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).

Depending on his job, his AIT can last a few weeks or for the better part of a year. He may also have to go to a base different from 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 undergo a training schedule similar to that in BCT. If he has chosen a human relations specialty or mechanical specialty, he could spend 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.

From the Army website:

The infantry is the main land combat force and the backbone of the Army.

It’s equally important in peacetime and 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.)
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Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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  1. 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!

  2. Hello my husband reenlisted after a few years inactive. He had to change his MOS and now he is scheduled to got to AIT for 6 weeks. Will he qualify for BAH while myself and are children are still at home waiting for hint to complete training.

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