The Air Force Has Altered Basic Training To Protect Recruits. Is It Enough To Prevent Infections?

Recruits are screened for exposure to COVID-19 when the arrive at Lackland for basic training. They share dorms with fewer people than they would have before the pandemic.

By Carson FrameApril 3, 2020 10:00 am, , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

For recruits in Basic Military Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, typical mornings used to start with a pre-dawn wake up to the sound of reveille, quickly followed by an intense workout, breakfast, showers and chores.

Trainees lived and exercised in close proximity. Recruits would hold one another’s ankles while doing sit-ups, circle the running track together, and chow down at eating facilities at the same time. Sleeping bays were normally packed with about 60 people.

It was all part of a time-honored system the Air Force used to produce new troops.

But since the coronavirus outbreak, the environment and tempo of basic training has changed.


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