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What the Recruiter Never Told You

Part 9 -- Leave (Vacation) and Job Training


AIT/Tech School/A-School

In the Air Force, job training is called "Technical School," or sometimes "Tech School" for short. In the Navy, initial job training is called "A-School" (advanced job training is called "C-School"). The Army refers to their job training as "AIT," or "Advanced Individual Training."

Restrictions on your freedoms are not over just because you graduated boot camp. For non-prior-service enlistees, there are restrictions placed on your freedoms (curfew, restriction to base, wearing of civilian clothes, etc.) for the first portion of job training:

The Marine Corps does not impose any special restrictions on their Marines during job training. However, all non-infantry Marines have to attend a special "Basic Combat Training" course before they continue onto job training (Infantry Marines attend a more advanced combat course, which is also their primary job training -- i.e. Infantry).

The Coast Guard also does not impose restrictions during their job training, because CG personnel do not go to A-school directly out of basic training. They must spend a year or so at their first duty station, doing "general duties" before they get to choose a rating (job) and go to A-School.

In general, if your school is longer than 20 weeks (at a single location), dependents are authorized to travel to the school location and set up a household, at government expense (see First Duty Station Travel Entitlements in Part 10 of this series). If the length of the school is less than 20 weeks, government reimbursed transportation is not authorized, in most cases. However, dependents are certainly allowed to relocate, on their own, at their own expense. In either case, members in job school receive a housing allowance, based upon the actual location of their dependents.

It's important to remember that (except for the Marines), leave is not usually authorized following basic training. This means the dependents would have to make the move completely on their own, without the member's presence (however, if they are going to be a "military family," this is something they should get used to, in any event). Also, the member is probably going to be restricted to base during the first part of their training (usually, the first 30 days or so), so the dependents may have to do all the "house-hunting," to find a place to live, on their own.

Continued in Part 10 - Military Assignments

Other Parts to this Series:

  • Part 1 -- Choosing a Military Service
  • Part 2 -- Meeting the Recruiter
  • Part 3 -- The Enlistment Process and Job Selection
  • Part 4 -- Enlistment Contracts and Enlistment Incentives
  • Part 5 -- Military Pay
  • Part 6 -- Housing, Housing Allowance, and Barracks
  • Part 7 -- Chow Halls and Food Allowance
  • Part 8 -- Education Programs
  • Part 10 -- Assignments
  • Part 11 -- Promotions
  • Part 12 -- Military Medical Care
  • Part 13 -- Commissaries and Exchanges
  • Part 14 -- Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) Activities

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