Dear Future Airman or Space Professional,

First, thank you for your desire to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force and Space Force. During my many years of service, I have never been more proud than I am right now because I have the honor of leading Air Force Recruiting Service. Our Recruiting team is working hard every day to bring amazing young people like you into our ranks. You are our future and you are an inspiration to so many Americans, in and out of uniform.

As you are well aware, we are living in unique and challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much of our daily lives. It has also forced us to make fundamental changes to how we recruit and train new Airmen and Space Professionals. You may be facing significant challenges as your plans for joining our team and leaving for Basic Military Training (BMT) have been disrupted. I recognize that financial uncertainty as well as unknown timing for shipping to BMT may cause a tremendous burden, but I want you to know that we are working every day to bring you into our Air Force and Space Force as soon as possible. COVID-19 has driven a requirement to increase physical distancing in dorms, classrooms, and training facilities at BMT. This has significantly reduced the number of recruits that can ship to BMT each week. These measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of both trainees and training personnel, because our people are our most valuable resource. We realize your ship date may have already been rescheduled, or could be rescheduled in the future, and we understand how frustrating this can be. Your specific timing will depend on how long you have been waiting, and what specific career fields the Air Force and Space Force need each week. While I do not know when you will ship to BMT, I can promise you that we will send you as soon as possible.

While you wait, please take care of yourself. I challenge you to stay motivated, improve your physical fitness, and mentally prepare for BMT. While you may receive short notice for your BMT ship date, the Air Force and Space Force need you to be ready to go. Please remember that each and every one of you is vital to the future of our force. Stay strong as we work through this challenge together.

The men and women of the Air Force and Space Force cannot wait to have you become part of our team! Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to ensure you can join our ranks in the near future. Thank you for your decision to serve in the military. You have chosen a noble profession–to defend our great nation and protect our precious freedoms. You are the future of our Air Force and Space Force!


Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service