Space A General Information
- Space available passengers travel only after all duty cargo and passengers have been accommodated. All available seats are released, but there is no guaranteed movement in the preferred time frame. Have sufficient funds available to complete travel using commercial transportation if necessary.
- Space available (Space A) eligible travelers may not use their privilege for personal gain or in connection with business enterprises or employment. Space A travel may not be used to establish a home or when international or theater restrictions prohibit such travel.
- Family members must be legal dependents – spouses and children – of military personnel (including National Guard and Reserve members).
- Space A seats are normally identified as early as 2-3 hours and as late as 30 minutes prior to departure. Recommend checking with the passenger service center for the space available show time prior to departing the terminal. Be ready for immediate processing and boarding.
- Travelers are assigned a category (see below) upon registering for travel and compete for seats within categories based on the date and time of registration. This date and time of sign-up is valid through to destination; a new date and time are assigned for return travel. Travelers may stand by for any available flight.
- Space required passengers or cargo may require the removal of Space A passengers at any point. If removed en route, travelers may re-register with their original date and time of registration. Passenger agents will assign a new date and time to any country changed or added to an application. Names of all originating space available passengers who depart on a flight will be removed from all destinations. Travelers should be prepared to purchase onward or return commercial transportation, meals, and lodging.
- Travelers remain on the register for 60 days or the duration of their leave orders or authorization, whichever occurs first.
- SPECIAL NOTE: Recently a friend of mine asked if I could find out if he was eligible for “Space A” travel. He is a Vietnam veteran with a 100% disabled with the VA and has been issued a DOD ID card with Commissary, BX and MWR privileges.
•Here is the response I received from AMC:
*Per AMCI 24-101 Vol 14, para 21.1.5. Disabled Veterans “not retired”, and Widows/Widowers of active duty/retired military personnel do not have Space A travel privileges. Although entitled to other privileges such as MWR, Exchange, Commissary, etc., do not have Space-A travel privileges. You must have in your possession a DD Form 2, United States Uniformed Services Identification Card (Retired), as proof of being retired which will serve as a means of determining travel eligibility.
*If you are medically retired with a DD Form 2765 then you are not eligible for Space-A travel.
If the member was issued a DD Form 2 (gray/blue) “Armed Forces Identification Card,” or DD Form 2-NOAA (gray/blue) “Uniformed *Services Identification card,” and eligible to receive retired/retainer pay, are eligible to fly Space-A.
*Also, officers retired for physical disability with an identification card with “EROL” (Emergency Retired Officer List) in place of the Service or Social Security number
If you have questions or comments, please contact an AMC supervisor or use AMC Form 253, Air Passenger Comment, available in every major AMC operating location.
Registration Passengers may register for travel at Passenger Service Centers in the passenger terminal in person by fax, mail, or E-mail. Sponsors who register in person for family members traveling with them should present all required documents: Identification cards (DD Form 2,Armed Forces Identification Card), passports, immunization records, and visas when required by the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide. Travel documents must be presented when selected for travel. Travelers may select up to five countries. We recommend the “all” choice for the 5th destination so that the traveler may take advantage of unscheduled unique travel opportunities.
The following documentation is required. Please have them ready for review when selected for travel:
- Active Duty Uniformed Services Member (includes National Guard and Reserve members on active duty in excess of 30 days and Cadets and Midshipmen of the U.S. Service Academies): DD Form 2 (Green), US Armed Forces ID Card (Active), Form 2 NOAA (Green), Uniformed Services ID and Privilege Card (Active), or PHS Form 1866-3 (Green), US Public Health Service ID Card (Active), and a valid leave authorization or evidence of pass status.
- Retired Uniformed Service Members: DD Form 2 (Blue), US Armed Forces ID Card (Retired), DD Form 2 NOAA (Blue), Uniformed Services ID Card (Retired), or PHS Form 1866-3 (Blue), US Public Health Service ID Card (Retired).
- National Guard and Reserve Members: Authorized Reserve Component Members (National Guard and Reserve) of the Ready Reserve and members of the Standby Reserve who are on the Active Status List: DD Form 2 (Red), Armed Forces of the United States ID Card (Reserve) and DD Form 1853, Authentication of Reserve Status for Travel Eligibility.
- Retired Reservists Entitled to Retired Pay at Age 60: DD Form 2 (Red) and a notice of retirement eligibility as described in DoD Directive 1200.15. If the automated DD Form 2 (Red) has been issued, the member is registered in his or her service personnel system as a Reserve retiree entitled pay at age 60, and a notice of retirement is not required.
- Retired Reservists Qualified for Retired Pay: DD Form 2 (Blue), US Armed Forces ID Card (Retired), DD Form 2 NOAA (Blue), Uniformed Services ID Card (Retired), or PHS Form 1866-3 (Blue), US Public Health Service ID Card (Retired).
- On Active Duty for 30 Days or Less: DD Form 2 (Red) and orders placing the Reservist on active duty and a valid leave authorization or evidence of pass status.
- ROTC, Nuclear Power Officer Candidate (NUPOC), and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) Members: When enrolled in an advanced ROTC, NUPOC, or CEC course or enrolled under the financial assistance program: DD Form 2 (Red) and DD Form 1853.
- Family Members of Uniformed Services Members: DD Form 1173, United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card.
- EML Travelers: Travel orders issued by the Unified Command. Participants of the EML program may take no more than two trips per year and may not be taken within 6 months of the beginning or end of the service.
Categories of Travel The following is a partial listing of eligible individuals and their category of travel. A complete listing of eligible passengers by category is contained in DoD 4515.13-R.
Category 1- Emergency Leave Unfunded Travel Transportation by the most expeditious routing only for bona fide immediate family emergencies, as determined by DOD Directive 1327.5 This travel privilege shall not be used in lieu of a funded travel entitlement.
- Uniformed Services members with emergency status indicated in leave orders.
- U.S.citizen civilians stationed overseas and employees of the Uniformed Services/ Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) activities.
- Dependents of member of the Uniformed Services when accompanied by their sponsor.
- Non-command sponsored dependents of member of the Uniformed Services, residing overseas with the sponsor, one-way to the emergency destination.
- Dependents, command sponsored of :
- U.S. citizen civilian employees of the Uniformed Service,
- U.S. citizen civilian paid by the NAF stationed overseas, or
- American Red Cross full-time paid personnel serving with a DOD Component overseas.
Category 2 – Sponsors in an Environmental Morale Leave (EML) status and their dependents traveling with them, also in EML status. “Sponsors” includes:
- Uniformed Services Members.
- U.S. citizen civilian employees of the Army Forces who are eligible for Government-funded transportation to the United States at tour completion (including NAF employees).
- American Red Cross full-time, paid personnel on duty with DOD Component overseas.
- USO professional staff personnel on duty with the Uniformed Services.
- DODDS Teachers during the school year and for Employer-approved training during recess periods.
Category 3 – Ordinary Leave, House Hunting Permissive TDY, Medal of Honor Holders, Foreign Military, and other.
- Uniformed Services members in a leave or pass status.
- Reserve components on active duty, in leave or pass status.
- Dependents of a member of the Uniformed Services when accompanied by their sponsor in a leave status.
- Uniformed Services members traveling under permissive TDY orders for house hunting incident to a pending PCS.
- One dependent may accompany a Uniformed Services member.
- Medal of Honor recipients and their dependents when accompanied by their sponsor.
- Foreign cadets and midshipmen attending U.S. Service academies, in a leave status.
- Dependents of foreign exchange Service members on permanent duty with the Department of Defense when accompanied by their sponsor.
Category 4 – Unaccompanied Dependents on EML and DODDS Teachers on EML During Summer.
- Dependents traveling under the EML Program, unaccompanied by their sponsor.
- DODDS teachers of dependents accompanied or unaccompanied traveling under the EML Program.
Category 5 – Permissive TDY (Non-House Hunting) Students, Command Sponsored Dependents.
- Dependents (children) 18-23 years of age who are college students attending in residence at an overseas branch of an American (U.S) university located in the same overseas area in which they reside, command sponsored, stationed overseas with their sponsor.
- Command-sponsored dependents stationed overseas with their sponsor are permitted to travel unaccompanied to and from the nearest overseas military academy testing site to take scheduled entrance examinations for entry into any of the U.S. Service Academies.
- Command-sponsored dependents of Uniformed Services members accompanied or unaccompanied who are stationed overseas
Category 6 – Retired, Dependents, Reserve, ROTC
- Retired Uniformed Services members
- Dependents of retired Uniformed Service members, when accompanied by their sponsor.
- Dependents, command sponsored, stationed overseas with their sponsor are permitted unaccompanied travel to the U.S. or enlisting in one of the Armed Forces when local enlistment in the overseas area is not authorized. If an applicant for Military Service is rejected, return travel to the overseas area may be provided under this eligibility.
- National Guard/Reserve component members and authorized Reserve component members entitled to retired pay at age 60 (gray area retirees) has limited space a travel.
- Newly commissioned ROTC officers who are awaiting call to extended active duty.