Space-Available Travel (Space-A Travel)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet


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.

Category IV Policy Update : Policy update in regards to the newly signed: “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019” This act provided eligibility for Veterans with a Permanent Service-connected Disability Rated as Total to compete for travel aboard Space-available passenger transportation, using surplus aircraft capacity.

Space Available Travel Priority of Category VI (6) Authorized Veterans with a permanent service-connected disability rated as total traveling in the Continental United States (CONUS) or directly between the CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa (Guam and American Samoa travelers may transit Hawaii or Alaska); or traveling within Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands

Space Available Travel is permitted, provided all space-required passengers and cargo have been accommodated. Space Available transportation is allowed on a non-interference basis only. DoD aircraft, including training missions, will not be scheduled or sized to accommodate the movement of passengers on a space-available basis. Space-available transportation will not be used for personal gain or for a business enterprise. No additional funds may be used or flight hours performed to provide transportation under the space-available travel program.


Retired active Service members are eligible for Space-A travel.

Family members (with a valid identification card) of retired Service members are eligible when accompanied by a sponsor. Retired Service members are not eligible for Space-Required travel.

Reservations will not be made for any Space-A passenger. Travel opportunity shall be afforded on an equitable basis to officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees, and their accompanying dependents without regard to rank or grade, military or civilian, or branch of Uniformed Service.

A complete listing of eligible passengers by category is contained in DoDI 4515.13 . The following is a partial listing of eligible individuals.

Category I: Emergency Leave Unfunded Travel. Transportation by the most expeditious routing only for bona fide immediate Family emergencies, as determined by DoDI 1327.06 and Military Service regulations. This travel privilege will not be used in lieu of funded travel entitlements.

Category II: Sponsors in an Environmental Morale Leave (EML) status and their dependents traveling with them, also in an EML status.

Category III: Ordinary Leave, Relatives, House Hunting Permissive TDY, Medal of Honor recipients, and Foreign Military. Dependents of Service members that are deployed more than 365 days will be placed at the bottom of the Category III list

Category IV: Unaccompanied dependents (18 years or older) of military members deployed for more than 30 consecutive days traveling under the EML program. Family members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult Family member who is traveling EML.

Category V: Permissive TDY (Non-House Hunting), Students, Dependents, Post Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence, and Others.

Category VI: Retired, Dependents, National Guard/ Reserve, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Nuclear Power Officer Candidate and Civil Engineer Corps members. Family members (with a valid identification card) of retired members when accompanied by a sponsor.
NOTE : Space available (Space A) eligible travelers may not use their privilege for personal gain or in connection with business enterprises or employment. Space-A travel may not be used to establish a home or when international or theater restrictions prohibit such travel.

Space-A Sign-up Information:

To sign-up for Space-A travel, please mail or email your information to the AMC Passenger Terminal at your desired departure location. Email addresses are located here AMC Travel Contacts .

For your convenience, please reference the Space-A Sign-up Information Document and the AMC Form 140, Space-A Travel Request. For specific travel information please contact your nearest Air Mobility Command Terminal .

Note: Space-A seats are normally identified as early as 3-4 hours and as late as 30 minutes prior to departure. Recommend you check with the passenger service center for the space available show time for your flight prior to departing the terminal. Be ready for immediate processing and boarding.

Benefit Highlights

Space-A Travel is a privilege (not an entitlement) that is afforded to Uniformed Services members, retirees and dependents as an avenue of respite from the rigors of Uniformed Services duty and may offer substantial savings for your leisure travel plans. Remember there is no guaranteed space for any traveler. The Department of Defense is not obligated to continue an individual's travel or return him or her to their point of origin or any other point. Travelers should have sufficient personal funds to pay for commercial transportation to return to their residence or duty station if space-available transportation is not available.

Transportation may be between overseas stations, between Continental United States (CONUS) stations, and between overseas and CONUS stations where adequate border clearance facilities exist or can be made readily available.

Additional Information
Document Review Date: 31 August 2018