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Army AIT or Advanced Individualized Training

AIT is the school your soldier attends to learn his specific job in the Army. This job is also referred to as his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). His AIT can last a few weeks or for the better part of a year depending on what his job is. He also may have to go to a different base than where he was for BCT (basic training).

AIT includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on training. Of course, depending on his specialty, the intensity of the training varies. If his MOS is infantry, he will be undergoing a training schedule very similar to that in BCT. If however, he has chosen a human relations specialty or mechanical specialty, he could be spending more of his time in a classroom type setting.

MOS 11B (11 Bravo – Infantry)

Infantry soldiers go through OSUT (One Station Unit Training). This means that they are at Ft Benning for both BCT and AIT. There is no real distinction between the two and there is only one graduation ceremony at the end of all of the training. The AIT phase of OSUT is five weeks long and includes spending several days (and overnight) in the field. 11B is considered a combat MOS and is closed to women.

From the Army website:

The infantry is the main land combat force and backbone of the Army. It’s equally important in peacetime and in combat. The Infantryman’s role is to be ready to defend our country in peacetime and to capture, destroy and repel enemy ground forces during combat.

The following are some duties expected of Infantrymen:

  • Perform as a member of a fire team during drills and live combat
  • Perform hand-to-hand combat
  • Aid in the mobilization of vehicles, troops and weaponry
  • Assist in reconnaissance missions
  • Operate two-way radios and signal equipment
  • Process prisoners of war and captured documents
  • Learn to use, maintain and store various combat weaponry (rifles, machine guns, anti-tank mines, etc.)

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Amber B. June 29, 2010, 5:48 pm

    can you figure a way to live with them of them with you while they are in AIT?

    • Stacey June 29, 2010, 5:55 pm

      If your soldier’s AIT is longer than 20 weeks, you will likely be included on his orders (meaning you can move with him) as long as you are married. If it is shorter than that, you can also move at your own expense to the area where his AIT is being held. However, depending on his instructors and the way his training is structured, you may or may not be able to see him during that time. Also, because he isn’t living with you, the military clause may not apply to your lease. Check with JAG before you sign anything if you decide to do that.

      • Joi Ransome November 19, 2011, 3:52 am

        I really needed that answered also. But after he’s finished with AIT, will he be stationed at the same location. And if not am I allowed to stay where he was stationed during AIT??

  • Kate August 23, 2010, 10:14 pm

    My husband will be going to frt huachuca in Arizona for his AIT and they told me when I called that he had to be going for more than 25 weeks …. is that common or does it vary for diffrent basis? My husband will be there for 21 weeks and 4 days.

  • Kate August 23, 2010, 10:15 pm

    i meant for me to go with him haha, im sorry

    • Michelle November 29, 2011, 10:51 pm

      My husband is there right now and I was not allowed to go with him. He started class at the end of August and will graduate January 17th. He is allowed to come home for 10 days for Christmas.

  • Sherry November 6, 2010, 9:32 am

    My husband completes AIT the middle of
    December. He just informed me not only
    when he returns home for the Holiday’s,
    relocation to his first Duty Post w/ the exception
    of our personal effects will be an out of (our)
    pocket expense….Is this true?

    • Stacey November 9, 2010, 8:13 pm

      No, not if you are on his orders and authorized to move.

  • Michelle November 29, 2011, 10:54 pm

    My husband will finish his AIT at Ft Huachuca in January but 2 weeks later is starting another training to learn another system. He has been there since the end of August and his new training will be for about 3months. Does anyone know if the Army will let me come there this time??

  • Erin February 2, 2012, 2:34 pm

    My husband just finished BCT and was transferred to Ft Huachuca for AIT thru July. It was hard enough being away from him during BCT, but he’s finally in the state I reside in (3.5 hrs away). I’m happy about this, but I feel like he should have more privileges being a married man in his 30s. I find it hard to believe I can’t be able to be alone with him there & he knows nothing about his rights because he’s learning everything right now & just as confused as me. I just want to be able to visit my husband on weekends & be able to spend the night with him too or be able to take him home. I can’t live there because I have a full time job and things to take care of here in Phx. If anyone knows anything about how this works, please do share! : )

  • Hstar114 March 8, 2012, 12:42 pm

    I heard that Fort Leonard Wood is the new ait base for Geospacial Engineering. Do you think i will be allowed to live with him during this 20 weeks and 2 day period? whether it be on or off base.

  • Haley April 14, 2012, 3:00 pm

    If my husband chooses infantry will my daughter and I be able to move with him while he is in AIT or since BCT and OSUT are pretty much the same will we no be able to see him at all?

  • Nia April 18, 2012, 7:47 pm

    My husband is leaving for basic taining on April 22,2012 he will be going to Fort Benning, Georgia for basic and AIT for 5 months does anyone know if I can live with him or not? Please help me asap!

    • Erin Taylor April 23, 2012, 12:24 pm

      You will not be able to go basic w/ your husband at all. I didn’t know it until too late, but I found out I was to be able to move w/ my hubby for his AIT that is from Jan to July, but it would have been far too difficult since it’s only temporary to leave my job & a house full plus our 4 pets. They say they can help find a job out there but I’m in a specialized field that I doubt they could match. Sorry I don’t have an exact answer but some places for AIT you have to be in for so many weeks to get that. We didn’t know until the last minute. Good luck!!

  • Clary Venecia June 8, 2012, 8:51 pm

    well my husband is in ait, do we get to talk on a daily bases?

    • Erin June 20, 2012, 9:17 am

      Yes, you should. My husband & I talk every day & he has even obtained an internet service provider so we can skype & actually see each other.

  • valligee June 9, 2012, 6:07 am

    How do you deal with your husband lying to you while he’s in AIT?
    My husband use to lie to me about stupid things when we were dating and now he’s starting to lie to me while he’s at AIT, and this is the worst possible thing to do when we are separated. He always goes to the PX on the weekend with his friends and this past saturday he said he got in trouble for sleeping and they made him do details so thats why he didnt talk to me for hours. He also said he gave his debit card to his friend to go to the px for him and buy him stuff. Well guys always say some detail that tells on themselves. He did go to the PX with his friend and went to huddle house before he went. He said he left his phone in his room to use the hotspot to download a game while he was gone and he lied because he didnt want me to think he didnt want to talk to me. Then changed it to he was trying to get me something and didnt want me to know what he was trying to get me….even though he goes every weekend how does that give away what hes trying to get me? So thats another lie.
    Im so angry hes lying to me about something so stupid, it makes me wonder what else he’s lied about. And on top of that I had proof he lied and he still lied to me 3 times before admitting it after i hung up on him got mad and then he texted me the truth.

    • Erin June 20, 2012, 9:31 am

      I agree, lying is not good no matter what, especially while away. I would be very concerned as well if my husband was doing this. You guys should definitely get to the bottom of this & have a heart to heart, preferably in person. Good luck!!

    • Penny July 30, 2012, 5:05 pm

      Its really about self respect – yours. Do you deserve to be lied to? He is for sure taking advantage of you and he has zero respect for you – take it from a wise old lady who knows – dump him now and move on, life is too short to accept this kind of behavior, let alone reward it. He might eventually confess and tell you his boo hoo story but the second you say “thats okay baby” he will be right back at it. Even my present wonderful husband admits – Men are pigs, ( he is not)

  • Kaidani June 20, 2012, 5:53 am

    AIT, on post housing?? Ft.Huachuca, AZ
    Okay, so I’ve heard that married soilders attending AIT at Ft.Huachuca in Arizona can live on post, if their job training is longer than 20 weeks of course…is there any truth to this? Or has anyone ever heard of this for any other post? My DH is currently at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri & graduates in August, he then goes straight to Arizona with no time in between. DH recently wrote me & said that he wants me & DS to move to AZ ASAP , no questions asked. Of course I know the army won’t PCS us there & we’ll be paying out I’d pocket, but I would just like to know if there is a waiting list I should be trying to get on or If anyone has heard this to be true?

    Yours answers will be GREATLY appreciated! I want to get everything situated as soon as I can, procrastination is my worst enemy. If we could move on post there (if allowed) this would be great. Thanks everyone. Oh & DH will be in AIT for 28 weeks, his MOS is 35golf. Intelligence field

    • Erin Taylor June 27, 2012, 12:40 am

      Kaidani– My husband was also in Ft Leonard Wood for BCT and is finishing up AIT at Ft. Huachuca now. Technically there were orders for me to live there too, but since we have our home here and he’s not going to be staying there after his AIT, we opted for me to stay here. I work and I’m in a specialized field so I can’t just leave anyway. My husband just had this option declined and I go visit him there. This is all I know. I have been to Sierra Vista (the surrounding town) many times, it’s pretty small and there’s not much there so I’m glad I’ve stayed in the big city where I live. Good luck!

      • Kaidani June 27, 2012, 12:54 am

        Thanks! & yes I’ve heard about the surrounding area being small and I’ve researched just about everything I can think of. We are still considering me living up there b/c we’re renting apartment here on Ga but my lease is up in Sept, he leaves for AIT at Ft.Huachua in August so I think it’ll be easier on us both & also my son if we’re just closer, even if he only gets to see us a few hours a day. Ive been told numerous times that I should be on his orders so I’ve been calling the housing office, faxing in apartment applications & all.

  • Kaidani June 20, 2012, 5:57 am

    will i be in my husbands orders for ait if its longer than 20 weeks? Or is it 25 weeks?? Will they PCS me?

  • clary June 20, 2012, 5:34 pm

    Thank you Erin !

  • Melissa June 25, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Hi my name is Melissa!
    My husband will be leaving for Basic Training. In November. 19, 2012
    IN Fort Jackson South Carolina but I wanted to know is that after his Ait is done cause he will be in TX
    Will he stay there an be stationed there or will he be moved again?

  • clary June 27, 2012, 12:51 am

    When will I know where my husband will be station ? He is almost done with basic and goes to AIT for 6 weeks . Will they move us or do we have to move everything by ourself where we move too ??

  • Karina August 12, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Hey guys 🙂 My name is Karina and my soldier went to Basic on July 2, 2012. He graduates Basic on September 12. Then he goes on to AIT. I was wondering how often I will get to talk to him while he is there?

  • Amanda August 13, 2012, 12:14 pm

    My husband recently reclassed, and when he did was told it would be a PCS move for the family. We are currently at JBLM, and were planning on PCSing to FT Sam. Well, when my husband went to check on his levy briefing date, he was told he isn’t on orders to PCS. He called the assignment manager & was told it isn’t a PCS move. His school is over 8 months, and we keep getting conflicting answers. Can someone please tell me something, hopefully good news.

  • dave ockletree September 2, 2012, 11:35 am

    My son is in AIT, he says that they are taking out 500 dollars a month for DFAC, is this correct? He is at Ft. Leonard wood.

  • Courtney September 9, 2012, 9:26 pm

    My husband is a former marine and has enlisted in the army into the green beret program. He is supposed to leave in November for AIT at Fort Benning. We were told by hus recruiter that I couldn’t go but have read many different answers now. On his reservation papers it says he has three different trainings at Benning all totaling 26 weeks and 3 days. Does anyone know if I will be able to move with him? And if so… who should we talk to? His recruiter has given us misinformation a few times so far so I hate to just trust his answer.

  • Angie bryan November 7, 2012, 6:38 pm

    My son is in bootcamp now. When he goes to AIT for 10 months will i be able to go with him? Can he live off base?

  • jessica beckman November 30, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Anyone elses husband in mos 94h? His training is 36 weeks 1 day at ft lee va. Will I be able to move with him?

    • Stacey February 12, 2013, 7:44 pm

      You should be authorized to move with him for AIT of longer than 20 weeks.

    • hcconn February 1, 2015, 12:30 am

      Yes. After my husband finished basic and got his AIT orders, we were on his orders to AIT. It happens so rarely, however, thay he will likely have to be proactive like my husband. Travel/Finance/Housing will probably insist to you and him that families absolutely cannot come to AIT and he will likely have to go in and show him his orders and print out and show the the regulation. He will need the support of his Srg and he may have to insist on speaking to the person above whoever is at the desk in the office. He is SUPPOSED to be able to live with you on post but I saw mixed results on this depending on the command. The first half of my husbands AIT we only saw him weekends, the second half he came home every night.

  • Megan April 30, 2013, 11:43 pm

    My boyfriend and I are planning in getting married. He just graduated basic training and is in AIT. He will go to Kore after his leave after graduating AIT. If we were to get married in that time frame could I join him in Korea?

  • Cassandra July 9, 2013, 3:31 pm

    I’m trying to find an answer on the internet to a question and I can’t!! My husband just got to AIT at Ft Huachuca a few days ago. He found out today that him and some other soldiers are,as of right now,being held under for a month. He told me that they didn’t really give them much of an explanation as to why they are being held under. Does anyone on here have any idea why they would do this??
    His MOS is 35f so 16 weeks is more than long enough for being away from our family…now they’re adding on an additional 4 weeks to that! Needless to say I am very upset and sad,and I know I need to get used to this because I know it won’t be the last time the army disappoints us! I am still new to learning about army terminology so I don’t understand alot,and the internet has become my friend on finding out information! So if anyone can help me understand why he would be held under,I would appreciate it so much!

    • Shanna July 21, 2013, 10:42 pm

      Hey! Sorry to hear your hubby is having to wait too! They told my husband it could be 2-6 weeks before he even starts his training. This has got me so depressed because he was supposed to have finished a couple weeks before our baby was due. (It’s high risk so we usually induce a few weeks early to prevent stillbirth.) Looks like I will be having this (our third) baby alone. Welcome to the Army right?

      Hope both our husbands get started sooner rather than later!

  • Fernanda Flores August 14, 2013, 4:24 am

    Hello Ladies &, Gents!

    My Husband Is Currently In Basic Training Out In Fort Benning Georgia. He Graduates Basics Next Month Which Is September. He Has One Week Off Before He Goes To AIT For 5 Months. Will He Be Able To Come Home That Week? & Another Question Snce he’s there For 20 Weeks And Has me and Our Son On His Orders Will We Be Able To Move With Him While He Does His Schooling? I’m New To This Army Life &, I Have So Much Questions.

  • Sierra September 21, 2013, 2:47 pm

    My husband graduates AIT from Fort Benning, Georgia in December 2 weeks before Christmas. Will he be able to come home on leave for Christmas? If so how long can he come home? Also, how does the moving process work for me to his first duty station? We were married before he left for basic and AIT, so I know I’ll be on his orders

    • Stacey September 23, 2013, 8:08 pm

      The Christmas break only applies to training. Once he’s assigned to a unit, his leave time is up to them as far as when he can be approved to take it. They generally will get a few days around Christmas if they’re home and not getting ready for a deployment/extended training, etc. But there are no guarantees. He should be granted 10 days of PTDY for moving/house hunting.

  • Britney Singleton September 15, 2014, 9:44 pm

    My husband left for basic training June 9,2014 and he left reception June 20,2014. He then started basic training on that day. He graduates September 26,2014. He is supposed to be sending me and my mother money so we can drive down to fort benning ga to watch him graduate. I called to see why I haven’t heard from him in two weeks and they said he was in the field. Then he called my mom Saturday and told her that he got in trouble cuz I called. My mom told him that we needed money so we can drive down there. I still haven’t heard from him or anything and I’m not on his bank account so I can’t get the money myself. What should I do to make sure we get the money on time. We are leaving September 25,2014.

  • Jabriel Wilkins May 27, 2015, 12:34 am

    Hello I have a couple questions about AIT training, and I was wondering if You could shed some light on these things. My first question is if your soldier becomes a hold over and this lengthens their time of training from 10 weeks to 14 or 20 weeks how could one turn this negative to a positive so to speak? Or is the waiting game the only alternative here? Secondly if your soldiers phone gets taken away how long has this been known to last? Lastly when are the passes in which family can come visit distributed? Like my soldier should be in her fourth or fifth week but I guess as a hold over her time will increase there instead of decrease, so I guess ultimately what I’m asking here in this final question is as a hold over are you excluded from passes or just limited to which type of pass your eligible for. Thank You in advance for your help.

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 10:01 am

      Hi, all of your questions are unfortunately difficult to answer. It all depends on the command of the unit she’s with. There’s no set time they can take away for privileges, it’s at their discretion.

  • al March 7, 2016, 12:34 pm

    daughter graduation was Friday
    she says they have not received their orders
    but Saturday they did
    says even thought they have graduated now they are put back to a yellow pass and cant leave base
    is this true.
    she says for the next week they are on base.

  • Maggie March 17, 2016, 12:55 pm

    My boyfriend is about to go to Basic at Fort Sill on 4/4. He gets done with basic on 6/10. I can’t come to his Basic graduation because of school. So I am going to the AIT graduation. It says on his paper he’s done with AIT on 7/29 but it doesn’the say when the AITime graduation is. Where could I find his AIT graduation date so I can start planning?

    • Stacey Abler April 27, 2016, 9:00 pm

      You should be able to find it on the website of where he’ll be stationed for AIT. Typically, graduation ceremonies are in the morning but there are always exceptions to every “rule”.

  • Madeline June 14, 2016, 9:46 am

    My boyfriend just graduated from BCT at Fort Benning, GA and is now at Fort Bragg, NC for AIT. He immediately shipped to AIT the day after BCT graduation and I was able to talk to him all day except for when he was on the airplane, but then shortly after he got to Bragg I didn’t hear from him until very late at night saying he was getting his phone taken. Immediately all the memories from basic came back to me, like getting his phone taken and him sounding awful /: I just want to know what AIT is like and If he will get more priveleges than he did in basic. His MOS is 37F and his AIT lasts 10 weeks. I literally cannot find anything online other than the FAQ on the fort Bragg website which still doesn’t really answer my questions. Please advise!

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