New D-M Airmen going to class - Tucson News Now

New D-M Airmen going to class

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The new airmen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base have finished basic training and tech school, but there is still a number of things they will learn on base.  Some of those lessons will come from the First Term Airmen Class.

It is a class that each airmen takes before they begin work at their assigned base. It used to be ten days long, now it's just five.  Each day the airmen are given lots of information.

This week's class has 20 airmen. So far this year, D-M has had over 500 airmen take the class.

Today's session was all about money. Several teachers came in to talk to the group and give them information - from understanding their pay stubs to learning how to budget money, with another portion on buying cars. 

Many of these airmen are beginning their career, the oldest attendee was 28 and the youngest 18. Groups like the Better Business Bureau have teamed up with the Air Force to teach these classes.

"It has historically been a big problem, a lot of unscrupulous car dealerships will move near bases and saddle new recruits with really raw deals, we have seen 25 & 30 percent interest rates," said Nick LaFleur from the BBB.

The BBB is hoping to give advice to the young airmen before they get themselves into trouble.

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