Next Stop, AIT: Advanced Individual Training for MOS

Army AIT: Advanced Individual Training

Now that you’re solider has made it through BCT, let’s talk about what happens next.

Advanced Individual Training (AIT) is the next step in your soldier’s military career. AIT is the school at which your soldier learns his specific job in the military.. His job in the military is called his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Your soldier will have chosen this MOS when he spoke with his recruiter – there are many MOS’s to choose from. Your soldier will have chosen his MOS when he spoke with his recruiter. His MOS will determine which post he will go to for his training.

While in AIT, there are few special events/situations to note. When your solider goes to AIT and his training is more than 20 weeks, his spouse and family will be included on his orders. Being listed on his orders will allows you to move with him to the location of his AIT, at the expense of the Army. However, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to move to the AIT location at the same time as your soldier. It’s more likely that you won’t be there for 30 or more days after the solider arrives. Keep in mind that, although you are able to move there with him, his schedule and class time may be so intense that the family could rarely see him.

If his AIT is less than 20 weeks, the spouse will not be on the orders. This does not prevent you from moving, but it must be done at the soldier’s expense. In most cases, the soldier must request to live off base with his family even when they are included on his orders. This process is done through his Chain of Command (CoC) while at AIT.

WHAT IS YOUR RANK?

Now is a good time to introduce the different ranks and what they are. At this point in your soldier’s Army career, you will start to encounter different ranking members of the military and should have a basic idea of what they stand for.

Army ranks are more than just who salutes whom. Army rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each increase in rank.

Private
PFC – Private First Class
SPC – Specialist
CPL – Corporal
SGT – Sergeant
SSG – Staff Sergeant
SFC – Sergeant First Class
1SG – First Sergeant
MSG – Master Sergeant
SGM – Sergeant Major

CSM – Command Sergeant Major
SMA – Sergeant Major of the Army

WO1 – Warrant Officer 1
CW2 – Chief Warrant Officer 2
CW3 – Chief Warrant Officer 3
CW4 – Chief Warrant Officer 4
CW5 – Chief Warrant Officer 5
2LT – Second Lieutenant
1LT – First Lieutenant
CPT – Captain
MAJ – Major
LTC – Lieutenant Colonel
COL – Colonel
BG – Brigadier General
MG – Major General
LTG – Lieutenant General
Gen – General
General of the Army (Wartime only)

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One Response to “Next Stop, AIT: Advanced Individual Training for MOS”

  1. says:

    What is the process for getting the spouse added to AIT training site once basic training is complete. Does this happen by commander while soldier is at basic training or the commander at AIT.Does the soldier in basic training need to make sometype of written or verbal request?If yes where does this request need to go, the commander,personal dept or other avenues.I understand there maybe waiting list and additional time before housing on base is available. Is there anything that can be done ahead of time to get on housing list while soldier is in basic training? Thank you for your assistance with this concern.

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