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Army Advanced Individual Training (AIT)

WhatHappensAfterArmyBasicTraining

Once successfully graduated from Army basic training, Soldiers will continue on to Advanced Individual Training (AIT) where they will train, in depth, in their specific Military Occupational Speciality (MOS). AIT varies depending on what a Soldier’s MOS is, but here’s a general overview of what you can expect after Army basic training at AIT.

What happens after Army basic training graduation?

After Basic Combat Training (BCT) graduation, Soldiers will begin out-processing procedures. They will need to gather their belongings from the barracks and check-out of their unit.

Once check-out is complete Soldiers are required to check-in to their next unit at their AIT school. Depending on the Soldier’s MOS, AIT school may be located on the same base where the Soldier’s BCT was.

Soldier’s whose AIT school is on a different base will be required to travel to that base in order to check-in. Depending on where the AIT school is located Soldiers will either fly or drive to their new unit. All of this information is provided to Soldiers near the end of BCT, and by graduation, they will know exactly where they need to go next.

Do Soldiers come home after basic training?

Soldiers are not often given time to go home after basic training. Check-in for AIT School is most often the day after graduation, if not the same day.

How long is AIT?

Advanced Individual Training(AIT) ranges from 4 to 52 weeks depending on a Soldier’s MOS. After graduating from basic training, Soldiers will go to AIT where they will complete Phase IV and Phase V before joining their unit.

Phase IV

Phase IV of AIT will consist of three weeks, as Soldiers continue to train on the values of the Army and begin focusing on their specific MOS skills. During this phase, Soldiers will continue to receive more privileges such as phone time and weekend liberty.

Phase V

Phase V of AIT can range anywhere from a few weeks to multiple months, depending on the Soldier’s MOS.

Where is AIT?

SchoolBaseState
Adjutant General SchoolFort JacksonSouth Carolina
 Air Defense Artillery School Fort Sill Oklahoma
 U.S. Army Armor Center Fort Benning Georgia
 Aviation Logistics School Fort Eustis Virginia
Chemical, biological, radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) School Fort Leonard Wood Missouri
 Department of Defense Fire Academy Goodfellow Air Force Base Texas
 Engineer SchoolFort Leonard WoodMissouri
 Field Artillery SchoolFort Sill Oklahoma
 Financial Management SchoolFort Jackson South Carolina
Infantry SchoolFort Benning Georgia
 U.S. Army Intelligence Center Fort Huachuca Arizona
 Military Police SchoolFort Leonard Wood Missouri
 Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School Fort Lee Virginia
 Quartermaster SchoolFort Lee Virginia
 Signal Corps School Fort Gordon Georgia
 Transportation School Fort Lee Virginia
AIT Weekend Passes

AIT Weekend Passes

Weekend passes throughout AIT will be determined by the unit. In some cases, Soldiers may receive an on-base liberty pass for the weekend during Phase IV. Off-base liberty passes are normally not granted until Phase V.

Weekend passes are approved by individual units. There is no guarantee for liberty and often times has to be earned during the week by the Soldiers.

As time progresses through AIT, Soldiers will be granted more privileges including an overnight pass for the weekend. But, Soldiers will be limited to the amount of distance they can travel from the base. Most bases will not allow travel over 50 miles from the base. Soldiers may also receive more time to use their personal cell phones, to make those FaceTime calls home.

If you are traveling to visit your Soldier during AIT make sure you receive confirmation that they are allowed visitor’s before you make plans to travel. Even then, your Soldier may not be aware of weekend liberty until the day before.

AIT Army Graduation

After successfully completing Phase IV and Phase V of AIT, Soldiers will have a graduation ceremony to signify that they meet the requirements

AIT graduations are more intimate than the graduation ceremony for basic training. The graduating class will be much smaller and the ceremony may only last thirty minutes.

After the graduation ceremony is complete, Soldiers will complete the check-out process from AIT as they get ready to report to their next unit.

What happens after AIT?

After Soldiers graduate from their AIT School they are normally granted some leave, often 10 days, before having to check-in to their next unit. The unit Soldiers check-in to after AIT school will be their first Permanent Duty Assignment (PDA).


Know someone who will be graduating from Army Basic Training? Read our posts to learn more about what to expect at graduation.

Fort Sill Graduation
Fort Benning Graduation
Fort Leonard Wood Graduation
Fort Jackson Graduation

15 comments

  1. I am trying to find a graduation day for B Company 58th transportation BN Unit 8 Class 22t…Pvt Joe Farino.. travel Arrangements need to be made as soon as possible please notify. Thanks

    1. Hi, Sal. Please go into the app and click on the Chat bubble on the Home Page of the app. One of our CH team members would be happy to help.

    1. You should be able to get that address from your son or his recruiter. Also, there is a general information number for Fort Huachuca: (520) 533-2330. Hope that helps.

  2. is it possible to change from active to reserve while you still in for the basic millitary training?

    1. Hi, Yanic. Your recruit signed a contract for active duty so he’ll have to wait until that contract is over. Once that contract is over, he can then switch to reserves. He shouldn’t ask his Drill Sergeants about switching to reserve during basic training as well. We hope this helps. For more detailed assistance, please go into the app and click on the Chat Bubble on the Home Page of the one. One of our Customer Happiness team members would be happy to help.

  3. Hello, I am in the process of buying the flight tickets, but I would like to know if my trainee will be able to leave after graduation day, and be with us just the weekend at the hotel. As I understand he would be free that Friday, Saturday and Sunday (07/06, 08/06, 09/06 )a they would have to report (check in) again at the base for the AIT school on Monday. My soldier will be located on the same base where the BCT was , so he would not have to travel and pack to go to another location. Could you please confirm if he will be able to leave the base in those three days. we would love to make plans in advance.

    1. Hi Laura! Trainees will transfer to their new unit the day after Graduation and will need to in-process there. It is up to the Commander of their new unit if they will grant them a pass after they are finished in-processing to the new unit.

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