U.S. Air Force trainees at Joint Base San Antonio-Medina Annex fire their M4 carbines during a weapons familiarization course on June 8, 2019. (SARAYUTH PINTHONG/U.S. AIR FORCE)
U.S. Air Force trainees at Joint Base San Antonio-Medina Annex fire their M4 carbines during a weapons familiarization course on June 8, 2019. (SARAYUTH PINTHONG/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Air Force adopts M4 carbine, adds sparring to self-defense portion of basic training

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

Changes to Air Force basic training this summer include switching to the M4 carbine from the M16 and an increased emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting skills.

Training on the M4 is part of an emphasis on preparing new airmen for deployment into areas of potential combat, and the first recruits to qualify pulled triggers July 8 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Between 20,000 and 30,000 airmen graduate the 8 ½-week course annually, according to the Air Education and Training Command website.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.591801

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