Training

Trainees march in formation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The Air Force has restructured basic military training so that there is less travel time and fewer opportunities to practice drill.
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Health and safety precautions during the pandemic have led the Air Force to eliminate parts of basic training. But some military observers question whether the changes are leaving airmen unprepared for duty.

Airman 1st Class Jack Pepper (with goggles) attempts a maneuver on a simulator while Lt. Col. Paul Vicars looks on. Pepper is among the first participants in Pilot Training Next, which uses off-the-shelf virtual reality technology.
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Facing a shortage of pilots, the Air Force is experimenting with ways to make training programs faster and less expensive.