Air Education and Training Command

Air Education and Training Command

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=Air Education and Training Command

caption=Air Education and Training Command emblem
dates= 1 July 1993 - Current
country= United States
branch= United States Air Force
type= Major Command
garrison= Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
nickname= AETC

Air Education and Training Command (AETC) was established July 1, 1993, with the realignment of Air Training Command and Air University. It is one of ten major commands (MAJCOMs), reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force (HQ USAF).

AETC is headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base Texas. Its commander is General Stephen R. Lorenz, with, [ Major General Anthony F. Przybyslawski] as Vice-commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Robert Tappana is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air Education and Training Command.

More than 48,000 active-duty members and 14,000 civilian personnel make up AETC. The command has responsibility for approximately 1,600 aircraft.


AETC's mission is to "develop America's Airmen today... for tomorrow." The command recruits, trains, and educates Airmen for the United States Air Force.


AETC's mission begins with the Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS), with headquarters at Randolph AFB, Texas. AFRS comprises four regional groups and 27 squadrons with more than 1,400 recruiters assigned throughout the United States, England, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico and Guam. Recruiters in more than 1,000 offices worldwide recruit the young men and women needed to meet the demands of the U.S. Air Force.

Basic Military and Technical Training

Second Air Force, with headquarters at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, is responsible for conducting basic military and technical training for Air Force enlisted members and support officers. The first stop for all Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command enlisted people is basic military training at Lackland AFB, Texas. More than 36,000 new airmen will complete this recently lengthened eight-and-a-half-week program each year.

After completing BMT, airmen begin technical training in their career field specialties, primarily at five installations: Goodfellow AFB, Lackland AFB, and Sheppard AFB in Texas; Keesler AFB, Miss.; and Vandenberg AFB, Calif. and there are also cross-service schools such as Defense Language Institute, Calif and the Army Chemical School located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Each base is responsible for a specific portion of formal technical training airmen require to accomplish the Air Force mission. Instructors conduct technical training in specialties such as aircraft maintenance, electronic principles, air transportation, civil engineering, medical services, computer systems, security forces, air traffic control, personnel, intelligence, fire fighting, weather forecasting and space and missile operations.

Commissioned officers attend technical training courses for similar career fields at the same locations.

Second Air Force also conducts specialized training for military working dogs and dog handlers at Lackland AFB, Texas, for the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, the Inter-American Air Forces Academy at Lackland AFB, Texas, hosts more than 160 courses in aviation specialties, taught in Spanish, to students from 19 Western hemisphere countries.

Training in core values

In 1995, the Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall and the Air Force Chief of Staff General Ronald R. Fogleman approved the following core values for the United States Air Force: [USAF Academy, (2006). " [ United States Air Force Core Values] ." Retrieved September 5, 2006.]
*"Integrity First."
*"Service Before Self."
*"Excellence In All We Do."

The Air Education and Training Command along with the USAF Academy are responsible for teaching these principles throughout the Air Force.

Flying Training

Nineteenth Air Force, with headquarters at Randolph AFB, Texas, conducts AETC's flying training.

Air Force pilot candidates begin with Initial Flight Screening (IFS). In IFS, civilian instructors provide up to 25 hours of flight instruction to pilot candidates.

Pilot candidates then attend either Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training (ENJJPT) or joint specialized undergraduate pilot training (JSUPT).

ENJJPT is located at Sheppard AFB, Texas. The entire course lasts about 54 weeks. Students learn with, and are taught by, officers of the U.S. Air Force and various European airforces. Student pilots first fly the T-37 mastering contact, instrument, low-level and formation flying. Next, they train on the supersonic T-38 Talon and continue building the skills necessary to become a fighter pilot.

JSUPT students accomplish primary training in the T-6 Texan II at one of three Air Force bases -- Columbus AFB, Miss., Laughlin AFB, Texas, or Vance AFB, Okla; or in the T-34C Turbomentor at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. Joint training is conducted at Vance AFB, Okla., and NAS Whiting Field for students from the Air Force and Navy.

During the primary phase of JSUPT, students learn basic flight skills common to all military pilots.

As of 2006, most JSUPT students use the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System during the primary training phase. The aircraft portion of JPATS is the T-6 Texan II, which is being phased in as the primary trainer replacing the Air Force's T-37 and the Navy's T-34C.

After the primary phase of JSUPT, student pilots elect one of several advanced training tracks based on their class standing.

Prospective airlift and tanker pilots are assigned to the airlift/tanker track, and train in the T-1A Jayhawk at Columbus AFB, Miss., Laughlin AFB, Texas, or Vance AFB, Okla. Student pilots headed for bomber or fighter assignments are assigned to the bomber/fighter track, and train in the T-38 Talon at Columbus, Laughlin or Vance. Students assigned to the multi-engine turboprop track fly the T-44 turboprop trainers or TC-12B trainers at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and will eventually fly the C-130 Hercules. A small number may also be selected to fly a C-12 at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

Those students selected to fly helicopters are assigned to the helicopter track and fly the UH-1 Huey at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Nineteenth Air Force also provides follow-on training for most Air Force pilots in their assigned aircraft. Pilots assigned to fighter aircraft complete the introduction to fighter fundamentals course at Randolph AFB or Sheppard AFB, Texas, flying the AT-38B, and then move on to train in either the F-15 Eagle at Tyndall AFB, Fla., or the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke AFB, Ariz. Altus AFB, Okla., hosts training for pilots assigned to C-5 Galaxy, C-141 Starlifter, KC-135 Stratotanker or C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Aircrews assigned to fly the C-130 train at Little Rock AFB, Ark., and pilots assigned to fly MC-130 Combat Talon, HC-130 aircraft, UH-1N, MH-53 Pave Low or HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters receive their training at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Keesler AFB, Miss., provides training for pilots assigned to the C-21, and the Army at Fort Rucker, Ala., provides training in the C-12 Super King Air.


Weapons Systems Officer students at NAS Pensacola, Fla., complete primary and intermediate training in the T-6A and T-1 aircraft, advanced training in the T-39 Sabreliner and then enter one of two tracks in the next phase. Students in the strike track will serve in the B-1B Lancer after attending the Electronic Warfare Officers course at Randolph AFB. Students in the fighter track will receive follow-on assignments in the F-15E Strike Eagle or EA-6B Prowler and attend special training in the Intro to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) course.

AETC also provides enlisted aircrew training for a wide variety of aircrew specialties including flight engineers, air-to-air refueling boom operators, loadmasters, aerial gunners, airborne communications specialists and Air Battle Managers. Flight engineers and boom operators train at Altus AFB, Okla., loadmasters train at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, helicopter flight engineers and aerial gunners train at Kirtland AFB, N.M., airborne communications specialists train at Keesler AFB, Miss., and Air Battle Managers complete Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training (UABMT) at Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Air University

Air University, headquartered at Maxwell AFB, Ala., conducts professional military education (PME), graduate education and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted members and civilians throughout their careers. Air University also has responsibility for Air Force officer accession and training, including the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and Officer Training School.

Air University's professional military education schools prepare students from the Air Force, its sister services and U.S.-allied nations as they progress through their careers. Emphasis in these programs includes leadership, military doctrine and aerospace power.

Air University also oversees the Air Force's citizenship programs. The Civil Air Patrol is a private, non-profit organization providing aerospace education, a cadet program, and emergency services. The Air Force Junior ROTC program is for high school students at more than 600 locations worldwide.

Other academic support services at Air University include Academic Instructor School, the Air Force Institute for Advanced Distributed Learning, Air Force Public Affairs Center of Excellence, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, formerly known as Air University Library and the International Officer School.

Medical Services

The Air Force's two largest medical facilities belong to AETC. Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas, and Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Miss., while Sheppard AFB, Texas provide most of the Air Force's graduate medical and dental education, as well as other enlisted medical training.


AETC's predecessor, Air Training Command, was formed in 1942 and trained more than 13 million people. ATC installations between 1942 and 1993 ranged from a peak of more than 600 installations during World War II, to a low of 13 when it was redesignated July 1, 1993. Command headquarters was located in Fort Worth, Texas, and Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, during the mid- and late-1940s. It was relocated to Scott AFB, Illinois, in 1949, and moved to Randolph AFB in 1957.


Established as Air Corps Flying Training Command on January 23, 1942. Redesignated Army Air Forces Flying Training Command about March 15, 1942; Army Air Forces Training Command on July 31, 1943; Air Training Command on July 1, 1946; Air Education and Training Command on July 1, 1993.


Much of this text in an early version of this article was taken from pages on the [ Air Education and Training Command] , website, which as a work of the U.S. Government is presumed to be a public domain resource.

External links

* [ Air Force Fact Sheet]
* [ History of Air Education and Training Command 1942-2002]


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