I have heard that they issuse running shoes for you at basic. Is this true? I have some kick A$$ shoes already...was wondering if I could use them.
they will issue everything you need so that you look like the recruit next to you including shoes
I went through basic April 08' and got issued some pretty nice running shoes, so don't worry about it. Once you get through and are in tech school you can wear what ever you want for running shoes.
You can bring your own running shoes if you like. Your TI should look at them and make sure they are a good shoe to run in. You don't get "issued" the shoes, you pay for them with your E-Z pay card which you will learn more about.
I suggest you talk to an expert on running shoes before you leave for BMT, to make sure that shoes is right for you so you can save a little money!
anything you need will either be issued to you (uniforms, flashlight, ect.), or you will be taken to the BX (Base Exchange) and instructed what to purchase (soap, shampoo, shoe shine kit, ect.) (NOTE: When you get to boot camp, you will be issued a debit card with $250 credit for such purchases. The amount debited is taken out of your first paycheck.)
Casey, who recently graduated Air Force Basic Training, gives this advice:
As far as the packing list goes, I would highly recommend clear toiletry items such as clear body wash, clear gel deodorant, etc. The reason for this is most T.I.'s make us use the white towel for the security drawer. I made the mistake of getting blue colored body wash and constantly got a "D" (dirty) demerit for my towel. If it's clear, no stain. I would also recommend the toothpaste in the flat bottles becuase they don't roll. Get foam shaving cream becuase the gel stuff likes to ooze out after you have wiped it off. I once got nailed for a demerit on shaving cream becuase it oozed out after I had cleaned it 30 minutes prior to the inspection.
Debit Card. Pretty much everything everything you need will be issued to you. In some cases, however, it's not a "free issue." Only actual uniform items are issued for free. Non-uniform items, such as notebooks, pens, flashlights, etc., are not. A couple of days after arrival, you'll be issued an official basic training "debit card." This card has about $250 worth of your first paycheck deposited in a special finance account. When you need to purchase something that is not issued free (such as the running shoes, soap, shampoo, haircuts, laundery costs, etc.), you'll use this card.
Running Shoes. The Air Force used to allow you to bring your own running shoes and wear them during basic training PT. According to Casey, this policy has recently changed. Recruits are now required to wear the "issue" standard, New Balance, plain white running shoes. Recruits may only wear their $200 "Nikes" if they have a medical waiver from the base
I got issued some New Balances when I went through. They were like $80, but I had never used running shoes before. It felt like I was running on a cloud, I loved them. Used them for Tech School too.
Yah I just got some 80$ running shoes I think they are called c2 or something. They are sweet. I am sure the shoes they provide are good though.
Also for my squadron anyway on the actual track that we ran on was orange so by the time we finished basic our issued shoes were all worn and kind of orange I really cant speak on the other squadrons tracks as I have only been to one(from what I can remember alot of people had that stuff on their sneakers in tech shool). My advice to you is check out the track before you use your nice sneakers on them.
Everything is provided, don't worry. We had a guy in our brother flight who showed up with shoulder length hair, a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops (no socks). The DIs called him "California." He did just fine.
I bought Nike running shoes a a few weeks before basic because my old ones were starting to go. I wore the same running shoes to basic in August of 08. When it came to getting all our PT gear, our TI let us use shoes we already brought. I Just made sure I had them cleared with the people at clothing issue to ensure they provided enough support. It wasn't a question of buying another pair, I just loved these because they were good for my knees. If your shoes are modest (not some bright yellow or blue) you should be okay.
I know this post is old but I wanted to add to it. This is how the shoe program works: when you arrive for BMT one of the first things you do is have your feet scanned. What this machine does is determine what your foot type is, ie: flat feet, regular feet, or high arch. It also gives the information of your foot, shoe, and boot size. Also recommendations for running shoe and boot insoles(Aetrex)this is optional. All the shoes are $65.00 and boot insoles $29.99. To get your shoes you need (should) have your foot scan paper and your EZ pay card. You are then given the correct shoe for your foot type. You also need to make sure that your have a proper fitting shoe. Texas has high humidity and your feet will expand and swell. Your toe should not be touching the front of your shoe. The types of shoes sold ARE NOT the all white New Balance that everyone thinks they are. There are Asics, New Balance, and Saucony shoes. If you were to look up the styles you would also notice that you are purchasing them at a discounted rate. These are very good shoes.
Some TI's do allow you to wear your own shoes if they are not too old and an actual running shoe. If you do choose to wear shoes from home you need to make sure it is a proper fitting shoe for Texas and understand that they will turn orange.
Ok I knwo i'll find this out in a few weeks.... but why orange? lol!
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mud,clay,running track color absorbing into the shoe
When I went through (16 DEC 08-16 FEB 09) if you had purchased new running shoes before BMT they could be used if they passed your TI's inspection.
Although a machine does scan your feet I think only 3 people in our flight had an accurate scan, it got me in a pair of boots three sizes too big and a reccomended a running shoe that didn't come in my size, so don't count on it. Also understand that you won't actually hit the track for running until week 7 or so, the track at my squadron, the 331st, was reserved for those doing their PT evals and no one else ran on it. Everyone else ran around on a big cement drill pad. You can pick up some of the red color from the pushup/situp pads which are made from the same stuff but it eventually fades. I think by my third week at Medina for Aircrew Fundamentals the color was gone on all my PT gear.
Although I'm still using the Asics I bought in BMT I'd reccomend picking up a really good pair of running shoes before you go. You'll do a lot of running on concrete and having a really good pair of shoes fit by someone who knows what they're doing can save you some nasty shin and knee pains.
I buy Nike Running shoes..They are truly stunning, flexible and comfortable also.
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