Sometime during the 7WOT, you'll sign a roster and cough up cash for your squadron t-shirt and possibly the squadron's challenge coin! It may seem like you're constantly getting hit up for money, but you'll be glad to hand this over - it means you're almost done! I think the total for both was under $15. They make it fairly reasonably priced, as everyone in your flight needs to be wearing a squadron t-shirt for the Airman's Run on Thursday of graduation weekend. Your shirt will be in the squadron's color with the training complex on the front breast and the full logo/motto on the back. Prior to traveling to Lackland, your family can do their research (on the BMT FB page)and figure out what color to expect you in so they can spot you during the run.
I was in the 324th Training Squadron, which is currently in transition to becoming the Medical Hold squadron, and is no longer housed in the Cunningham Training Complex. Your shirt and coin will differ, depending on your squadron. We had our laundry crew wash them as soon as we received them and you'll most likely wear them to bed with your PT shorts on Wednesday night, in preparation for the next morning. It's a great feeling, strutting around the squadron in your shirt, knowing that the next morning you'll see your family and friends.
|324 TRS, no longer at Cunningham. :(|
The squadron challenge coin is not a required purchase, but there is usually a "package deal" for buying both. Collecting challenge coins is popular in the military, and I knew I wanted to have one to remember where I was reborn as an Airman.