You’ll probably get recycled into Fit Flight. I could only do like, fifteen when I first went. I practiced doing them on my knees until I could do two regular ones, then I kept working at it. There’s no reason a person shouldn’t be able to do a few push-ups if you work at it a little bit.
I’ve been in for a year and five months; I went through in July of 2012. I’m just in the longest tech schools ever :( I was 323rd!
It’s kind of weird that this will be my first Thanksgiving without a Thanksgiving dinner. My grandmother died last week, and we always got together at her house and ate. Even last year when I was in Monterey, it was the night before I got married and we drove up to San Jose and had turkey with our good friends there.
This year, though, my friends and I are going to Roswell, NM. So, there’s that. ;)
You don’t have to cut your hair, but some people do so they don’t have to deal with buns. You’ll get a hair tutorial your first week by some older girls, usually. Our TI recommended this stuff called Got2B Glued. It was pretty much hair superglue and worked really well, but it breaks your hair. Sock buns and mesh buns are super-helpful. Some people made braid buns. In the morning, we maybe had five minutes. Almost all of us did our hair at night and slept on it. I completely abandoned washing my face for a few weeks because I just didn’t have time, LOL.
I’m actually not sure on the Marines. I know the Air Force has a tendency to disregard people’s actual language experience and stick them in something totally different.
Basic is hard to get through, not hard in itself. I wrote home pretty much every night (you’re not really “supposed to”, but meh) and you have designated times when you can send mail usually. We got a call every weekend because it was mandated, but some people said they only got two or three the whole time they were there. It’ll depend on your MTI. Mentally, it was just exhausting.
No makeup in basic (the only time I remember being allowed to wear it was for our headshot… not even for graduation, but that depends on TI), and makeup in tech school has to follow AFI 36-2903 (Dress and Appearance… there’s a copy here, might be a little old, though). Basically, no unnatural colors and nothing loud or red or hot pink. You won’t even have time to wash your face most days in basic, much less wear makeup. I looked like a man the whole time I was there. Hua!
I’d never even thought the word marriage before the Air Force. We’d been together a long time and after BMT and a month or so of tech school, we just threw it out there and decided it was the best thing. With my training being about two years long, there was no way I was going to be away from him that long when a piece of paper could mean I got to live with him for free. I already knew I wanted to be with him forever, though. Tech school rushes a lot of people into marriages they regret, but so far, I’m not one of ‘em.
I left in July and graduated in September of last year. I advise all future trainees to learn to make hospital corners and to work on their PT ;) Haha.
Not being able to talk to my boyfriend (now husband), staying awake, the heat and being around so many other people in such close proximity.
I’ve actually graduated from DLI at this point, but it was amazing. Horrible, and amazing. You’ll come out with so many terrible jokes about the place, but for me, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Good luck!