Military diets and eating in basic training is drastically different compared to eating after basic. Learn what it’s like to eat in basic training, tech school, and at your first duty station. Your military diet is what you make of it, but depending on your goals find out how easy or hard it’s going to be.
Eating In Basic Training
Air Force Basic Training Diet
The military diet in basic training isn’t as healthy as you’d think it’d be for a group of fit individuals. Nor does it accommodate for vegan or
For those of you who are fine with less of a military
Defac Eating Experience In Basic Training
Three times a day every basic training flight will march to the
After going through the line and getting your food there’s no avoiding walking past a table called the Snake Pit. Military instructors deliberately sit at this table at the front of the room to watch everyone and interrogate them. Many trainees look forward and walk past the snake pit as fast as possible, avoiding eye contact just hoping they don’t get stopped. The instructors ask a range of questions leaving nothing off the table. Anything from Air Force ranks, Airmen’s Manual questions, to off the wall things.
If you’ve made it past the snake pit without being questioned consider yourself lucky. Find an empty seat and quickly eat. Every meal eaten inside the
There is always that one person in every flight that’s caught bringing food back into the dorm bays. Don’t take food from the
During my time at basic an instructor found cracker crumbs in one trainees bed and things did not go well. Instead of making this person get on hims face and do push-ups, the instructor made the entire dorm bay do push-ups for this one persons mistake. Everyone suffered through none stop push-ups and flutter kicks while the trainee that brought food had to stand there and watch.
Side tip – during Air Force basic training zero
Eating An MRE – Meal Ready to Eat
Half of the meals eaten during
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Eating After Basic Training
Military Diet In Tech School
Tech school is when you’ll start to get some of your freedoms back after going through basic training. Arriving at tech school you’ll learn that there isn’t a time limit on how fast you need to eat, take your time and get the proper nutrition you need. Walk around the tech school
When you get tired of all the
How To Receive Food Allowance
Most young airmen arrive at their first duty station and don’t receive any food stipends. They’ll live in the airman’s dorm and eat at the
You’ll receive BAS if you’re married, you can be living in base housing or off base, either
Side tip, there is a community kitchen in the airman’s dorms so you can still keep up with your military diet.
I actually moved out of the airman’s dorms and received BAS early when I was only an airman first class (A1C). I was able to do that within my first year of joining the air force, cause I was older then most other A1C airmen, I was 23. My First Sargent didn’t see the need for me to be in the dorms, plus I was deploying. So he signed the paperwork needed and I was out the dorms and receiving BAS.
If you end up joining at an older age
To Wrap It Up
Your military diet is what you make of it, depending on your goals it’s as easy or hard as you make it. However, basic training will be limited on food choices, but the further you get in your military career the easier it gets. Tech school is the beginning of having normalcy and allowing you to cook better food for your diet. Also getting BAS should be a goal of yours in the near future to ease the cost of your diet. What foods would you buy with your BAS?
Air Force Veteran
Corey is an Air Force veteran and the lead writer at Basic to Blues. He refueled fighter jets as a young airman and deployed twice to the Middle East. Now Corey can be found hiking in the Pacific Northwest.
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