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Ask An Army Spouse: All About AIT or Advanced Individualized Training

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Below are questions I’ve received from visitors to the site about AIT (advanced individualized training). They range from visitation to the first PCS move after AIT graduation. If you have a question of your own, message me on Facebook or comment below.

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Visitation and Communication During AIT

My boyfriend lost his phone at AIT, so how will they go about letting him get another one? Will someone be able to send him a new one? Is it possible for me to visit him at while he’s in AIT in Fort Lee? I haven’t seen him in so long and its getting difficult for me to handle. I will do anything I can to at least be able to visit him. Thanks in advance.

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You could probably send him a new one if he’s allowed to have it. As for visiting, it depends on his command and their procedures for visitation. Some allow it, some don’t. Regardless, you (or his family members) will receive a letter about graduation and any family day times. You can definitely see him during those times.

He should also have pay phones available to use or he could always ask to use a battle buddy’s phone if they are allowed to have their personal cell phones while there.

Driving Him to AIT from Basic Training

Hi! My fiance is currently at BCT in FT Jackson, SC. His AIT is at FT Eustis, VA. I was wondering if anyone knew if I’d be able to drive him to his AIT location? I’ve heard different things. Some say no. Some say maybe. Some say only parents or spouses are the only authorized ones to transport them there. I’m just trying to figure out how all this works! Any help will be appreciated!! Thanks!

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He will have to have permission in order for someone else to transport him to his AIT location. Typically, permission is granted to a spouse or parent though stranger things have happened. All he can do is ask and then go with that answer. Good luck!

Moving After AIT Graduation

My husband has just start AIT training at Fort Sam Houston and is scheduled to finish on 10 Aug 2010. I wanted to know how long after his graduation from AIT will we be able to move with him to his first duty station.

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As long as he has orders cut when he graduates, you can move with him right away. The only exception would be if he is assigned to an overseas duty location. In that case, it takes a little longer to process the paperwork. Most of the time, the family has to follow in a few weeks though I have known a few cases where it worked out for them all to travel together.

After my husband completed his training, I went with him to his duty station. It worked out perfectly with transportation so we could get everything moved without me having to wait around for that to occur. Hope it happens as quickly for you.

Sending Packages to AIT

Hello, my boyfriend left for Fort sill, Oklahoma November 9th and I’ve been able to talk to him and I’ve been getting letters. I got a letter from him yesterday and he told me he was allowed to have a small bottle of mouth wash, a tongue cleaner, dental floss picks and halls drops and foot insoles.

I will be sending it out tomorrow in a package, but I was wondering if I can send him candy in it also? If I have to send it for the whole platoon then that’s fine, but would he be able to eat it? What else can he get? Ive looked it up and I get different answers. He comes home the 18th of this month for Christmas and I was going to wait but he would be excited if I sent it. Please help?

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All training is different and every drill sergeant is different as far as what is allowed and what isn’t. What may be allowed during one soldier’s basic training or AIT won’t be allowed in the next or vice versa. To be on the safe side, I would only send exactly what he asked for to avoid him getting into trouble. The candy isn’t worth all of the pushups he may have to do once his DS sees it.

Holiday Breaks During AIT

My wife is currently in AIT in Gordon, GA and been there for almost 4 weeks since 10-18-10. She has to complete a 37 week program. I would love to know if she will get free time to come back home on Thanksgiving and Christmas or if I can go and spend time with her during these special days. Opinions and advice are really welcome and will be appreciated.

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It’s unlikely she will be given a break for Thanksgiving. They may have the day off but they will likely have to stay very close to post or on post (my guess). For Christmas, since she is in training, she should get exodus which is a 2 week break. It generally starts one week before Christmas and lasts until one week after Christmas.

Because her AIT is 37 weeks, it is very likely they will be more lenient with visitation, etc. so you should be able to see her more often than the typical soldier in AIT.

When Do You Get Orders After AIT?

When do soldiers usually get their orders for their first duty station? my husbands CO (he spoke to me before AIT started, when i was down there for BCT graduation) told me that they should know about 2 weeks before graduation. But is that typical?

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If you ask 20 people, you will probably get 20 different answers. I know some who knew as soon as they started AIT, some who found out just before they graduated and others who had to wait on orders after graduation. It is difficult to predict when his orders may arrive. Unfortunately, this is one of those “hurry up and wait” things that the Army is infamous for.

Leave After AIT

Okay, my husband is in OSUT in Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri. Will he get to come home for 2 weeks before he has to report in to his duty station? Recruiters are telling me he comes home, but other Army officials are telling my husband that he does not come home, he reports in to his duty station first and gets permissive leave for 10 days…which one is it?

I know every one in regular basic training comes home for 2 weeks after their basic, but since his basic is combined with his AIT will he not get that leave, because he goes straight into AIT from basic with no leave in between and then go to his duty station??  Help.

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Soldiers do not get two weeks directly after basic or AIT unless it is for hometown recruiting. In that case, they will return home before reporting to their duty station (or additional training).

Typically, the soldier has to inprocess at his new unit before he is given 10 days to move his family. This can vary but that is the most likely scenario. Depending on what the unit is doing at the time (such as if they are preparing for deployment), this time off may be delayed. However, most soldiers are given the time after they inprocess.

Good luck!

Length of AIT and Visitation

I’m joining the army will my husband be able to come see me during my MOS training? How long is MOS training?

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The length of AIT for your MOS training depends entirely on the MOS that you choose. The shortest AIT is five weeks where the longest is close to a year. The shorter the AIT is, the less freedom you will have during the training. If the AIT is longer, it is more likely that you will be able to have more communication with him as well as visits.

For AIT schools that are longer than 20 weeks, it is possible for the family to move with you to the training location. Depending on the instructors, you may be able to live with your family in that situation after a certain time period (usually after the 11th week of training). But it can vary widely from one school to the next.

The recruiter should be able to give you information about how long the AIT school is for your MOS training. After you know your MOS, you can likely find information online (including here!) about the training schedule and how often you may be able to see him.

First PCS Move After AIT

My husband is in his 8th week of AIT. His orders say AIT will last 25 weeks however he is fairly certain he will finish around 20 weeks. As I’m sure you must know we have no idea where we will be after AIT. My husband is doing AIT in GA and because we have kids I have chosen to stay at our home in CA until he is done with his training.

My question is: What kind of planning can I do? At what point into AIT will he know where he is being sent? I’ve heard it is usually around a week prior to completing his training. When he does get his orders and what steps as his wife do I need to take to prepare for the move with the movers, on post housing,expenses etc? Any info you might be able to pass along to me would be greatly appreciated! Is there an info #?
Thank you, New to the Army and feeling confused….

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It is difficult to tell when he may get his orders for his permanent duty station after AIT. His AKO account may already show where he will be, though you should not trust that until you have paper orders in hand. It is typical to find out just before graduation.

Once he has paper orders, you can contact the transportation office at the post where he will be assigned. They can put you in touch with the closest office to your home to arrange your move. The Army will send movers to your home to pack everything, load it and move it to the new location. It is actually a fairly simple process. It is much easier, in my opinion, than dealing with a do it yourself move.

You can choose to live off post and receive a housing allowance or to live on post and forfeit the housing allowance. On post housing may have a waiting list. Generally, you will not be able to add your name to the waiting list until he has paper orders. In some cases, they won’t allow you to add your name until he has inprocessed with his new unit.

If there is a short wait, you can live in temporary lodging on post until something opens up. If the wait is longer, you may have to live off post until something becomes available. Be sure to read your lease carefully if you go this route as the military clause does not cover breaking your lease when on post housing becomes available.

Good luck!

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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  • layla January 10, 2014, 8:29 pm

    My DH is 25b, after he finish he AIT if his duty station is oversea and unaccompanied where me and my baby going to live?

    • Stacey Abler January 11, 2014, 9:15 am

      You will be able to live wherever you choose. He will receive BAH based on the zip code where you live in the U.S. while he is on an unaccompanied tour.

  • Shawna Vasquez March 7, 2014, 8:41 pm

    My son is scheduled to graduate from his schooling 4/18/14. He says that I need to be there but a friend of mine (Navy wife) says that there really isnt much of a ceremony and that I really shouldnt fly all the way from California to Virginia for this. My son wants me there. Do you know more about these graduations and can give me insight before I send a ton of money on flights ?

    • Stacey Abler March 8, 2014, 6:02 pm

      I asked about this on the Facebook page today (http://www.facebook.com/marriedtothearmy) You’ll see a variety of responses but I think most are saying if you have the means to go, then go. Especially since he wants you to be there. The ceremony likely will be short but it’s a huge accomplishment for him.

  • Kelsey May 9, 2014, 6:13 pm

    Hi I am new to the whole military lifestyle in a relationship atmosphere. My dad’s in the Navy and others in my family have served before.

    My boyfriend and I are graduating from HS this June and he will head off to AIT shortly after, he did BCT the previous summer. He is my best friend and means the world to me, no one around me understands/can relate to how we feel about each other and our relationship.

    I want to get him something to take with him that maybe would be useful to him at AIT, but I’m not sure what exactly to get him. And his recruiter hasn’t given any info out about visitation, phone use, etc. during training. He will be there for 5months.

    If you have any ideas for a gift or advice about getting through the next 5 months I’d really appreciate it. None of my friends really get where I’m coming from so it makes it difficult to get through the lonely nights. BCT this past summer was difficult in itself last summer, I can only imagine what it’ll be like this go around.

    Thanks so much.

    P.S. I don’t have a Facebook so if you answer on there I won’t be able to see it.

    • Katelynn November 20, 2014, 11:54 am

      Hi, my boyfriend is currently in infantry training. After basic I got him an engraved pocket watch and compass and he loved it! I also just bought him a laptop in case he wants to join school and of course so we can Skype. He’s going to Colorado so I also got him something to keep him warm. I hope this helps….

      • Tiana McCallister January 14, 2016, 9:39 pm

        My husband doing the same job and I feel so lost without him he will be gone for a while and this is going to be hard hopefully it flys by me and his daughters miss him

  • Amanda May 15, 2014, 6:28 pm

    So my fiance is currently in AIT and will be done the first week of June. We are getting married the day before his graduation (on his 7 hour pass). He is getting stationed to Ft. Lewis, Washington. How long will I have to wait until I can go out there? I know housing is unpredictable, but I was curious since we weren’t married before he got his orders if that means I will have to wait longer.

    • Mandy June 5, 2014, 10:09 am

      Hey Amanda,

      I am spouse of soldier in AIT training and wanted to get some info on if soldiers get on-post/off-post passes and when. Thanks.

  • Heather July 5, 2014, 8:26 pm

    My husband is currently in BCT and will graduate Aug 1. He will be going to AIT for 35 weeks at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. We are hearing mixed things about whether or not his AIT is long enough for me to either live off base and him stay with me, or me PCS’d out to Arizona. Any information about experiences from others with this issue or who I should contact to find out would be great.

    • Stacey Abler July 7, 2014, 5:03 pm

      As long as it is more than 20 weeks, you should be on his orders.

  • Lee July 24, 2014, 4:51 pm

    When my boyfriend gets station to his new job after Training camp. Is it possible we could move in together. Or could I live near by to be close by him.

  • Kristen August 6, 2014, 8:18 pm

    Hey! My boyfriend is currently in the later week of white phase, and I was wondering since he is doing his AIT at Fort Leonard Wood (which is also where he is now for basic), will he be able to have his phone on him in the evenings where I can practically talk to him anytime in the afternoons?

    • Hayley May 23, 2015, 5:07 pm

      My boyfriend is there right now for basic and will be there for AIT for 9 weeks after basic, I was wondering what it was like for AIT at Fort Leonard Wood? Was your boyfriend able to call you during AIT?

  • M August 23, 2014, 11:49 am

    A very good friend of mine just left for basic training about two weeks ago. I’m interested in sending him letters but I think I only have part of the address. The last time he was able to text me he wrote, he would be at U.S Air Force 319 training squadron, lackland, afb, 78236. He told me he may get the official address when he gets there. I have no way of really contacting his family unfortunately so my question is is this enough info to write to him with? And if it’s not is there any way I can get more?

    • Stacey Abler September 1, 2014, 9:29 pm

      In the Army, you would need an identifier for him. From what I can find, the address would look something like this:
      AB Smith, John C
      321 TRS/ FLT XXX/ Dorm X-X
      1320 Truemper St. Unit 36XXXX (Unit #)
      Lackland AFB, TX 78236 – XXXX (Zip Extension)

  • john September 4, 2014, 2:05 pm

    one of the shortest MOS’s out there is actually an 88P ( train driver) in transportation corps its for reserves only and about to be shut down but its only 4 weeks long

  • Megan October 20, 2014, 9:38 pm

    My boyfriend has changed since basic. I don’t know why but he seems distance but when him and I had a quick alone time it felt like nothing changed. It’s weird for the 1st time yesterday he took out whatever he’s going through on me. He was mean. He’s apologized but I can tell there’s something still off. 🙁 I love him with all my heart and all I want to do is help him through this like I helped him through basic. I understand this is hard on him but it’s also hard on me too! He’s not alone in this’

  • Michelle November 2, 2014, 4:52 pm

    Hey, my husband graduates Jan. 23, 2015 from the Army. Since he has the Christmas Block leave will he be able to come home after is graduation? Do you know if I would be allowed to move in with him right away?

    • Stacey Abler November 7, 2014, 8:03 pm

      They are typically given ten days of leave that doesn’t go against leave time to move. As long as you’re on his orders, you can move when he does.

  • amanda December 4, 2014, 10:56 pm

    My husband is 68 Whiskey going to Ft. Sam Houston in TX. He wants me to come out there the weekend of my birthday. Can he get an overnight pass to go to dinner and stay with me in a hotel for a night?

    • Stacey Abler December 7, 2014, 8:36 pm

      It’s completely up to his instructors and at what point he’s at in his training. The longer he’s been there, the more likely it is that he’ll have weekends free.

  • jaylen January 1, 2015, 5:06 pm

    I go to AIT in a month and my base where I am training at, Ft. Lee, VA, which is 5 mins away from where my wife and I live. Do married soldiers get any more benefits far as staying at home sometimes or all of the time, if we live so close or is that a no go?

    • Stacey Abler January 6, 2015, 9:38 pm

      You won’t have any special benefits just for being married. Depending on the length of your AIT, you may be able to have pass privileges. Generally, the longer the AIT is, the more freedom you will have.

  • Jae January 4, 2015, 8:04 pm

    I will be leaving for basic in March ’15 & my AIT starts in June ’15 for 52 weeks (6mths at ft Sam Houston and 6mths at a separate location for my residency if I choose) …. I’m currently engaged but trying to figure out if it would be best to get married prior to leaving for basic, or get mArried during christmas exodus. If we got married before basic, would He be able to move with me to my AIT location ?

    • Stacey Abler January 6, 2015, 9:35 pm

      If you’re definitely planning to get married regardless and it’s just a matter of timing, it will be easiest before you leave for basic. If you’re married, your spouse should be authorized to accompany you to any AIT lasting longer than 20 weeks. Good luck and thank you for choosing to serve!

  • Shelley January 8, 2015, 8:54 am

    My step son just told us that he graduates AIT on Feb.6th but that he doesn’t have to report to his duty station (5hrs away) until March 1st. He is single and he did sign up for hometown recruiting but is it possible to have this much leave when he may only have a day or two saved when he graduates?

    • Stacey Abler January 30, 2015, 9:00 pm

      He’ll be given ten days of leave to move, etc to his first duty station.

  • tia January 27, 2015, 8:34 pm

    Hi guys! My fiance just left January 12th to Fort Leonard Wood, MO ; he recently got to basic on Thursday the 22nd
    , I’ve gotten the chance to talk to him on Sunday for the 30 minutes. & I’ve been writing him a lot
    . we’ve experienced this separation before when I went to basic in 2013, I’m an Army Reservists, but now I feel like its so much harder that he’s gone !I was concerned about the whole marriage & how long it usually takes for paper work to get processed to deers. He’s in OSUT, as an MP, he won’t finish it all till the end of May. He was able to choose 3 overseas , Europe, Korea, Hawaii and one in state , cali. So whenever he has some leave we planning on going to the court. I’m not sure when that is Just really want to know how long paperwork take to process at deers. & is he really not going to have leave period ? Bc I need to plan accordingly and find me a new unit in our area we will be living. But first ! We have to get married.

  • Sabrina B January 31, 2015, 11:40 pm

    What is the best way to find out when my son graduates from AIT. We didnt receive a letter informing us of the dates like we did when he was in basic training. Due to holiday block leave they pushed the date back but I can’t get a clear answer the date and time. He has asked but can’t get a firm answer. We are thinking it’s this Wednesday. Is calling the commander of the unit office going a little too far?

  • Christa February 1, 2015, 9:09 pm

    I was wondering could two trainees get married right after AIT? We are currently going through AIT on the same base and graduate in March! And if marriage is possible will.we be able to stay together during our first duty assignment? How would that work?

    • Stacey Abler March 1, 2015, 12:38 pm

      You can get married whenever you would like. But there’s no guarantee you’ll be stationed together. The needs of the Army still overrules all else.

  • Tony February 3, 2015, 11:58 am

    My girlfriend is in week 5 of basic training. Valentines day is next week. I wanted to get her flowers. I found a florist that will deliver on base but I am not sure where or when to have them delivered. I have her mailing adress but I’m not sure if it was the same. Also, would she get in trouble for this?

    • Stacey Abler March 1, 2015, 12:36 pm

      Sorry I’m late on responding to this but while the thought is very sweet, yes it would likely not work out well if you sent her flowers.

  • Shalleine February 22, 2015, 7:22 pm

    Hey! So my boyfriend is in basic training, right now & he leaves for AIT in April for 16 weeks. He’ll be missing out on some holidays & both our birthdays so I was wondering if I would be able to visit him during any of that time(AIT) & if so how will I be able to get on post or stay in any of there hotels & stuff?

    • Stacey Abler March 1, 2015, 12:19 pm

      Hi, visitation during AIT can vary greatly from one school to the next. Generally, the longer the school is, the more freedom they will have but it’s difficult to say for sure. If you’re able to visit, you won’t be able to stay at the hotel on post unless he is the one getting the lodging since you won’t have any “official” military connection. You shouldn’t have any issue getting a pass to get on post.

  • Julianna Keenan March 4, 2015, 5:18 pm

    My husband washed out of his first AIT school, he just got his list of jobs to pick from for his new MOS after a month of waiting, how long will we have to wait until we know what his new MOS will be and when he will be heading to his new AIT location?

  • Jocelyn Davis April 10, 2015, 2:09 pm

    What do the soldiers do on the day they ship to ait ?

  • April Hieb April 19, 2015, 4:43 pm

    My boyfriend just started basic and we are talking about getting married during the two weeks he has off after AIT between graduation and his first assignment. Is this something you’d recommend or would you recommend waiting until after he has moved singly to his first assignment then getting married and having me follow. I am trying to gain experience currently in my first nursing position and one year there wont be until next February but is the process any easier if we are married before he starts his first assignment?

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

      The only thing it will effect is you being on his orders so the Army would pay to move you as well.

  • Alexis April 22, 2015, 3:00 am

    my fiance is going to be going to boot camp and ait this summer. He keeps talking about how he is going to explore all over Chicago (great Lakes, navy). I was wondering how possible it is for him to leave and do that. Does he have that much freedom and free time?
    Thanks!

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 10:26 am

      Unless the Navy is a whole lot different than the Army, he won’t be getting time to explore during basic/boot camp.

  • sarah April 30, 2015, 1:37 pm

    My husband is currently at BCT at ft. Jackson, I am planning on driving him to his AIT, I am renting a car through Avis. I made my reservation through USAA. My main concern, do i need to add additional insurance on the car rental in order for me to drive him?

  • Jake May 14, 2015, 7:00 pm

    When will the soldier find out when they are coming home after graduation

  • Kris May 15, 2015, 4:34 am

    If my soldier is doing hometown recruiting, will she be able to drive home with me after AIT graduation?

  • Autumn May 29, 2015, 4:25 pm

    Okay, my husband is leaving July 12th for second round of MEPS, then he starts basic in Fort Jackson on July 20th. He leaves right after grad (in Sept.) for AIT in Fort Sill, he completes AIT (tentatively) on November 18th. We were told by his recruiter that he will have a 2 week leave since it’s around Christmas, before we have to be at his duty station (wherever that may be). I am trying to plan a Disney trip and have no clue how to plan it because I don’t really know about the 2 week leave or when he would be home from AIT if he finishes on November 18th. Can you help me out? Thank you so much.

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 9:57 am

      The 2 week leave at Christmas is typically if he’s still in training at that point. If he graduates in November, he’ll already be at his permanent duty station and his ability to take leave will be up to his new command.

  • Aariona Wright June 1, 2015, 11:50 pm

    Hello, My fiance graduates on July 10th, and we’re planning on having a wedding ceremony after graduation, because we believe he has a 10 day leave before he goes to AIT. We believe this because his AIT is 7 months long and heard that because it is such a long AIT that he will be granted leave. I was wondering if that is true? Because i’m planning a ceremony that might not even be able to happen 🙁

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 9:53 am

      Longer AITs do tend to have more freedom but they vary drastically from one school to the next. There are no hard and fast rules unfortunately. Hope you’re able to get it all worked out.

  • Bridgette Fitzgerald June 19, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Hello I have a question about implementing a program or group to assist military wives in the unit, with their marriage and other things that come along with the job title of being a military wife. If you could contact me or let me know if you have heard of anything like this I would like to get something started up..THANKS!

    • Stacey Abler June 27, 2015, 9:22 am

      Have you tried to talk with the Chaplain? In my husband’s unit, he usually put together programs for us (sometimes weekends away) so he may be the first place to start. Good luck!

  • Kaylan July 20, 2015, 11:03 pm

    Hey my fiancé is currently in basic. We found out we were pregnant about a month before he left in July. Two questions… Will there be enough time for us to get married between basic and AIT? Also, I will have the baby about the same time he comes home from AIT will there be a grace period where he will be able to come to the birth before his orders? Thank you!

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:56 pm

      It’s difficult to say. The freedom in AIT can vary quite a bit from one school to the next.

  • Sam Phillips July 29, 2015, 9:26 pm

    My husand completed basic and will soon be done with ait…he got orders to go to Kuwait for a year and is being told he will get no leave to see me before he leaves. We married right before ait and still need to get my id card/poa/ and banking taken care of before he goes…any advice?

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:48 pm

      It’s unusual to have no time at all. He at least would have to inprocess to his new unit.

  • Maria Hand August 6, 2015, 1:49 am

    Hi, my son’s Army recruiter said that once our son got to AIT, he’d have weekend’s “off”, including holidays. But judging from what I’m reading here, that doesn’t seem to be true. I was under the impression that he’d have more freedom to leave base, call etc, then he did during his time at BCT. We were planning a vacation over Labor Day Weekend thinking he’d have a four-day holiday weekend (as told to us by his recruiter) but now I’m concerned…any advice or how I could find out more info? He graduates BCT and flies out to his AIT location about 2 weeks before the Labor Day Weekend. And I believe his AIT time commitment is about 5 months.

    Thank you!

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:42 pm

      In a longer AIT, he’s more likely to have more freedoms. But it differ largely from one school to the next.

  • Kat August 12, 2015, 10:29 am

    Hi,

    My boyfriend is currently in AIT and we were talking about getting married during his time between graduation and his first assignment. However, he just told me that they no longer get those 10 days, only 2.5 days of leave per month. This is obviously an issue because as a non-spouse I don’t receive any help moving. I’ve searched online and nobody seems to have a direct answer. Even without the marriage issue how does the Army expect their new soldiers to prepare for a move if they aren’t provided with any time off?

  • Carly August 12, 2015, 8:44 pm

    My boyfriend is going to Fort Lee for his AIT directly after he graduates from BCT. I rarely get phone calls and the letters have recently stopped because it’s so close to his graduation. He told me to pack some of his clothes and bring them to him on his BCT graduation day. So I was wondering if there are any restrictions on what they can/cannot wear or just ideas on what to pack in general? Thanks!!

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:31 pm

      After graduation, he can wear pretty much what he wants when he’s off duty. There are some rules on post generally (like no PT gear at the PX) but other than that, whatever should be fine. On family day, he’ll have to stay in uniform unless something has changed.

  • Cheryl Stevens August 21, 2015, 9:58 pm

    My son just graduated from Basic Training at Ft Jackso, SC yesterday, Aug 20, 2015. He was flown from there to Ft Sill, OK today at 1pm. His luggage has been lost in transit somewhere. I just received a text from him that he has spoken to several people/places but no one seems to be able to locate his suitcase. He said his luggage was picked up at Ft Jackson and taken to the airport and he did not see it or receive a ticket for it. He and the other soldiers were transported by chartered bus and taken directly to the airstrip. Once they arrived at the airport in Oklahoma they were placed on another Chartered bus and driven directly to Ft Sill. When they got to Ft Sill there was a trailer full of bags. Only one of his was on it. The one that is missing is a large black hard case suitcase with 4 wheels. It contains about $500 worth of electronics in it. It is VERY IMPORTANT that this luggage is found. What else should he do and is there anything we can do to help? If his luggage is not found, how do we go about replacing the electronics, luggage, and other personal items?

    • Stacey Abler August 25, 2015, 8:22 pm

      Hopefully it’s been found. I’ve never heard of that happening so unfortunately don’t have any advice. I’m sorry.

  • Allexes Villa August 25, 2015, 10:59 pm

    oh gosh! im only 20 years old and my DH confuses me with all of this PCSing stuff lol My DH is finishing up AIT in about 2 weeks and gets to come home for hometown recruiting.. I don’t know how to go about calling the movers and once we get to his duty station how to apply for on post housing.. we still have a month until he has to report. and i feel so overwhelmed with what i need to do.. Honestly i have no clue where to start.. HELP!

    • Stacey Abler August 31, 2015, 9:51 am

      You can contact the transportation office at the post closest to you and they will help you set up the move. As soon as he has official orders in hand, you can call the post you’ll be PCSing to and check on housing availability.

  • Jacquelyn Worrell August 29, 2015, 3:45 pm

    My boyfriend left 3 days ago for AIT at Ft Leonard Wood. He is a 12B or combat engineer! I was wondering if anyone could give me insight on this. He called me when he got off the bus letting me know he was there and about to turn his phone in and then he called again with the drill Sargent there saying “I made it to Ft Leonard Wood safe, I’ll call you when I can” & hung up… I haven’t talked to him since. He said he should have his phone during AIT.

  • Mary September 5, 2015, 6:31 pm

    Is there generally a family day with AIT graduation? My son is at Ft Lee… Just wondering what the normal procedure is and I can’t find much online. Thanks

  • Nicole September 20, 2015, 3:35 pm

    Hello, my fiancé is currently at Fort Gordon for AIT training, just recently he got orders for Afghanistan, he says that the deployment will be about a year long. we planned on getting married in 2016, but because of the deployment we have to push the wedding up to November of this year during the two weeks that he is home before he deploys. He also stated that after the deployment we’re allowed to pick our duty station. I’m so confused on the whole coming into the army, and everything that goes along with it with power of attorney, DEERS and everything else with it. most of the websites that I’ve found haven’t been helpful since I know nothing about the deployment, he doesn’t speak much of the basic information that I would like to know, and it doesn’t help that I currently am in Maryland while he’s in Georgia. also on top of it, I don’t know how to pick a duty station. If you could please help me with the process or put me on the right path to this crazy path, I’m about to go on, that would be wonderful. Thank you so much.

  • Aaron October 12, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Hey I have question I was hoping you could answer. My wife and I are Dual enlisted and we are both about to be at the same AIT. Are we allowed to be in the same dorm room together? Her drill sargeants said yes but I’m still skeptical.

  • Shara November 1, 2015, 8:36 pm

    My fiancé is currently at basic, but he’ll finish on the 1 of December. He’ll leave for AIT (which, for him will be 26 weeks) right afterwards. Since the holidays are coming up, I was wondering if I would be possible for him to get leave for Christmas? I know that Thanksgiving is out of the question, but I wasn’t so sure about AIT, since he’ll of only been there a few weeks? It’s our first Christmas together, and I would really love to have him home for it. Thanks so much. ( :

  • kim November 27, 2015, 1:14 pm

    “My son just graduated army boot camp and is at Fort Sam Huston for AIT why is he not allowed to drive a vehicle when he comes home for Christmas?”

  • Nicole December 10, 2015, 3:49 pm

    My husband is currently stationed in south Korea and will be coming back in April, will he have time to come home before we move to his next duty station or is he going to have to report straight there? If not how long does he usually get to come home for before we move? I’ve also heard if you’re coming from an over seas duty station you’re first to get moved into a house on post, is that true? If so how long is the wait usually? We have a newborn and I don’t see us living in a hotel for a while working out too well…

  • Sharlane December 17, 2015, 9:10 am

    Hi, My question is my Husband will be at Fort Gordon for 19 weeks 4 days so the Army wont move us out there, if I wanted to get away from the town I have always lived in for a good experience, could I move out there on my own? I know that they do not suggest it. I am curious if I could still be involved with all the military families or if anyone has experienced this?

  • Jessica R. April 5, 2016, 11:38 am

    My fiancé arrived at his AIT a couple days ago. They took his phone when he got off the bus, but they gave it back to him later when he had finished reception. He now has his phone early mornings (around 5am) and evenings (usually 7:30pm til he goes to bed).

  • Cassie April 14, 2016, 12:49 am

    Hello,
    My spouse is considering joining the army reserve. I have seen that if AIT is longer than 20 weeks I will be able to move as well. Does this only apply to active military or does reserve count as well? Thank you in advance

  • India Joseph May 6, 2016, 12:17 am

    My friend guy that I’ve been taking to for 2 years now , is in the army. You might as well say he’s my boyfriend lol. He’s in AIT school right now. He’s saying he’s going to fly me out to his first duty stations. What does this neccesarily mean?

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