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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 its location and length of time needed to complete the training.

What is Army AIT?

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

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

Boot camp in the Army lasts ten 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 of 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 Speciality (MOS). Image: Army.com

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 ten different states:

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

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

AIT Training Locations

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

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 off every single secondary training AIT location.

Speaking with a local Army recruiter can provide more details on the bases 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 Speciality (MOS). Image: Army.com

AIT in Fort Rucker, Alabama

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 Benning, Georgia

Infantryman (MOS 11B)

Length: 4 weeks

Summary: Future Army infantrymen is 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: 4 weeks

Summary: Indirect Fire Infantryman 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.

Calvary Scout (MOS 19D)

Length: 6 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: 5 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: 17 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: 13 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.

AIT in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

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 ad 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.

Plumber (MOS 12K)

Length: 6 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.

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 Line Distribution Specialist (MOS 12Q)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: Army Power Line Distribution Specialists spend eight 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: 6 weeks

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

Technical Engineer (MOS 12T)

Length: 18 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: 5 weeks

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

Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (MOS 12W)

Length: 8 weeks

Summary: Carpentry and Masonry Specialists spend eight weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The subjects of the school include the basics of concrete technology, 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.

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

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Specialists spend ten 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 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Cannon Crewmember (MOS 13B)

Length: 14 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Cannon Crewmembers (MOS 13B) are the only Military Occupational Speciality (MOS) that receives its principal AIT at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The duration of the school is 14 weeks. The subjects include calculating targets manually and electronically. Army MOS 13B also learn how to handle ammunition and operate gun systems.

AIT in Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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: 13 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 anaylzing financial data.

AIT in Goodfellow AFB, Texas

Firefighter (MOS 12M)

Length: 14 weeks

Summary: Future Army Fightfighters (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.

AIT in Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Biomedical Equipment Specialist (MOS 68A)

Length: 42 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 42 weeks. Training includes hands-on practice in repairing and replacing equipment components.

Orthopedic Specialist (MOS 68B)

Length: 18 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: 20 weeks

Summary: Future Army Operating Room Specialists attend Fort Sam Houston for initial training. The overall duration of MOS 68D AIT is 20 weeks. The subjects include emergency medical treatment, basic nursing care, and minor surgical procedures.

Dental Specialist (MOS 68E)

Length: 9 weeks

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

Physical Therapy Specialist (MOS 68F)

Length: 32 weeks

Summary: Army Physical Therapy Specialists (MOS 68F) receive 32 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: 7 weeks

Summary: Future Medical Logistics Specialists (MOS 68J) also have a shorter length of advanced individual training. The duration of the school is seven 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: 53 weeks

Summary: Army Medical Laboratory Specialists receive a portion of their training at Fort Sam Houston. Army AIT is extensive for MOS 68K at 53 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: 38 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: 16 weeks

Summary: Army Nutrition Care Specialists (MOS 68M) receive 16 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 and sanitation, and assessing dietary requirements.

Cardiovascular Specialist (MOS 68N)

Length: 62 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 62 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: 47 weeks

Summary: Army Radiology Specialists attend a portion of their training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The advanced individual training lasts 47 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: 16 weeks

Summary: Preventive Medicine Specialists spend a portion of their training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The duration of the school is 16 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: 19 weeks

Summary: Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists focus on specific areas of the body as the name implies. The length of AIT is 19 weeks for MOS 68U. Job training introduces suture removal and performing minor ENT procedures.

Respiratory Specialist (MOS 68V)

Length: 45 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.

Health Care 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. Some skills you will learn include patient care techniques, emergency medical techniques, and plaster-casting techniques.

Mental Health Specialist (MOS 68X)

Length: 17 weeks

Summary: Army Mental Health Specialists (MOS 68X) have 17 weeks of required AIT. Some of the training takes place at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Mental Health Specialists learn more about the human body and mental health. Basic nursing care, emergency medical treatment, and minor surgical procedures are also introduced.

Eye Specialist (MOS 68Y)

Length: 18 weeks

Summary: Future Eye Specialists in the U.S. Army attend 18 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

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 repair of hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems. MOS 15B recruits are also taught engine disassembly, inspection, and repair.

Aircraft Powertrain Repairer (MOS 15D)

Length: 23 weeks

Summary: Future Aircraft Powertrain Repairers have comparative AIT to MOS 15B, albeit slightly longer in duration. After completing 23 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: 15 weeks

Summary: The specialized Army Repairer (MOS 15R) spends 15 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: 16 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.

Observation/Scout Helicopter Repairer (MOS 15V)

Length: 17 weeks

Summary: Another important mechanical position of the U.S. Army. Observation/Scout Helicopter Repairers receive specialized training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Comparable to other technician jobs, training is a combination of classroom learning and field practice.

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 is vital to the Military Occupational Speciality (MOS).

Railway Equipment Repairer (MOS 88P)

Length: 5 weeks

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

Railway Section Repairer (MOS 88T)

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: 7 weeks

Summary: Army Railway Operations Crewmembers (MOS 88U) spend more time at AIT compared to MOS 88T and MOS 88P. The length of AIT is seven weeks and covers the necessary job skills for assignment.

AIT in Fort Lee, Virginia

Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (MOS 91B)

Length: 13 weeks

Summary: Future Army Wheeled Vehicle Repairers (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) alter time between the classroom and field instruction.

Power Generation Equipment Repairer (MOS 91D)

Length: 11 weeks

Summary: Aspiring Power Generation Equipment Repairers also attend Fort Lee in Virginia for AIT. The duration of the school is 11 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 Trades Specialist (MOS 91E)

Length: 19 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: 14 weeks

Summary: Army Small Arms/Artillery Repairers (MOS 91F) receive AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia. The duration of the school is 14 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: 19 weeks

Summary: Army Fire Control Specialists (MOS 91G) receive training at Fort Lee, Virginia. The duration of the school is 19 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 is also an emphasis.

Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer (MOS 91J)

Length: 11 weeks

Summary: Army Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairers spend 11 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.

Self Propelled Artillery Systems Maintainer (MOS 91P)

Length: 14 weeks

Summary: Future Self Propelled Artillery Systems Maintainers need 14 weeks to complete Army AIT. Some of the skills you will acquire include electronic and mechanical concepts and principles. Maintainers 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: 10 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 ten 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.

Food Service Specialist (MOS 92G)

Length: 8 weeks

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

Petroleum Laboratory Specialist (MOS 92L)

Length: 11 weeks

Summary: Advanced individual training (AIT) for Petroleum Laboratory Specialists is 11 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: 8 weeks

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

Parachute Rigger (MOS 92R)

Length: 12 weeks

Summary: Army Parachute Riggers (MOS 92R) are among the most desirable Military Occupational Specialties. Riggers need 12 weeks to complete AIT. Soldiers learn parachute rigging techniques, maintenance of equipment, and repairing inflatable rafts and survival equipment.

Shower/Laundry and Clothing Repair Specialist (MOS 92S)

Length: 7 weeks

Summary: Prospective Shower/Laundry and Clothing Repair Specialists (MOS 92S) spend seven 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: 9 weeks

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

AIT in Fort Story, Virginia

Aircraft Bandperson (MOS 42R)

Length: 10 weeks

Summary: An Aircraft Bandsperson (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 Bandperson (MOS 42S)

Length: N/A

Summary: A Special Bandsperson (MOS 42S) is comparable to MOS 42R. However, a Special Bandsperson 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

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

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

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) is paid.

The Army considers new recruits on the “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 ten 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 Speciality (MOS).

Some Military Occupational Specialties will also require to train at multiple locations.

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

Army AIT Phase IV training consists of three weeks, regardless of the MOS.

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

Meanwhile, 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 as early as 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 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 Infantryman (MOS 11B) currently has the shortest amount of time in AIT at four weeks.

Indirect Fire Infantrymen (MOS 11C), Combat Engineers (MOS 12B), and Bridge Crewmembers (MOS 12C) also have short-term AIT at four to five weeks.

Some of the longest AIT training periods are for specialists in the medical field as well as Divers (MOS 12D) and Aircraft Powertrain Repairers (MOS 15D).

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 the 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.

Conclusion

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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.

Rob V.

Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics.

Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce.His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting.

Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.
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