SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. —
Air Force Basic Military Training personnel observed Scott Air Force Base’s Warrior Airman Readiness Course, in search of new tactics to implement into their training, May 22-26, 2023.
BMT personnel visited with the goal of Trainees entering the operational Air Force more prepared for the next fight.
“We heard about the WAR Course through our wing commander and had to come check it out,” said Lucinda Lipsett, 737th Training Group Basic Military Training TDE Chief. “We’re hoping to find and incorporate the Multi-Capable Airman and Agile Combat Employment concepts into our trainings.”
The WAR Course at Scott AFB is a week-long training exercise for enlisted members across the base meant to provide Airmen with hands-on training and life-saving knowledge to enhance combat readiness.
In the one year since the course was implemented, hundreds of Airmen have been trained to be combat lifesavers and defenders despite their normal job assignments.
“The WAR Course takes a lot of the Ready Airmen Training requirements and implements them into a scenario where you can build upon those skills so that they become second nature,” said Master Sgt. Nicholas Prosser, WAR Course superintendent. “The course really helps to build a warrior mindset and tie all of their skills together.”
Air Force Basic Military Training, centralized at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, has recently evolved their curriculum from BEAST Week to Primary Agile Combat Employment Range, Forward Operations Readiness Generation Exercise, or PACER FORGE. This course is an advanced curriculum that is helping the Air Force move away from just-in-time deployment training styles and towards a new generation of Airmen trained and prepared for any conflict that arises. Lipsett and her team observed the WAR Course on the lookout for lessons to take back to basic training to make that vision a reality.
“We really liked the basic comm lesson about the radios that was taught, and we don’t give the Trainees that kind of guidance out at PACER FORGE” said Lipsett. “I think It would be super beneficial and we will definitely be taking it back with us.”