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Space Available Flight: Am I Eligible

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 in connection with serious illness, death, or impending death of a member of the immediate family of:

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

Category II - Accompanied Environmental Morale Leave (EML)

  • Sponsors on environmental and morale leave (EML) and accompanied family members.
  • DoD Dependent School (DoDDS) teachers and their accompanied family members in EML status during school year holiday, vacation periods or employer-approved training during recess periods.

Category III - Ordinary Leave, Relatives, House Hunting Permissive TDY, Medal of Honor Holders, and Foreign Military:

  • Members of the uniformed services in an ordinary or re-enlistment leave status and uniformed services patients on convalescent leave. Members on convalescent leave may not travel overseas unless their leave form is so annotated.
  • Military personnel traveling on permissive temporary duty (TDY) orders for house hunting
  • If the permissive TDY is for the purpose of permanent change of station house hunting, the member travels in Category III and can be accompanied by one family member
  • Dependents of military members deployed for more than 365 consecutive days
  • Bona fide family members (up to age 23 with a valid identification card) of a service member of the uniformed services when accompanied by their sponsor who is in an ordinary leave status within overseas areas between overseas stations and air terminals in the CONUS
  • Foreign exchange service members privileges to establish a home for family members in an overseas area or the CONUS on permanent duty with the DoD, when in a leave status.

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 Temporary Duty, Students, Dependents, Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence

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

Category VI - Retirees & Their Dependents

  • 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.
  • Family members (with a valid identification card) of retired members when accompanied by a sponsor.

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