The Air Force Gets Hard
With more and more airmen being deployed to hot war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, Air Force leaders decided last year that they needed more focus on combat skills in their basic training course. Now airmen are rolling, not folding, their underwear and spending the freed-up time learning how an M-16 rifle works. "I would really prefer to worry about combat skills," said Airman Basic Julian Pia, who graduated from basic in February, one of the first recruits not to learn the folds.
Currently, many Air Force recruits do not handle an M-16 until the fifth week of training. But the Air Force intends to start issuing all recruits a training rifle as soon as they arrive for basic and to spend more time teaching them how to use it. "We still have attention to detail, but we accomplish that objective with the M-16," says Chief Master Sgt. Steve Sargent, the Air Force's superintendent of basic military training. "We have them strip and rebuild the rifle in two minutes."
Link: Flyboys Get Tough