The U.S. The U.S. Air Force has discontinued its “BEAST Week” training exercise and will instead use a shorter version of simulated deployment, which will last just a day-and-a-half.
Col. Jeff Pixley, Commander of the 737th Training Group, stated Wednesday that if we do it correctly, it would be the highlight of their BMT experience despite being only 36 hours long. “Early feedback indicates that we are on the right track.”
BEAST Week, also known as Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training (BEAST), was an integral part of the initial entry training for 16 years. This training consisted of a four-day deployment war exercise in which Air Force trainees were deployed to a field environment and placed in cots. They also received weapons training, were taught basic security principles, and participated in simulated engagements against enemy forces.
Pixley, however, took over command of Air Force Basic Military Training 2021 and argued that it was not up-to-date for modern Air Force needs.
The new 36-hour training will be called “PACER FOREGE,” which stands to replace it. It stands for Primary Agile Combat Employment Range and Forward Operations Readiness Generation Exercise. The former BEAST site at Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland will remain open for trainees. They will be “put to the test with scenarios designed to promote flexibility, promote information-seeking, and are results-focused.”
Pixley stated that “The move towards PACER FORGE was not just a renaming of BEAST or rebranding of BEAST.” “This was a long-term effort to reimagine BEAST.
Although details of the new training are not yet available, the release stated that PACER FORGE will feature smaller teams that will be “tailored to mission generation, command, control and base operating support functions to help fulfill the vision of 2030 Enlisted Force Airman.”
Space Force will also be attending basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland.
Pixley stated that trainees should consider it so valuable and formative that it doesn’t be lost on those who follow. “This isn’t the end of an era, but a symbolic shift to develop capable and ready Guardians and Airmen… anywhere, anytime.”