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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).

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 Abler
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 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?

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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!
    Thanks!!

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Hello,
    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?

    1. 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”.

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