Advanced Individual Training
After you complete Basic Combat Training (BCT), you're ready for the next step. Advanced Individual Training (AIT) is where you will learn the skills to perform your specific Army job.
At the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, you'll receive hands-on training and field instruction to make you an expert in either Civil Affairs or Psychological Operations. More than 600 Army Reserve Soldiers report to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) each to year to earn their AIT diplomas, in order to successfully fill a position in one of more than 70 U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) units across the United States.
Civil Affairs AIT is run by A Co., 3rd Bn., 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). Psychological Operations AIT is run by A Co., 5th Bn., 1st SWTG(A). To learn more about both courses, please review the SWCS Academic Handbook.
For your convenience, a list of frequently asked questions (and answers) is available here.
Never assume that you will be able to visit a Soldier, or have a Soldier visit, without first discussing the Soldier's training schedule with him or her. Prior to planning any visit to see Soldiers attending AIT, Families should call the company barracks at (910) 432-7630 during duty hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to ensure that the Soldier will be available to visit at the requested time.
The graduation ceremony is a fitting conclusion to 10 weeks of physically and mentally demanding training. Families and friends are encouraged to attend this event recognizing the accomplishments of the Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations specialist classes.
In general, AIT graduation ceremonies are held at 10 a.m. on the SWCS campus - either the John F. Kennedy Auditorium or Col Aaron Bank Hall Auditorium. Your Soldier will be the best source of information regarding specific locations and times. For information regarding entry through Fort Bragg's access points, please click here. For maps and directions to help you find and park at SWCS, please click here.
To the left, you will find additional resources for visitors, including instructions for accessing Fort Bragg. If you would like to explore Fayetteville, please visit the city's website at www.visitfayettevillenc.com. This website has lodging information by location and rates, and interactive maps for driving, dining and sightseeing.