Who Is Eligible For Space A Flights?

FacebookTwitterPinterestEmailShare
Airman 1st Class John Virgin, a passenger service agent from the 3rd Aerial Port Squadron, explains Air Mobility Command's Space-A travel options available at Pope Army Airfield to a customer. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)
Airman 1st Class John Virgin, a passenger service agent from the 3rd Aerial Port Squadron, explains Air Mobility Command's Space-A travel options available at Pope Army Airfield to a customer. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

The following is a partial listing of eligible individuals and their category of travel. In Space A terms, your "category" of travel is your priority. The numerical order of space-available categories indicates the precedence of movement between categories; e.g., travelers in Category III move before travelers in Category IV.

You are placed in one of these six categories based on a combination of two criteria: your status (for example, active duty Uniformed Services member, DoDDS teacher, etc.), and your situation (for example, emergency leave, and ordinary leave, etc.).

Once accepted for movement, a space-available passenger may not be "bumped" by another space-available passenger, regardless of category.

A complete listing of eligible passengers by category is found on the AMC website.

Category I - Emergency leave travel

  • US citizen, DOD Civilian Employees stationed overseas
  • Full-time, paid personnel of the American Red Cross serving with US military overseas
  • Military family members whose sponsors are stationed within the Continental United States (CONUS) and the emergency exists overseas
  • Family members of US citizen civilian DOD employees when both sponsor and dependents are stationed at the same location overseas

Category II - Accompanied Environmental & Morale Leave (EML)

  • Sponsors on EML and accompanied family members.
  • DoD Dependent School (DoDDS) teachers and their accompanied family members in EML status during school year holiday, vacation periods.

Category III - Ordinary Leave, House Hunting TDY

  • Military members on ordinary leave and military patients on convalescent leave. 
  • Military members on permissive temporary duty (TDY) orders for house hunting in conjunction with PCS orders. Military member can be accompanied by one family member
  • Dependents of military members deployed for more than 365 consecutive days
  • Bonafide family members (up to age 23 with a valid ID card) of a military member when accompanied by their sponsor who is in an ordinary leave status between overseas and CONUS

Category IV - Unaccompanied dependents on EML

  • Dependents of military members deployed more than 120 consecutive days
  • Unaccompanied family members (18 years or older) traveling on EML orders. Family members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult family member who is traveling EML
  • DoDDS teachers or family members (accompanied or unaccompanied) in an EML status during summer break

Category V - Permissive TDY, Students, Dependents, Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence

  • Unaccompanied command-sponsored dependents
  • Students whose sponsor is stationed in Alaska or Hawaii
  • Students enrolled in school INCONUS when the sponsor is stationed overseas
  • Military personnel traveling on permissive TDY orders for other than house hunting

Category VI - Retirees, Dependents, Reservists & Disabled Veterans

  • National Guard/Reserve components/members of the Ready Reserve and members of the Standby Reserve who are on the Active Status List.
  • Retired military members who are issued DD Form 2 and eligible to receive retired or retainer pay & their family members, family members are only eligible if they have an ID card and travel with retired service member.
  • Veterans with a VA rated permanent 100% disability and their dependents. Dependents must be accompanied by the sponsor and travel must be in CONUS or directly between the CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii or U.S. territories
  • Surviving spouses of retirees or of service members who died on active duty or training status. Their dependents may also travel if accompanied by the surviving spouse.

Stay on Top of Your Military Benefits

Military benefits are always changing. Keep up with everything from pay to health care by subscribing to Military.com, and get access to up-to-date pay charts and more with all latest benefits delivered straight to your inbox.

Show Full Article
Travel Benefits