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    Gearing Up for Air Force Basic Training(01:23)

    Airmen describe what to expect during Basic Military Training (BMT). According to the airmen, BMT is extremely demanding and individuals should be prepared mentally and physically for the challenges they will face.

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Speaker 1: What I would say to someone who's about to enter BMT is take it seriously.

Speaker 2: Know what you're joining for. That way, despite all the challenges and obstacles you face, you always have that ultimate goal in mind. So therefore, nothing can distract you.

Speaker 3: Be confident in your decision. It's really hard coming in. It's very difficult.

Speaker 4: Start your physical training as soon as possible.

Speaker 5: Get in good shape before you come.

Speaker 6: Running, doing push-ups, sit-ups.

Speaker 7: Get used to waking up early in the morning, and maybe even start a workout routine where you're getting up early.

Speaker 8: Here in BMT you do everything very quickly. You eat quickly, you sleep quickly, you make your bed quickly.

Speaker 9: Check yourself for your ego.

Speaker 10: Come mentally prepared.

Speaker 11: A lot of people forget about and lack the preparation mentally.

Speaker 10: You're going to be told what you did wrong every single time you do.

Speaker 12: The military training instructors do yell quite a bit.

Speaker 6: You just have to learn not to take things personally.

Speaker 9: You're coming to a place where you're starting at the beginning, and you have to learn to follow before you're given the privilege to lead.

Speaker 3: After a few weeks, it doesn't get any easier, but you get better.

Speaker 6: Don't ever give up.

Speaker 13: Stick it out, even though it may be tough.

Speaker 6: That's the most important thing. Just don't give up.

Speaker 3: You see the changes in yourself, and you will never be the same.

Speaker 1: This is something that could change you for the rest of your life, that will change you for the rest of your life.