I received a great question today from a reader who wanted me to explain military bearing. Military bearing is a phrase I drop around here quite frequently, but haven't ever described it in detail. Forgive me, readers, let me tell you more!
Military bearing in the operational Air Force boils down to professionalism and the way in which you conduct and compose yourself, especially while in uniform. A fantastic phrase used to describe military bearing stressed "decorum and discipline." As a member of the United States Air Force, you serve as a representative of our great branch of service. Whether you're on duty or off, people will judge you based upon your behavior. I'm not a total party pooper, but your reputation as an Airman is a precious thing, not to be tarnished. Be mindful of your actions, as you never know when you're being observed.
Military bearing will get hammered into you at BMT, where it takes a slightly different tone than the one presented above. When you read "military bearing," think "poker face."