Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BMT: The Airman's Coin

This is it folks, the pièce de résistance at BMT, the Airman's Coin!  It doesn't matter if you enlisted as an E-3, E-2, or E-1, or if your address says "AB" in front of it and that's what your mommy's calling you on AF Wingmoms.  Until you hit Thursday afternoon in your 8WOT, you are a trainee.  Call yourself an Airman to an MTI - dare you!  You are a trainee up until this coin is in your hand.  At that point, you may officially and rightfully refer to yourself as an Airman.  Coin in hand, you've earned the title.  You'll understand when you hit that point.  Airmen are fiercely protective of that title - you have to pay your dues, like everyone else.  There is nothing more satisfying than hearing your MTI congratulate you after a long, hard eight and a half weeks, shaking your hand, and presenting you with your Airman's Coin.  You'll only get one of these coins in your career, so don't lose it.  Chase the dream, future trainees!  

This coin measures 1-9/16" in diameter.  The front (above) features a raised Hap Arnold logo, the Air Force Core Values, and the birth year of the AF.  The back (below) recognizes that you've just become an Airman and has the modern AF logo in the center.

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