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Graduation Activities and Guest Information

BMT graduations are scheduled every Thursday at 9 a.m. Central. Click on the buttons to download graduation details and COVID protocol information. As of July 29, 2021, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is under Health Protection Condition Bravo+. The COVID protocols outlined in the information on this site will be adhered to in order to maintain a culture of safety, and to mitigate risk to the force, risk to the mission and risk to the community. We continuously evaluate conditions and adjust COVID policy as conditions improve or degrade. Information will be updated if/when conditions change. Under HPCON Bravo+, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors while on the installation.

Questions and Answers for Visitors

Graduation Information

Guest Visitation Information 

USAF BMT Graduation Orientation and Events Briefing

Visitor Guide

Graduation FAQ

 Visitor Access:

Q: How do I get my visitor pass?

A: During one of the first phone calls home, trainees will get the necessary information to fill out visitor passes. Once processed, passes will be mailed to visitors around the 3rd week of training. You must have your visitor pass, and a proper form of ID, on you when entering the installation.

Q. If I have a DoD ID card, do I also need a pass?

A: DoD ID cardholders will no require an installation visitor pass. However, you MUST be on the visitor list to enter the ceremony. Your trainee will be asked to identify DoD cardholder guests to ensure they are placed on the list for the ceremony.

COVID Vaccines:

Q: If COVID vaccinations are required to enter the ceremony, where can I get one?

A: These are three ways to find the nearest COVID vaccination location for potential visitors to BMT graduations:

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s website also has excellent information about the vaccine, including frequently asked questions.  Our guests can access that information via this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

Number of Guests:

Q: How many guests can attend the ceremony?

A: Each trainee can invite two guests. Please note that infants and children are counted as one of the guests.

Q: Are additional guests allowed on the installation?

A: Visitor passes will only be processed for the two guests the trainee invites. Only two guests will be allowed attendance inside the ceremony.

Q: I have additional family who have DoD ID cards? Can they attend?

A: Only the two guests identified by the trainee will be on the list for access to the ceremony and the squadron Open House. The DoD ID cardholders are welcome on the installation but will not have access to the ceremony unless on the list. This is due to the limited occupancy guidelines.

Q: Do children have to be vaccinated as well to attend the ceremony?

A: Age requirements for proof of COVID vaccination follows current CDC and DoD age guidelines (12 and up). Parents/guardians will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination for children 12 and up. Please note that children must also be on the guest list to entre the ceremony and their names should be submitted as part of the visitor pass process.

On- or Off-Base Liberty:

Q: Can I take my trainee off-base after the graduation ceremony?

A: Trainees who earn off-base liberty and are fully vaccinated will be able to accompany their guests off base following the graduation ceremony. They must return and be signed back into their squadron by 6 p.m. the same day.

Q: Can graduates meet up with additional family members' off-installation after the ceremony?

A: Graduates are allowed two fully-vaccinated visitors for the ceremony. If the graduate has earned off-installation liberty, and is fully vaccinated, they may leave the installation with their guests. If they happen to meet up with additional guests off installation, we ask that individuals remain vigilant in helping us maintain the health of our training pipeline by following CDC guidance in regards to mask wear, hygiene and physical distancing. Please note that off-instillation liberty is earned by the graduate.