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Army AIT: A List Of All 11 Locations + Training Summary

It requires time, commitment, focus, and dedication to survive in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Army AIT, or Advanced Individual Training, is mandatory for new recruits after completing Basic Combat Training (BCT).

Army Advanced Individual Training (AIT) teaches the critical job skills needed to serve the military in your new Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Learn about the different Army AIT based on their location and the length of time needed to complete the training.

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What is Army AIT?

The progression for new recruits in the U.S. Army follows a similar path.

All new recruits in the Army are required to complete Basic Combat Training (BCT), or boot camp.

Boot camp in the Army lasts 10 weeks and is required to see if you have what it takes to survive in the military.

After completing BCT, you progress to Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

Army AIT is considered more enjoyable for recruits compared to Basic Combat Training because you get to focus on your MOS.

A Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) is assigned to every new recruit in the Army.

Your MOS is a specific job you will do every day in service to contribute to the military branch.

Army AIT teaches you the necessary job skills of the MOS while also building personal character.

Where is Army AIT training conducted?

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Advanced Individual Training (AIT) varies depending on the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Image:

While Basic Combat Training (BCT) is the same length of time for every new recruit, the same is not true of AIT.

Army AIT varies in location and length of training based on the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Regardless, you receive hands-on training and field instruction to prepare for the job role.

In addition to mastering relevant job skills, the Army also focuses on improving the discipline and work ethic necessary to contribute to the military branch.

Army AIT is currently offered throughout the United States in 11 different states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Where you complete AIT is not a choice, but rather based on your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

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AIT Training Locations

Army AIT (Advanced Individual Training) ranges from 4 to 52 weeks.

BCT constitutes Army training, Phases I, II, and III. Recruits must complete Phase IV and Phase V of training through Army AIT.

Primary Army AIT locations are currently in seven different states and eleven locations.

There are principal Army AIT locations such as Fort Benning, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Sam Houston, and Fort Eustis.

Secondary locations after initial training at principal locations include Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, Fort Lewis, and Fort Hood (to name a few).

For the purpose of this article, we have not listed every single secondary training AIT location.

Speaking with a local Army recruiter can provide more details on the bases where you will receive training based on a qualifying MOS.

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There are many different bases across the United States where you may receive AIT based on the chosen Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Image:

AIT at Fort Rucker, Alabama

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Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer (MOS 15H)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Army Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairers (MOS 15H) receive advanced individual training at Fort Rucker in Alabama. It is currently the only MOS in the Army that receives primary AIT training in Alabama. The school lasts over three months and includes engine disassembly and repair. MOS 15H also learn how to fix hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems.

AIT in Fort Huachuca, Arizona

Human Intelligence Collector (MOS 35M)

Length:  20 weeks

Summary: Similar to Crypto Linguists, Human Intels who are not fluent in another language will attend six to 18 months at the DLI prior to AIT. At AIT training will be provided on how to perform interrogations and conduct human intelligence analysis. 

Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator (MOS 35T)

Length:  42 weeks

Summary: Training is heavy and long for Military Intel Systems Maintainers, as they have an important role within intelligence. Subjects include how to extract data from fixed, portable and wireless communication devices, as well as maintaining, testing, and repairing the Army’s communication equipment.

Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (MOS 35G)

Length:  22 weeks

Summary: To analyze and paint the picture of the battlefield training will be provided in preparing maps, charts, and geospatial intelligence. Training will also include analysis of fixed and moving targets, and aerial images. 

Intelligence Analyst (MOS 35F)

Length:  13 weeks

Summary: In just 13 weeks, training will be given on how to receive, analyze, and evaluate intelligence reports in order to evaluate the enemy’s capabilities, threat, and possible outcomes on the battlefield.

AIT at Fort Benning, Georgia

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Infantryman (MOS 11B)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Future Army infantrymen are the heart and soul of the military branch. AIT is short-term and takes place at Fort Benning, Georgia. The school lasts four weeks, and the emphasis is on marksmanship and reconnaissance.

Indirect Fire Infantryman (MOS 11C)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Indirect Fire Infantrymen also receive their training at Fort Benning. The school is four weeks in duration. Learning is divided between classroom learning and field training with simulated combat.

Cavalry Scout (MOS 19D)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Future Calvary Scouts (MOS 19D) receive most of their AIT training in the field. The training is a little more thorough compared to Infantrymen. The focus of training is on squad maneuvers, target practice, and war games.

M1 Armor Crewman (MOS 19K)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Army M1 Armor Crewmen (MOS 19K) receive a combination of classroom learning and practical field training. The duration of AIT is five weeks and includes an emphasis on tank operations, armor offensive and defensive tactics, field combat strategy, and map reading.

M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer (MOS 91A)

Length: 24 weeks

Summary: Future M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainers receive extensive training. The duration of AIT is 17 weeks for MOS 91A. Soldiers learn about electronic and mechanical principles and concepts. Additional learning focuses on schematics, drawings, and wiring diagrams.

Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer (MOS 91M)

Length: 12 weeks

Summary: Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainers must attend a lengthy amount of AIT. Classroom learning teaches engine repair and tune-up. MOS 91M also learn how to troubleshoot mechanical and electrical problems. Field training provides hands-on experience.

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AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

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Combat Engineer (MOS 12B)

Length: 4 weeks

Summary: Army Combat Engineers (MOS 12B) receive their training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The duration of AIT is four weeks for MOS 12B. Soldiers develop their skills through basic demolitions and explosive hazards. Army Combat Engineers also learn how to construct wire obstacles and fix bridges.

Bridge Crewman (MOS 12C)

Length: 4 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Bridge Crewman (MOS 12C) receive their AIT at Fort Leonard Wood. Army AIT training includes bridge building, road maintenance, and rough carpentry and rigging. Basic construction methods and engineering principles are taught in the classroom.

Diver (MOS 12D)

Length: 29 weeks

Summary: Future Army Divers begin their training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri before transferring over to Panama City for the majority of the time. AIT introduces new recruits to the principles of scuba and surface-supplied diving. Divers also learn how to perform underwater welding and cutting.

Quarrying Specialist (MOS 12G)

Length: 5 weeks

Summary: Army Quarrying Specialists (MOS 12G) receive training for five weeks at Fort Leonard. Some of the skills you will learn include the maintenance and repair of various equipment. General construction principles and information are provided in the classroom.

Horizontal Construction Engineer (MOS 12N)

Length: 9 weeks

Summary: Future Horizontal Construction Engineers receive nine weeks of AIT. The training is a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning. Soldiers receive training for operating a variety of construction equipment over rough terrain.

Power Distribution Specialist (MOS 12Q)

Length: 9 weeks

Summary: Army Power Line Distribution Specialists spend nine weeks of training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The subjects include maintenance of electrical power distribution systems, installing poles, accessories, and transformers, and maintenance of airfield lighting systems. There is an emphasis on the use of technical and manufacturer publications for electric power line distribution.

Interior Electrician (MOS 12R)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: New recruits seeking to perform work as MOS 12R are also assigned to Fort Leonard Wood. The duration of the school is seven weeks. Subjects include the fundamentals of electricity, safety procedures, techniques for wiring switches, and electrical circuit troubleshooting.

Technical Engineer (MOS 12T)

Length: 17 weeks

Summary: Future Army Technical Engineers spend time at Fort Leonard Wood mastering their craft. AIT for MOS 12T lasts 18 weeks. You will learn how to survey and draft. Lessons are also taught on aerial photo interpretation and architectural drawing.

Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator (MOS 12V)

Length: 6 weeks

Summary: Army MOS 12V recruits receive their AIT at Fort Leonard Wood. The duration of the school is six weeks. Soldiers are taught the operation of different types of concrete and asphalt equipment.

Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (MOS 12W)

Length: 9 weeks

Summary: Carpentry and Masonry Specialists spend nine weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The subjects of the school include the basics of concrete technology, the proper use of finishing tools, and the basics of structure foaming. MOS 12W also learn how to place, consolidate, and finish concrete and masonry jobs with field instruction.

Military Police (MOS 31B)

Length: 20 weeks

Summary: Military Police provide protection of lives and property on Army installations. MPs cover subjects on basic handling of firearms, military and civil law, traffic and crowd control, and how to properly arrest and restrain suspects.

Criminal Investigation Special Agent (MOS 31D)

Length: 15 weeks

Summary: Responsible for felony-level crimes, these agents learn how to process crime scenes, collect evidence, conduct interviews, and provide forensic lab support.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Specialist (MOS 74D)

Length: 11 weeks

Summary: Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Specialists spend eleven weeks at Fort Leonard Wood. The subjects include the operation of CBRN decontamination, defense, detection, and monitoring equipment. MOS 74D also learn how to prepare for CBRN defense actions and procedures.

Motor Transport Operator (MOS 88M)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Future Motor Transport Operators must attend AIT for seven weeks. The training is a combination of classroom learning and simulated activities. Soldiers spend over 200 training hours in vehicles and field training environments.

Construction Equipment Repairer (MOS 91L)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: Army Construction Equipment Repairers (MOS 91L) receive their AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The duration of the school is eight weeks and includes lessons on engine repair and tune-up. Repairers also learn how to troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electrical problems related to the job.

AIT at Fort Sill, Oklahoma

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Cannon Crewmember (MOS 13B)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Cannon Crewmembers (MOS 13B) receives their principal AIT at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The duration of the school is seven weeks. The subjects include calculating targets manually and electronically. Army MOS 13B also learn how to handle ammunition and operate gun systems.

Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator (MOS 13R)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: A “Firefinder” is a highly specialized radar used by the Army to detect various objects and their locations. These operators receive training to operate and maintain the Firefinder in order to alert field artillery units to this critical targeted information.

Joint Fire Support Specialist (MOS 13F)

Length: 11 weeks

Summary: Fire Support Specialists are responsible for providing intelligence to the field artillery team. They learn to locate targets using computer or manual calculations, operate laser range finders, and assist in preparation of fire support plans.

Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS/HIMARS) Crewmember (MOS 13M)

Length: 4 weeks

Summary: Responsible for maintaining and operating the entire launch rocket system, crew members will learn how to handle ammunition, operate gun, missile, and rocket systems, and support artillery tactics. 

Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist (MOS 89A)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: Like the name of the MOS infers, training will be provided so that specialists will know how to control stock, and perform accounting duties for ammunition, explosives, and they’re components. 

Patriot System Repairer (MOS 94S)

Length: 53 weeks

Summary: This AIT is split between 2 locations. The first portion is 13 weeks at Fort Lee, VA and the remaining time is spent at Fort Sill, OK. The Patriot is one of the world’s most advanced missile systems. The repairer will learn how to perform field-level maintenance, as well as perform diagnostic tests and repairs.

AIT at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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Interpreter/Translator (MOS 09L)

Length: 6 weeks

Summary: Future Army Interpreters/Translators have their AIT conducted at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The school is six weeks in duration, and subjects include contract negotiations, cultural awareness, checkpoint operations, medical support, VIP escort, and training host-nation forces.

Financial Management Technician (MOS 36B)

Length: 9 weeks

Summary: Army Financial Management Technicians (MOS 36B) are the second Military Occupational Specialty to have primary AIT conducted at Fort Jackson. The training examines subjects like accounting principles and procedures and analyzing financial data.

Religious Affairs Specialist (MOS 56M)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Future chaplain assistants have their AIT conducted at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Training will be provided on how to assist the chaplain in supporting the unit’s ministry programs and religious services. 

AIT at Goodfellow AFB, Texas

Goodfellow Air Force Base

Firefighter (MOS 12M)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Future Army Firefighters (MOS 12M) receive advanced individual training (AIT) at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. The training is a combination of classroom studies and field training. Firefighters learn how to put out different types of fires using equipment and rescue procedures.

Cryptologic Linguist (MOS 35P)

Length:  52 weeks

Summary: Army Cryptologic Linguists receive advanced individual training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. Soldiers who are not fluent in another language will attend six to 18 months at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, prior to AIT. Some of the skills taught at AIT are analyzing foreign communication to support missions and procedures for handling classified information.

Signals Intelligence Analyst (MOS 35N)

Length:  24 weeks

Summary: Training for Signals Intelligence Analyst includes subjects on intercepting messages, analyzing operational patterns of the enemy, and maintaining databases and surveillance systems.

Signals Collection Analyst (MOS 35S)

Length:  15 weeks

Summary: In order to analyze and exploit target communications, training will be provided on how to locate, identify and collect enemy communications such as radar and electro-optic signals.

AIT at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas

Plumber (MOS 12K)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Army Plumbers (MOS 12K) learn a practical skill that translates well to civilian life after leaving the military. AIT for Plumbers is conducted at Fort Leonard Wood. Plumbers are taught how to install and repair pipe systems, plumbing fixtures, boiler controls, water purification, and distillation systems.

AIT in Fort Sam Houston, Texas


Biomedical Equipment Specialist (MOS 68A)

Length: 41 weeks

Summary: Future Biomedical Equipment Specialists begin their journey in the military at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. AIT is lengthy for MOS 68A and lasts 41 weeks. Training includes hands-on practice in repairing and replacing equipment components.

Orthopedic Specialist (MOS 68B)

Length: 14 weeks

Summary: Orthopedic Specialists, along with many other medical-related Army MOS have extensive training that takes place at multiple locations. However, the training almost always begins at Fort Sam Houston. Army MOS 68B learn about patient care, medical aid, and cast procedures.

Practical Nursing Specialist (MOS 68C)

Length: 52 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Practical Nursing Specialists have lengthy advanced individual training along with many other medical Army specialties. The duration of the school is 52 weeks. You will learn about patient care, emergency care, and working on a medical team.

Operating Room Specialist (MOS 68D)

Length: 19 weeks

Summary: Future Army Operating Room Specialists attend Fort Sam Houston for initial training. The overall duration of MOS 68D AIT is 19 weeks. The subjects include emergency medical treatment, basic nursing care, and minor surgical procedures.

Dental Specialist (MOS 68E)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: Army MOS 68E also begin their medical journey at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. However, AIT is much shorter at eight weeks. Dental Specialists are taught about various dental care practice techniques and procedures.

Physical Therapy Specialist (MOS 68F)

Length: 28 weeks

Summary: Army Physical Therapy Specialists (MOS 68F) receive 28 weeks of advanced individual training. Some of the training takes place at Fort Sam Houston. You will learn about patient care and assisting in rehabilitation physical training.

Patient Administration Specialist (MOS 68G)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Patient Administration Specialist AIT takes place at Fort Sam Houston. It lasts seven weeks, making it one of the shortest training periods for a medical-related MOS. Admin Specialists learn typing and clerical skills, as well as establishing filing and publication systems.

Medical Logistics Specialist (MOS 68J)

Length: 6 weeks

Summary: Future Medical Logistics Specialists (MOS 68J) also have a shorter length of advanced individual training. The duration of the school is six weeks and covers stock control and accounting procedures. Army MOS 68J also receives an understanding of how to correctly handle medical and food supplies.

Medical Laboratory Specialist (MOS 68K)

Length: 52 weeks

Summary: Army Medical Laboratory Specialists receive a portion of their training at Fort Sam Houston. Army AIT is extensive for MOS 68K at 52 weeks. Medical Laboratory Specialists are taught about medical laboratory procedures, administration, and record-keeping duties. MOS 68K also learn the study of human parasites and diseases.

Occupational Therapy Specialist (MOS 68L)

Length: 34 weeks

Summary: Occupational Therapy Specialists begin AIT at Fort Sam Houston, yet like many other medical MOS, will also train at other locations throughout the United States. You will learn about patient care and assisting in rehabilitation settings.

Nutrition Care Specialist (MOS 68M)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Army Nutrition Care Specialists (MOS 68M) receive seven weeks of AIT. The focus is on small-quantity food preparation. New recruits study individual and classroom presentations. There is plenty of lessons on food preparation, food safety, sanitation, and assessing dietary requirements.

Cardiovascular Specialist (MOS 68N)

Length: 56 weeks

Summary: New recruits interested in MOS 68N should expect lengthy AIT. The job training for a Cardiovascular Specialist is divided into two phases over the course of 56 weeks. Some of the training takes place at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. You’ll receive training on cardiac tests and examinations.

Radiology Specialist (MOS 68P)

Length: 46 weeks

Summary: Army Radiology Specialists attend a portion of their training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The advanced individual training lasts 46 weeks in addition to Basic Combat Training. Lessons include patient care in radiology, medical ethics and law, and human structure and function. There is also an emphasis on the principles of radiation protection.

Pharmacy Specialist (MOS 68Q)

Length: 23 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Pharmacy Specialists (MOS 68Q) undergo a moderate length of advanced individual training (AIT). The training includes practice in pharmaceutical tasks. You will also learn about pharmacy laws and regulations, drug types and uses, and dispensing drugs.

Preventive Medicine Specialist (MOS 68S)

Length: 15 weeks

Summary: Preventive Medicine Specialists spend a portion of their training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The duration of the school is 15 weeks, and the subjects include sanitation inspection procedures. You also learn how to understand parasites and diseases that affect humans.

Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist (MOS 68U)

Length: 14 weeks

Summary: Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists focus on specific areas of the body as the name implies. The length of AIT is 14 weeks for MOS 68U. Job training introduces suture removal and performing minor ENT procedures.

Respiratory Specialist (MOS 68V)

Length: 36 weeks

Summary: Army Respiratory Specialists (MOS 68V) must attend a lengthy amount of AIT. MOS 68V learn a number of practical skills including emergency medical treatment, basic nursing care, minor surgical procedures, and clinical laboratory duties. Methods for diagnosing diseases are also part of the instruction.

Combat Medic Specialist (MOS 68W)

Length: 16 weeks

Summary: Future Health Care Specialists serve an important function in the U.S. Army. Advanced individual training is designated at 16 weeks for MOS 68W. You’ll serve as a first responder in emergencies to triage injuries in order to save lives. 

Behavioral Health Specialist (MOS 68X)

Length: 20 weeks

Summary: Army Behavioral Health Specialists (MOS 68X) have 20 weeks of required AIT. Some of the training takes place at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Behavioral Health Specialists learn more about the human body and mental health. Basic nursing care, and emergency medical treatment are also introduced. 

Eye Specialist (MOS 68Y)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Future Eye Specialists in the U.S. Army attend 13 weeks of advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston. Army MOS 68Y Specialists learn more about patient care and working on a medical team. Your primary duties are to assist ophthalmologists and optometrists.

AIT in Fort Eustis, Virginia

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Aircraft Powerplant Repairer (MOS 15B)

Length: 18 weeks

Summary: Army Aircraft Powerplant Repairers receive their training at Fort Eustis in Virginia. The duration of the school is 18 weeks and subjects include the repair of hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems. MOS 15B recruits are also taught engine disassembly, inspection, and repair.

Aircraft Powertrain Repairer (MOS 15D)

Length: 18 weeks

Summary: Future Aircraft Powertrain Repairers have comparative AIT to MOS 15B. After completing 18 weeks of AIT, Aircraft Powertrain Repairers progress to a permanent assignment. Lessons include work on hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems.

Aircraft Electrician (MOS 15F)

Length: 19 weeks

Summary: Aircraft Electricians receive their training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, like many other mechanics and technicians of the U.S. Army. The duration of the school is 19 weeks. It combines on-the-job instruction with classroom learning. The focus is primarily on electrical theory and system maintenance of relevant aircraft components.

Aircraft Structural Repairer (MOS 15G)

Length: 15 weeks

Summary: Future Aircraft Structural Repairers (MOS 15G) spend 15 weeks at advanced individual training at Fort Eustis. Lessons focus on engine disassembly and repair as well as hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems. MOS 15G learn how to repair aluminum, steel, and fiberglass airframes and coverings.

AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15R)

Length: 24 weeks

Summary: The specialized Army Repairer (MOS 15R) spends 24 weeks of advanced individual training preparing for the job role. Army MOS 15R Repairers focus on AH-64 Attack Helicopter hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems.

OH-58D/ARH Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15S)

Length: 14 weeks

Summary: Army AIT for OH-58D/ARH Helicopter Repairers is very similar to MOS 15R, but with a different type of helicopter. The training is slightly shorter in duration (14 weeks compared to 15 weeks). You will also learn more about hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems related to OH-58D/ARH Helicopters.

UH-60 Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15T)

Length: 15 weeks

Summary: Army MOS 15T Repairers are assigned to UH-60 Helicopters. The advanced individual training is comparable to MOS 15S and MOS 15R. Training also takes place at Fort Eustis in Virginia. Army MOS 15T Repairers learn about engine disassembly and repair, hydraulic systems, and airframes/coverings.

CH-47 Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15U)

Length: 17 weeks

Summary: Army MOS 15U Repairers have comparative training and job duties like other mechanics at Fort Eustis. Advanced individual training for MOS 15U is 17 weeks. The focus is on components related to CH-47 Helicopters.

Armament/Electrical/Avionic Systems Repairer (MOS 15Y)

Length: 23 weeks

Summary: Army Armament/Electrical/Avionic Repairers (MOS 15Y) spend 23 weeks mastering their craft in AIT. The subjects in the school include electrical theory, soldering techniques, and electrical system maintenance.

Cargo Specialist (MOS 88H)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: Army Cargo Specialists receive eight weeks of AIT. Learning is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom studies. Cargo Specialists learn how to operate forklifts, power winches, container handlers, and cranes. You also develop techniques for loading and storing cargo. There is also a huge emphasis on safety during training.

Watercraft Operator (MOS 88K)

Length: 6 weeks

Summary: Future Watercraft Operators (MOS 88K) spend six weeks at advanced individual training. The training takes place at Fort Eustis in Virginia. Some of the skills you acquire through training include boat handling techniques, standing-watch procedures, use of communications systems, log and message handling, and navigational mathematics.

Watercraft Engineer (MOS 88L)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Watercraft Engineers also receive their advanced individual training at Fort Eustis. Learning incorporates internal combustion engine theory. There is also a focus on repairing electronic and electrical machinery systems. Service and repair of fuel injection systems are vital to the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Railway Equipment Repairer (MOS 88P) *National Guard ONLY*

Length: 5 weeks

Summary: Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of training information available online for Railway Equipment Repairers (MOS 88P). The Military Occupational Specialty is not incredibly popular. Training lasts five weeks at Fort Eustis.

Railway Section Repairer (MOS 88T) *National Guard ONLY*

Length: 5 weeks

Summary: The same is true of Railway Section Repairers (MOS 88T). While the job duties are important, not many MOS 88T are needed in the U.S. Army. The duration of the school is five weeks, like MOS 88P.

Railway Operations Crewmember (MOS 88U)

Length: 5 weeks

Summary: Army Railway Operations Crewmembers (MOS 88U) spend about the same amount of time at AIT as MOS 88T and MOS 88P. The length of AIT is five weeks and covers the necessary job skills for the assignment.

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AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia

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Paralegal Specialist (MOS 27D)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Paralegal Affair Specialists have their AIT conducted at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Subjects covered will include legal terminology and research techniques, preparation of legal documents, the Army judicial process, and how to conduct witness interviews.

Transportation Management Coordinator (MOS 88N)

Length: 6 weeks

Summary: Transportation Management Coordinators receive just over a month of AIT. Subjects include planning and scheduling transportation for troops, cargo, and equipment.

Ammunition Specialist (MOS 89B)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Ammunition Specialists are responsible for the care and management of ammunition and explosives. This AIT will teach ammunition specialists how to receive, store, issue, and inspect weapon systems in order to determine if they need to be repaired or destroyed.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)Specialist (MOS 89D)

Length: 37 weeks

Summary: EODs are the Army’s tactical and technical explosive experts. They learn how to research and identify ordnance and then explosively dispose of the hazardous weapons and ammunition. 

Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (MOS 91B)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Future Army Wheeled Vehicle Mechanics (MOS 91B) receive their training at Fort Lee, Virginia. The duration of the school is 13 weeks. Advanced individual training combines classroom teachings with real-world experience.

Utilities Equipment Specialist (MOS 91C)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Future Utilities Equipment Specialists receive 13 weeks of advanced individual training (AIT) at Fort Lee. Utilities Equipment Specialists (MOS 91C) alternates time between the classroom and field instruction.

Tactical Power Generation Specialist (MOS 91D)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Tactical Power Generation Specialists also attend Fort Lee in Virginia for AIT. The duration of the school is 10 weeks. MOS 91D get an opportunity to use field instruction to maintain electrical power systems before performing the duties full-time in the Army.

Allied Trade Specialist (MOS 91E)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Allied Trades Specialists receive their advanced individual training in Virginia. Army MOS 91E divides time between the classroom and field training. You’ll learn more about different machine types, setup, and operation. Safety is also an emphasis on most types of training, including MOS 91E.

Small Arms/Artillery Repairer (MOS 91F)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Army Small Arms/Artillery Repairers (MOS 91F) receive AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia. The duration of the school is 7 weeks. Soldiers are taught about electronic and mechanical concepts. They also must learn how to understand schematics, blueprints, drawings, and wiring diagrams.

Fire Control Repairer (MOS 91G)

Length: 34 weeks

Summary: Army Fire Control Specialists (MOS 91G) receive training at Fort Lee, Virginia. The duration of the school is 34 weeks. There is very little else reported at advanced individual training for MOS 91G.

Tracked Vehicle Repairer (MOS 91H)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Future Tracked Vehicle Repairers (MOS 91H) spend 13 weeks learning their craft at Fort Lee. The focus is on engine repair and tune-up. Repairers learn how to troubleshoot mechanical and electrical problems. Body repair and panel replacement are also an emphasis.

Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer (MOS 91J)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Army Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairers spend 10 weeks at Fort Lee, Virginia. Like other repairers, the best training is a mixture of classroom studies and hands-on experience. Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairers focus on marine engine maintenance and repair.

Artillery Mechanic (MOS 91P)

Length: 15 weeks

Summary: Future Artillery Mechanics need 15 weeks to complete Army AIT. Some of the skills you will acquire include electronic and mechanical concepts and principles. Mechanics also develop strategies for using electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipment, among other things.

Stryker Systems Maintainer (MOS 91S)

Length: 17 weeks

Summary: Army Stryker Systems Maintainers (MOS 91S) anticipate 17 weeks to complete Army AIT. Maintainers experience a combination of field instruction and classroom learning. The repair of hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems is important to MOS 91S.

Automated Logistics Specialist (MOS 92A)

Length: 12 weeks

Summary: Army Automated Logistics Specialists (MOS 92A) have a shorter length of stay at Fort Lee, Virginia, compared to many other Military Occupational Specialties. The duration of the school is for 12 weeks. Automated Logistics Specialists spend time handling and storing stock during training.

Petroleum Supply Specialist (MOS 92F)

Length: 11 weeks

Summary: Petroleum Supply Specialists need 11 weeks to complete Army advanced individual training. You will learn how to operate airplane refueling systems and equipment. There is also a focus on planning and scheduling petroleum transport and other logistics.

Culinary Specialist (MOS 92G)

Length: 9 weeks

Summary: Army Culinary Specialists (MOS 92G) attend Fort Lee, Virginia for training. AIT for MOS 92G is nine weeks. Subjects include standard and dietic menus and recipes, food and supply ordering, and proper food storage.

Petroleum Laboratory Specialist (MOS 92L)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Advanced individual training (AIT) for Petroleum Laboratory Specialists is 10 weeks. The learning experience is a balance between classroom studies and hands-on experience. Army MOS 92L uses lab equipment, like centrifuges and spectrometers during training.

Mortuary Affairs Specialist (MOS 92M)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Mortuary Affairs Specialists (MOS 92M) serve an important function within the U.S. Army. The duration of the school is seven weeks. Advanced individual training teaches you the necessary job skills to perform the delicate MOS professionally.

Parachute Rigger (MOS 92R)

Length: 16 weeks

Summary: Army Parachute Riggers (MOS 92R) are among the most desirable Military Occupational Specialties. Riggers need 16 weeks to complete AIT. Soldiers learn parachute rigging techniques, maintenance of equipment, and repairing inflatable rafts and survival equipment.

Shower and Laundry Specialist (MOS 92S)

Length: 6 weeks

Summary: Prospective Shower and Laundry Specialists (MOS 92S) spend six weeks learning about the job at Fort Lee, Virginia. Advanced individual training is a combination of classroom learning and on-the-job training.

Water Treatment Specialist (MOS 92W)

Length: 14 weeks

Summary: Army Water Treatment Specialists (MOS 92W) receive AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia. The duration of the school is 14 weeks, and subjects include identifying health hazards and inspecting food products.

Unit Supply Specialist (MOS 92Y)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: Unit Supply Specialists are one of many Military Occupational Specialties that train at Fort Lee. Advanced individual training is designated at eight weeks for MOS 92Y. You get hands-on experience handling and storing stock during AIT.

Land Combat Electronic Missile System Repairer  (MOS 94A)

Length: 22 weeks

Summary: These repairers supervise or perform field and sustainment level maintenance on a variety of systems, including the M-220 antitank missile system, Javelin systems, and the Bradley fighting vehicle TOW subsystem. Subjects included at this AIT are electrical, mechanical, and circuit elements, optical and infrared components, and quality control measures.

Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Maintenance Support Specialist  (MOS 94H)

Length: 34 weeks

Summary: These specialists maintain the Army’s precision instruments. Subjects include calibration of test equipment, electronic theory, schematics, indirect and alternating current, and resistance and circuit analysis.

Radar Repairer (MOS 94M)

Length: 70 weeks

Summary: This MOS splits time between 2 locations. The first 37 weeks are at Fort Lee, VA while the remaining 33 weeks are finished at Fort Sill, OK. As important members of the Army’s communication team, Radar Repairers will be trained to repair, maintain, and troubleshoot radar equipment.

Short Range Air Defense System Repairer (MOS 94T)

Length: 18 weeks

Summary: Responsible for maintenance on short-range air defense missile and gun systems, subjects covered at this AIT include gyroscopes, electro-optical fire control components, and missile mounts. Training is provided on how to maintain and repair these systems.

Automatic Test Systems Operator and Maintainer (MOS 94Y)

Length: 34 weeks

Summary: These operators are responsible for running the base shop test facility. Training will be provided to learn how to perform electronic maintenance and testing, installing weapon system test programs, and repairing or replacing defective instruments.


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AIT in Fort Story, Virginia

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Musician (MOS 42R) *Army ONLY*

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: An Army Muscian (MOS 42R) is an unconventional Military Occupational Specialty. The training for the unique job takes place at Norfolk, Virginia. The Armed Forces School of Music is housed at Fort Story. MOS 42R receives lessons on music theory as well as private lessons.

Special Band Musician(MOS 42S) *Army ONLY*

Length: N/A

Summary: A Special Bands Musician (MOS 42S) is comparable to MOS 42R. However, a Special Band Musician is not required to attend AIT since they are already considered advanced in their musicianship. Regardless, continuous training and practice are necessary to maintain proficiency.

AIT in Yorktown NWS, Virginia

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Optical Laboratory Specialist (MOS 68H)

Length: 24 weeks

Summary: Optical Laboratory Specialists (MOS 68H) are the only Army MOS that has principal AIT at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station in Virginia. Advanced individual training lasts 24 weeks for MOS 68H. It includes practice in building and repairing optical devices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Surviving AIT prepares you for your job role in the U.S. Army. Image:

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Army AIT (Advanced Individual Training):

Do you get paid while you’re in AIT?

Yes, Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) are paid.

The Army considers new recruits to be on “active-duty” status the moment they begin Basic Combat Training.

Therefore, you will receive compensation for Army AIT based on your military rank.

Most new recruits start out at the Army pay scale of Private (E-1) or Private Second Class (E-2).

What is the process for AIT?

Soldiers traditionally begin Advanced Individual Training immediately after graduating from Basic Combat Training.

Basic Combat Training (BCT) in the U.S. Army lasts 10 weeks and tests your military readiness.

After graduating from BCT, you will gather your belongings and transfer to your new AIT training location.

Army AIT ranges from four to 52 weeks depending on your qualified Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Some Military Occupational Specialties will also require training at multiple locations.

AIT training is broken down into two phases: Phase IV and Phase V.

After varying lengths of time, depending on MOS and satisfactory performance, trainees are awarded with Phase V.

Phase IV focuses heavily on the values of the Army along with an introduction to relevant job skills and classroom learning.

Army AIT Phase V training ranges from a few weeks to months.

It combines classroom learning with practical, field instruction.

Can you use your phone during AIT?

Recruits that make it through Basic Combat Training begin to receive more privileges, including allowed phone time.

Soldiers may begin using phones during AIT Phase IV training with good behavior and performance.

Recruits also may receive weekend liberties starting with Phase IV.

Weekend passes are granted through the unit, and in some cases may receive on-base liberty passes for the weekend by Phase IV.

However, off-base liberty passes are traditionally not granted until the soldier reaches Phase V of AIT training.

The general rule is the more time you serve, the more opportunities you get to gain liberties, such as being able to stay away from the base overnight.

It is important to remember that cell phone time and weekend liberties are not guaranteed, and must be earned by good performance and behavior.

What is the shortest AIT in the Army?

An Army Combat Engineer (MOS 12B) and Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember (MOS 13M) have the shortest AIT at four weeks.

Some of the longest AIT training periods are for specialists in the medical field as well as Fire Control Repairers (MOS 91G), Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Maintenance Support Specialists (MOS 94H), and Automatic Test Systems Operator and Maintainers (MOS 94Y). These MOS fields all require 34 weeks of AIT.

What happens after Army AIT?

After completing Phase IV and Phase V of Army AIT, there is a graduation ceremony.

It is an important event as your mandatory, basic, and advanced training with the Army has concluded.

You are now ready to report to your unit and begin carrying out the day-to-day duties of your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Soldiers are usually granted a short-term leave from the military (around 10 days) before needing to report to their next unit.

The first unit that soldiers check into after AIT school is considered their first Permanent Duty Assignment, or PDA.

Can you take your spouse to Army AIT?

If your AIT lasts over 20 weeks, the Army will pay to move your spouse to your base. Once there for 11 weeks, you may live off-base with your spouse with the permission of your company commander. Learn more about the benefits of being a military wife here.

How much freedom will I get in Army AIT?

Your freedom will initially be limited during the first weeks of AIT, although you may get day passes on weekends or overnight passes after the first month. After week 9, your liberty is similar to any other active duty soldier.

How long between AIT and my first duty station?

You may be authorized up to 10 days of advance leave after you graduate AIT before you must report to your first post. If you’re being stationed overseas, you may be authorized as much as 15 days in advance.

Can you have visitors in AIT?

You have little time for visitors during the first 4 to 8 weeks of AIT. After week 9, you have the same freedoms as other soldiers and can have visitors when you’re off duty.


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Army AIT is your final step before your first Permanent Duty Assignment (PDA). Image: Flickr

Army AIT (Advanced Individual Training) is conducted immediately after finishing Basic Combat Training.

The length of Army AIT and training location depends on your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Regardless, Army AIT is designed to teach you the job skills needed to perform your MOS.

Advanced Individual Training is a combination of classroom learning and field instruction, providing real-world experience.

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Learn more about Army Advanced Individual Training, or AIT, including the locations it's currently conducted at, as well as a training summary for each location.

Originally posted on 12/18/19

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