Lackland AFB BMT Graduation Day – Overview

The Lackland Graduation is a 4-day event starting on Thursday and ending on a Sunday. Get day a day ahead, as things start very early on Thursday morning. Learn about lodging and booking early here.

Advise No. 1: Always let your airman know you are coming. Parents have missed their Airman due to lack of communication. Before we even start, have a look at this awesome video on nature and what to expect on graduation day. Trust me, it will be a great use of your next 7 minutes:

This is a great way to plan ahead with a fantastic advice from “Our Gray House” including specific dates:


Thursday: Airman’s Run, Orientation Briefings, Retreat, Honor Graduate Ceremony, and Base Liberty.

  • Orientation Briefings (7:00am, 9:00am): Anyone can attend either of the briefings at 7:00am or 9:00am at the Reception Center. Do NOT skip the briefing because you will miss out on other important info, including which Heritage flight your Airman will be in for the ceremonies, who made honor grad, what the special events are for that weekend and the map of where the Flights stand for the ceremonies. Also note that the briefings will not interfere with any ceremonies, as they are over in about 20 minutes. You’ll have plenty of time to find a spot for the next event! You only have to go to one of the briefings.
  • Airman’s Run (8:00 am): Cheer the Airmen as they run by singing ‘jodies’ in flight formation.
  • Spouse Briefing (9:45 am): The spouse briefing is held in the Chiefs Room inside of the Reception Center (front desk can direct you to this room). This is a great opportunity for spouses to receive specific information about the Air Force life from a spouse’s perspective. After the briefing concludes, spouses can opt to sit in a special seating area to review the Coin Ceremony.
  • Top Performer Ceremony (10:30am): The Commander of Basic Military Training invites honor graduates and their families to a special ceremony in their honor prior to the start of the Airman’s Coin Ceremony.
  • Airman’s Coin Ceremony followed immediately by Retreat:  in which we pay tribute to the flag. Meet with your Airman immediately afterward for the Tap-out. Airmen who are not tapped out will meet at the flagpole when they are dismissed.
  • Base Liberty – Immidiatly after ceremonies –  Most Airmen are released for Base Liberty immediately following the ceremonies. (Some Airmen may have limited visitation due to training requirements).
  • End of Liberty (8:00pm) – Airmen due back in their dormitory. Your Airman’s commander or military training instructor may impose an earlier return time.

Friday: Orientation Briefing, Parade, Open House and Town Pass

  • Orientation Briefing (7:15am): Pfingston Reception Center. You do not have to attend Friday’s Orientation Briefing if you have already attended an Orientation Briefing on Thursday. The same topics are discussed during Thursday’s and Friday’s Orientation Briefings.
  • Handicap Plus One Transportation to Parade Ground (7:15am-8:30am): Buses depart Pfingston Reception Center for easy access to the parade grounds for all Handicap guests plus one person to assist them. Picks up in cul de sac. Limited Parking is available to visitors at the parade grounds so plan on leaving early.
  • Graduation Parade (9:00am): Watch Airmen “Pass In Review” and reaffirm their “Oath of Enlistment” at graduation parade; Airmen are released for base liberty and may take photographs by historical aircraft positioned around the parade field.
  • Return Bus (Only for Handicap Visitor plus one to Assist) (9:45am): Buses depart the parade ground for the Pfingston Reception Center. All other visitors must drive or walk back.
  • Squadron Open House (10:15-11:15am): Visit your Airman’s dormitory; parking in squadrons is prohibited. 
  • Town Pass (Airmen are released immediately following conclusion of Squadron Open House.)
  • End of Liberty (8:00pm): Airmen are due back in their dormitory.

Saturday: Town Pass Day

  • Town Pass (9:00am): Airmen begin arriving at the Reception Center to start Town Pass. View ideas on what to do on Town Pass Day
  • End of Town Pass (8:00pm): Airmen are due back in their dormitory

Sunday: Religious Services and Base Liberty

  • Religious Services (6:30am-4:00pm): If you and your Airman plan to attend religious services, you must attend your Airman’s designated service for their denomination. You must meet your Airman at the Chapel at the designated time (schedule with them). You cannot meet them at the squadrons.
  • Base Liberty (9:00am): Airmen are released from their squadrons for base liberty with families. Those who are awarded to Top Physically Fit Airmen, members of Honor Flights, and Honor Graduates will receive a Special Town Pass for Sunday. All others will receive base liberty.
  • End of Liberty (6:00pm): Airmen are due back in their dorms. Your Airman’s commander or military training instructor may impose an earlier return time.


Also please note:

    • Purchasing, possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverage.
    • Purchasing, possessing or using any tobacco products.
    • Purchasing, possessing or using any over the counter medication/supplements not prescribed or cleared by a military medical doctor.
    • Purchasing, possessing or inhaling aerosol products. They are strictly prohibited and they are not allowed to purchase them while attending BMT.
    • Purchasing or possessing any obscene or pornographic material.
    • Taking any food items into the dormitory.
    • Operating any motor vehicle.
    • Going off base, except for approved town pass and officially approved duty.
    • Wearing civilian clothing. They must remain in uniform at all times to include town pass. Swimming at local hotels and theme parks is prohibited.
    • Visiting the Inns of Lackland, base lodging facilities or bases housing unless family members reside in these accommodations during graduation liberty/town pass. They must receive squadron leadership approval prior to visiting these locations.
    • Engaging in public displays of affection (PDA); i.e., kissing, holding hands, hugging, walking arm-in-arm (escorting), since it detracts from the professionalism and standards of conduct expected from military members while in uniform. While avoiding PDA is the expected custom of all military members, there are some brief exceptions. A “brief” display of affection, such as a hug or kiss at homecomings, deployments and graduations are acceptable with moderation and respect.
    • Until they depart BMT they will held accountable for all of the 25 “Trainee Rules of Conduct”. The ones not included are for the “training environment” activities. These are the most important rules to follow while on Town Pass or Base Liberty. Enjoy your time and keep the rules in mind when with your Airmen.
  • Airmen must remain in the San Antonio metropolitan area.  Other than Fiesta Texas and Randolph AFB (which are already approved), Airmen must coordinate exceptions to this limitation through their Training Squadron Leadership. Airmen are also prohibited from visiting the ‘off-limits’ establishments discussed during their Town Pass briefing. A listing of these establishments is also displayed on their dormitory bulletin board.