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.