel free! Just add username: Kyle_Gott.

CONTEST RULES

1st way to enter:

Susbcribe to my YouTube channel, Like the Nike Gift Card Giveaway video, and Comment below what you would do with this gift card if you won! That's it!

2nd way to win!

Slide over to my Instagram account http://www.instagram.com/KyleGottYouTube and on my recent Nike+ picture I posted tag a friend in the comment section who you think should add me on Nike+. 

The deadline for the giveaway will be Monday, February 22nd, 2016!

Best of luck to all of you!

 

All LINKS below!!

http://www.instagram.com/KyleGottYouTube

http://www.twitter.com/KyleGottYouTube

http://www.facebook.com/KyleGottYoutube

 

-Kyle Gott

I NEED YOUR HELP - Air Force Tech School

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What do YOU think Airmen should bring to Air Force Tech School? I will be developing a resource page on my website that will provide Airman a guide for what they should bring to Tech School, in addition to Tip and Tricks for getting through Tech School with ease. I have a list that I could recommend, but why not generate a list from thousands of people that all went through Tech School?!?! Right?

Please click through the image above and comment on my video telling me what you recommend bringing to Tech School or any tips for Airman as they begin Tech School.  I could include your feedback on my new page on my website!

I really appreciate your help in developing this list of items and tips/tricks.

-Kyle Gott

ABOUT AIR FORCE GYMS

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Every wonder if you have to pay to use a gym once you join the Air Force?

In this video I explain everything about gyms at Air Force bases while you are serving in the US Air Force.

This is one of my favorite perks to being in the military. No membership fees to any gym that is ON base! Even the fitness classes at military gyms are FREE! So once you join the USAF you'll never have to worry about a membership fee again as long as you're serving! For more information about the types of sports & fitness activities across the Air Force check out the link below:

https://www.airforce.com/lifestyle/life-on-base

In the future I will publishing a FITNESS PLAN designed by ME, Kyle Gott! That's right. In this plan I will be detailing specific workouts and the regiment that goes with it. So stay tuned!

-Kyle Gott

Male & Female Air Force PT test

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The Air Force PT test and PT requirements are some of the most asked questions about joining the Air Force. Thankfully Makenna (My wife) agreed to participate in this Air Force PT test video to show you guys not only the male side of the PT test, but also the female side to it as well. We also explain how the Air Force grades your PT score and how to determine if you are passing or failing your PT test. Click the image above to watch the YouTube video.

If you want to see the official Air Force PT test score cards. Check out the Air Force's page dedicated to the PT test below:

Air Force PT test SCORE CARDS:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-110804-054.pdf


Also, Check out the OFFICIAL Air Force PT test website:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/affitnessprogram/

Hope this helps answer you're Air Force PT test related questions!

-Kyle Gott