When You Get Leave During Air Force Basic Training

Here's Your Chance to See San Antonio

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During the final week of Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, you will get some free time to spend on your own or with family. Some of these passes will be for on-base, and some will be for off-base so that you can see the sights of San Antonio, Texas.

The Thursday Pass

Your first pass will be immediately following the retreat ceremony on the Thursday of graduation week. This will be an on-base pass, so you can't leave Lackland Air Force Base.

The pass lasts until about 1930 (7:30 p.m.). You don't want to be late. Recruits are told they will be "recycled" if they break curfew. Best not be a test case.

If your family is here for the graduation ceremony, you can ask them to join you and bring lots of food, especially any junk food you've been missing.

Weekend Passes

Your first off-base pass will be on Friday following the graduation parade and open house. You can go anywhere in the San Antonio area.

If you do not have friends and family attending the graduation events, there will be a bus available to take you downtown. If you're going solo, you must have a "flight mate" with you at all times.

You have to be back at the dormitory by 1930 (7:30 p.m.). Don't be late.

On Saturday, there is a second off-base pass. You'll be released to the reception center around 0900 (9:00 AM), and must be back in your dorm by 1930 (7:30 p.m.).

The Sunday Pass

If you wish, your visiting loved ones can attend religious services with you on Sunday morning. After the service, you're released for an on-base pass.

If you won the Warhawk fitness award, you'll get another off-base pass.

Regardless, curfew on Sunday is usually 1800 (6:00 pm.), because you need to pack up and get ready to out-process from basic training first thing Monday morning.

But No Leave

The Air Force doesn't grant leave, or real vacation time, following Air Force Basic Military Training. On the Monday following graduation, you'll process out of basic training and proceed directly to your technical school.

Your first leave will be either upon graduation from technical school, before heading to your first duty assignment, or for a 10-day period around Christmas, whichever occurs first.