One of the most difficult parts about living overseas for many is being away from family and loved ones. This is especially true for our single Airmen who live in the dorms. The question is often brought up about why we have certain visitor hours in the dorms, and how can someone move from the dating phase to engagement and possibly marriage abiding by these restrictions.
The very simple answer to why we have visitor hours is because the Air Force mandates it in AFI 32-6005.
2.20. Social Visits. The Commander establishes local policy regarding social visits. At minimum, guests must be at least 18 years old, be escorted at all times and are prohibited between hours 2400 - 0600 hours. Cohabitation is not authorized.
Every Wingman Day, and other occasions throughout the year, we discuss the 4 pillars that help us become resilient Airmen. One of those is the social pillar which includes building those personal relationships that help us manage the stress we sometimes feel being separated from family. I encourage everyone to get out of the dorms and find people with similar interests. This provides a shoulder to lean on, a wingman to talk to, and someone to share in those wonderful moments and experiences that this mission, this country and this region have to offer.
The bottom line is yes, we have policy that restricts visitors from being in the dorms from midnight to 0600, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from pursuing relationships, making friends, or strengthening that social pillar of resiliency. There are plenty of examples here on Yokota of dorm residents building and strengthening successful relationships with non-dorm residents, while adhering to the visitor hour policy. I would also encourage everyone to look out for that Airman who spends too much time alone or appears isolated. Being this far away from family and friends is tough, but it is also an opportunity that not many people get in a lifetime. So seize the opportunity, find something great to experience, and take a buddy with you!
Col Kenneth Moss,
Commander, 374 Airlift Wing