AETC recruits new people into the U.S. Air Force and provides them
with military, technical and flying training; and precommissioning,
professional military and continuing education. After receiving
basic training and prior to placement in Air Force jobs, enlisted
people are trained in a technical skill. More than 2,200 technical
courses offer a wide variety of job skills for today's young adults.
During their careers in the Air Force, every officer and enlisted
person receives training administered by the command.
Personnel and Resources
The command includes two numbered air forces, the Air University,
Air Force Recruiting Service and Wilford Hall Medical Center. More
than 43,000 active-duty members and 14,000 civilian personnel make
up AETC. The command has responsibility for more than 1,500 aircraft.
Air University, headquartered at Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex, Ala.,
is responsible for professional military education, graduate education
and professional continuing education, as well as precommissioning
education and training. AU also provides administrative oversight
of the Civil Air Patrol.
AU students are primarily Air Force officers, airmen and selected
Department of Defense civilians. A relatively small number of personnel
from other DOD activities also attend AU schools. In addition, international
officers from more than 100 countries have studied in AU schools.
Precommissioning Education and Training. AU's precommissioning education
and training organizations are the Officer Training School and Air
Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Over the years, OTS has functioned
as a flexible commissioning program to meet the constantly changing
manning requirements of the Air Force. Additionally, OTS formally
trains medical service officers, chaplains and lawyers. AFROTC,
operating in partnership with more than 140 colleges and universities,
educates, trains and commissions qualified students in a diversified
college and university environment.
Professional Military Education. The PME schools of AU -- Air War
College, Air Command and Staff College (including the School of
Advanced Airpower Studies), Squadron Officer School and College
for Enlisted Professional Military Education -- prepare senior,
midcareer and junior commissioned and noncommissioned officers and
civilians for progressively more responsible positions throughout
the Air Force.
Professional Continuing Education. AU specialized agencies meet
specific educational requirements of the Air Force. The Air Force
Quality Institute enhances the implementation and continuing application
of a Quality Air Force. The College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research
and Education assists Headquarters USAF in developing doctrine and
military strategy; prepares instructional materials for AU PME programs;
conducts operational and educational wargames; and publishes the
Airpower Journal. Approximately 330 correspondence courses in specialized,
career development and PME are published through the Extension Course
Institute. The Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development
provides professional continuing education for instructors, international
officers, chaplains, judge advocates, comptrollers, personnel specialists,
commanders and communication-computer systems managers. Schools
operating within the college include the Academic Instructor School,
International Officer School, USAF Chaplain Service Institute, USAF
First Sergeant Academy, Air Force Human Resource Management School,
Air Force Judge Advocate General School, Commanders' Professional
Development School, Professional Military Comptroller School and
Technology Management School. The Community College of the Air Force
develops and administers education programs leading to an associate
degree in applied science for Air Force active-duty, Reserve and
Air National Guard enlisted personnel. The AU Library provides educational
and research library services and cartographic support to the headquarters,
schools, colleges and tenant units.
Graduate Education. The Air Force Institute of Technology, located
at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, provides education to meet Air Force
requirements in scientific, technological, logistical, managerial
and other designated professional areas. The institute consists
of the Graduate School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Logistics
and Acquisition Management, the School of Systems and Logistics,
the School of Civil Engineering and Services, and the Civilian Institution
Programs. In addition to graduate degree programs, the institute
offers numerous courses in-residence at Wright-Patterson AFB and
at selected locations within the continental United States. The
Civilian Institution Programs organization is responsible for managing
graduate, undergraduate and continuing education programs at civilian
educational facilities and is responsible for the Air Force health
care education programs, education-with-industry and numerous other
programs. AFIT also contributes to the commissioning of new Air
Force officers through the Airman Education and Commissioning Program.
Second Air Force
The 2nd Air Force, headquartered at Keesler AFB, Miss., was activated
July 1, 1993, and manages all operational aspects of basic and technical
training for AETC. Four training wings, including seven technical
training groups and basic military training, report to 2nd AF. Geographically
separated units are located at Falcon and Peterson Air Force bases
in Colorado, and Edwards AFB, Calif. Basic Military Training. A
basic military training course for all new enlistees in the regular
Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard is conducted
at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Training starts on a Monday,
with graduation on Friday six weeks later, followed by travel to
technical training. In addition to processing and counseling, courses
emphasize discipline, professional courtesy, physical fitness, teamwork
and academic instruction in Air Force organization, history, human
relations and quality Air Force principles.
Technical Training. Technical training in more than 250 technical
specialties is provided to men and women in all branches of service
throughout their careers. Technical training courses, many accredited
through the Community College of the Air Force, provide job qualification
and advanced training to Air Force people in support of their primary
missions. Each year more than 129,000 students graduate from more
than 2,200 formal training courses.
Resident courses are conducted at Keesler AFB; Lackland, Sheppard,
and Goodfellow Air Force bases in Texas; and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Defense Language Institute English Language Center. International
military members and some civilians attend full-time English language
training at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center
at Lackland AFB. The center is a Department of Defense agency that
reports to AETC.
Inter-American Air Forces Academy. The Inter-American Air Forces
Academy provides Spanish-language technical and management training
to military forces and governmental agencies of Latin America and
the Caribbean. The school at Lackland AFB provides training in 70
different courses for both officer and enlisted personnel.
Nineteenth Air Force
The 19th Air Force, headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base, was
activated July 1, 1993, and exercises operational control over 12
active duty units and has operational oversight of two Air National
Guard units. AETC provides undergraduate and specialized pilot and
navigator training; initial fighter fundamental training, specific
initial skills training, upgrade and requalification aircraft training
for combat crews; and advanced training for helicopter pilots.
Flying Training. AETC conducts primary and advanced flight training
for pilots, navigators and enlisted crew members. Command training
programs produce mission-ready crew members. Pilot training begins
with the flight screening program conducted in the T-3 aircraft
by the 3rd Flying Training Squadron in Hondo, Texas, and the 557th
Flying Training Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Pilot training
continues with an undergraduate pilot training program and ends
with combat crew training in specific major weapons systems.
The current undergraduate pilot training program, or UPT, will
be completely replaced by specialized undergraduate pilot training,
or SUPT, by early 1997. SUPT may begin in either the Air Force's
T-37 or the Navy's T-34 if one is initially trained by the Navy.
SUPT advanced training may occur in one of four aircraft. Students
designated for a bomber or fighter aircraft receive advanced training
in the T-38. Airlift and tanker pilots train in the T-1A, and helicopter
pilots train in the UH-1 in a joint training environment at Fort
Rucker, Ala. Air Force C-130-bound students train in the T-44 with
the Navy at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Total SUPT
training includes between 193 flying hours for the airlift/tanker
track to 208 for the bomber/fighter track. UPT advanced training
is conducted in either the T-38, T-44 or UH-1. Air Force instructor
pilots are trained at Randolph AFB.
SUPT began in January 1993 at Reese AFB, Texas, and will be fully
implemented at all pilot training bases in 1997 when the final T-1
is delivered. SUPT began at Laughlin AFB, Texas, in 1994; and at
Vance AFB, Okla., in 1995. Columbus AFB, Miss., is scheduled to
begin SUPT in 1996. Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training is an international
effort conducted by the U.S. Air Force and its North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) allies.
This program at Sheppard AFB, Texas, trains pilots from NATO countries
as well as some U.S. Air Force pilots. Primary training is conducted
in the T-37 and advanced training in the T-38. ENJJPT instructor
pilots are also trained at Sheppard AFB.
Students electing to fly fighters are given an introductory course
in fighter fundamentals. This training is conducted at Randolph,
Columbus and Sheppard Air Force bases. After this training, students
bound for training in the F-15 aircraft are trained at Tyndall AFB,
Fla. At Tyndall, different courses are offered for pilots who have
never flown a fighter aircraft, experienced pilots converting to
or requalifying in the F-15, and pilots selected to become F-15
instructor pilots. Similar training is conducted at Luke AFB, Ariz.,
for F-16 pilots.
Airlift training for C-5, C-141 and KC-135 pilots and enlisted aircrew
members is conducted at Altus AFB, Okla. Special operations training
for pilots and enlisted aircrew members in the HC- and MC-130 aircraft,
and the MH-53J and MH-60G helicopter, is conducted at Kirtland AFB,
Certain operational support airlift aircraft (C-12, C-21) pilots
and instructors are trained at Keesler AFB. Navigator Training.
Specialized undergraduate navigator training is conducted jointly
at Randolph AFB and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., for Air Force,
Air Reserve component, Navy, Marine and foreign students for duty
in airlift, reconnaissance, air refueling, rescue, bomber, fighter
and electronic countermeasure aircraft. Current training involves
a 26-week core program at Randolph using Air Force T-37 and T-43
aircraft. Follow-on training occurs at both Randolph and NAS Pensacola
in one of three specialized tracks: bomber/fighter, electronic warfare
officer or navigator. Training in the bomber/fighter track occurs
at NAS Pensacola in Navy T-2 and T-39 aircraft, electronic warfare
officer training is a non-flying course at Corry Station, adjacent
to NAS Pensacola, and training in the navigator track occurs at
Randolph in the T-43 aircraft. Upcoming changes involve the shift
of core training to NAS Pensacola by fiscal year 1997 along with
the incorporation of Air Force T-1 aircraft into Pensacola training
Other Training. AETC also conducts the Air Force combat survival
course at Fairchild AFB, Wash., where more than 4,000 aircrew members
receive training annually. Specialized courses are provided at NAS
Pensacola for water survival; and Eielson AFB, Alaska, for arctic
survival. Training for enlisted combat controllers and pararescuemen
is conducted at Kirtland AFB.
Other Major Units
Air Force Recruiting Service. AETC is responsible for all personnel
accessions with the exception of the U.S. Air Force Academy, lawyers
and chaplains. Its mission is to recruit a high-quality volunteer
force reflective of a cross-section of America. It manages this
through the Air Force Recruiting Service, also headquartered at
Randolph AFB. Recruiting Service is divided into four recruiting
groups with 29 squadrons and about 3,000 highly motivated recruiters.
The recruiting mission is accomplished from more than 900 offices
worldwide. Air Force personnel requirements are given to Recruiting
Service in the form of program goals for non-prior service enlistees,
line officers (Officer Training School), health care professionals
(physicians, nurses, etc.), applicants for Air Force Reserve Officer
Training Corps scholarships, and others as required.
Wilford Hall Medical Center.
Wilford Hall Medical Center, located on Lackland AFB, is America's
largest military hospital and home of the 59th Medical Wing. The
691-bed medical center serves as Lackland's hospital, a specialized
treatment center for the southern United States, the lead agent
for the DOD Health Service Region 6 and a tertiary care center for
DOD patients evacuated from around the world. The commander of Wilford
Hall is also dual-hatted as the lead agent of the DOD TRICARE Region
VI. Wilford Hall admits almost 25,000 patients per year, sees more
than one million outpatients and serves 15,000 aeromedical evacuees.
Wilford Hall provides services unique to the Air Force and military
medicine. They include the Air Force's AIDS-HIV treatment and evaluation
center, the DOD centers for liver and adult bone marrow transplants
and the Air Force's only major emergency medicine center with a
residency training mission.
Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron. The Air Force Security
Assistance Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, is the executive agent
for all USAF-sponsored international training. It develops, integrates
and manages international training in support of U.S. national security
objectives. Nearly 5,000 students from 148 friendly and allied countries
are trained annually under USAF sponsorship.
AETC's predecessor, Air Training Command, was formed in 1943 and
trained more than 13 million people. ATC installations between 1943
and 1993 ranged from a peak of more than 600 installations during
World War II, to a low of 13 when it was redesignated July 1, 1993.
Command headquarters was located at Fort Worth, Texas, and Barksdale
AFB, La., during the mid- and late-1940s. It was relocated to Scott
AFB, Ill., in 1949, and moved to Randolph AFB in 1957.
Point of Contact
Air Education and Training Command
Public Affairs Office; 100 H
Street, Suite 3; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas 78150
487-3946 or (210) 652-3946