Space-Available Travel (Space-A Travel)
Space Available (Space-A) travel allows authorized passengers to occupy Department of Defense (DoD) aircraft seats that are surplus after all Space Required (Space-R) passengers have been accommodated. Space-A travel costs nothing but is allowed only on a non-mission interference basis.
In response to COVID-19 concerns, the Department of Defense issued domestic and international travel restrictions March 13 for all Service members, DoD civilians, and their Families assigned to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas within the United States and its territories. This restriction will halt all domestic and international travel, including Permanent Change of Station, and Temporary Duty, through June 30, 2020. Space A Travel is restricted indefinitely until a determination can be made on safely removing the limitations.
As of 11 May 2020, Pillow & blanket service has been permanently terminated on all AMC Organic (e.g. C-17, C-5, etc.) Missions. Commercial charter aircraft, (i.e. Patriot Express Missions) have suspended pillow, blanket & hot towel service indefinitely. Passengers are encouraged to bring like-items in their carry-on luggage for use during air travel.
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.