AIT Frequently Asked Questions

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· What does "tier status" mean?

· What does Advanced Individual Training (AIT) consist of?

· Where do AIT Soldiers live while training?

· How long is AIT?

· Can my parents pick me up after graduation?

· Can I get a tattoo?

· Can I use supplements?

· What is the unit's cell phone policy? Are they allowed?

· Can I get an off-post pass for the weekend I graduate AIT?

· What are the graduation requirements for AIT?

· What items should a Soldier bring to AIT?

· What items should a Soldier not bring to AIT?

· Do Soldiers receive passes or leave while attending AIT? Can I visit my Soldier, or can my Soldier travel to visit me?

· How will I communicate with my Family, and how will they communicate with me while I am attending AIT?

What does "tier status" mean?

Tier 0 (Weeks 0-2): Use of company area facilities; dining facility; religious services; cell phones on Wednesday nights and weekends; personal electronics (limited, only on weekends); passes to visit the Fort Bragg Mini-Mall (limited, only on Sundays); weekend on-post pass (only garrison facilities). Must wear ACUs. No alcohol. No rental vehicles. No personal vehicles.

Tier 1 (Weeks 2-3): Use of company area facilities; dining facility; religious services; cell phones during non-duty hours; personal electronics during non-duty hours; limited weekday passes to the Fort Bragg Mini-Mall; weekend on-post passes for garrison facilities. Must wear ACUs. No alcohol. No rental vehicles. No personal vehicles.

Tier 2 (Weeks 4-10): Use of company area facilities; dining facility; religious services; cell phones during non-duty hours; personal electronics during non-duty hours; weekday on-post passes to garrison facilities. Civilian clothes authorized, but limited to off-duty weekdays and weekends. Mandatory sign-in and sign-out with duty-NCO or CQ. Mandatory weekend recall accountability formation Sundays at 8 p.m. No alcohol. No rental vehicles. No personal vehicles.

What does Advanced Individual Training (AIT) consist of?

Soldiers in AIT learn skills concerning their military occupational specialty (MOS). An MOS defines a Soldier's primary skill in the Army. During AIT, Soldiers continue the "Soldierization" process, with an increasing emphasis on individual responsibilities. AIT MOS instructors continue each Soldier's military education through training to include, but not limited to, classroom learning, physical fitness, the Army values, attention to detail, learning to cope with stress, and warrior tasks and battle drills.

Where do AIT Soldiers live while training?

Soldiers in AIT stay in rooms on Fort Bragg, N.C. that hold between four and six individuals. Female Soldiers live separately from male Soldiers.

How long is AIT?

Ten weeks.

Can my parents pick me up after graduation?

Yes, however, transportation arrangements will be made for you to your home or record. You must inform the platoon sergeant as soon as you know your parents or spouse is coming to pick you up. Travel arrangements are made weeks prior to Soldiers' graduation; without prior notification the Soldier will be required to take government-arranged transportation.

Can I get a tattoo?

TRADOC Regulation 350-6 dictates that IET recruit tattoo/brand policies apply to all active Army, U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers, whether non-prior service or prior service. As the "Soldierization" process continues, Soldiers gain knowledge of regulations and acceptable behaviors, therefore it is strongly discouraged for any Soldier in an IET status to obtain a physical marking (branding or tattoo) which may prohibit him or her from further military service.

Can I use supplements?

No. The battalion commander's policy letter strictly prohibits the use of weight training or dietary supplements. Supplements are defined as any product listing "supplemental facts" in place of "nutritional facts."

What is the unit's cell phone policy? Are they allowed?

Students' cell phone use policies are defined in the Tier descriptions above. However, the commanders, with the advice of their platoon sergeants, determine if an IET student continues to demonstrate the maturity to use a cell phone or similar device. Use of these devices is a privilege that the Soldier's company-level commander may deny. No cell phone use will be permitted during any time Soldiers are involved in a training event.

Can I get an off-post pass for the weekend I graduate AIT?

Soldiers who have Family members that attend AIT graduation and will be staying in the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg area for the weekend may be granted a pass. Only Soldiers with immediate Family members (parents, grandparents or spouse) will be able to sign out for a pass following BCT graduation. Fiancees, boyfriends or girlfriends will not be permitted to sign the Soldier out. Overnight passes are not authorized.

What are the graduation requirements for AIT?

Soldiers must pass all of the academic requirements for his or her MOS, score at least 60 points on each event in the Army Physical Fitness Test, show proficiency in warrior tasks and battle drills, meet the minimum physical and mental requirements for services, and most importantly, must demonstrate a willingness to live the Army values.

What items should a Soldier bring to AIT?

Soldiers in AIT should bring their military-issued clothing, shaving and hygiene materials, towels and washcloths, and two sets of casual civilian clothing. Personal computers, tablets, cell phones and other electronic devices are authorized for use once a Soldier reaches Tier 1 status. A Soldier should also bring a positive attitude.

What items should a Soldier not bring to AIT?

Soldiers should not bring knives, guns, drugs (except authorized prescription drugs) or drug paraphernalia, martial arts weapons, pornography, possible inhalants, weight training or health supplements, alcohol, tobacco, televisions or computers (except as noted above for Tier 1 and 2 Soldiers), or items valued in excess of $200. A Soldier should also not bring a negative attitude.

Do Soldiers receive passes or leave while attending AIT? Can I visit my Soldier, or can my Soldier travel to visit me?

Depending on the training schedule and a Soldier's demonstrated performance and maturity, a commander may grant an on-post or an off-post pass. Overnight passes are not authorized. Never assume that you will be able

How will I communicate with my Family, and how will they communicate with me while I am attending AIT?

Two-way communication between Families and Soldiers exists through various methods. The U.S. Postal Service and similar mail delivery services deliver letters and packages on weekdays, excluding federal holidays. Each Soldier, when not in class or other training, is authorized access to the internet within local restrictions. The Army Knowledge Online portal is the primary means of internet communication for Soldier throughout the world. All Soldiers should forward other e-mail addresses to their AKO e-mail address, as local restrictions prevent Soldiers from accessing .com e-mail sites, such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL or similar services, using U.S. Army networks. In addition, commanders may authorize Soldiers who demonstrate maturity and meet training standards the use of cell phones when they are not actively training, during Tiers 1 and 2.