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Flying Space Available On Military Aircraft II

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Dec 22, 2014


One of the most prized benefits of military service is the capability to fly -"space available" to any location that the mission aircraft is headed-free. With exception of a few bucks for airport fees and a box lunch , the flight is free to qualified personnel. Retired veterans and their spouses, active duty personnel on leave or moving from one duty station to another--as well as some reserve members. This book describes how to sign up for the flights and how to locate schedules of where the flights are going. Using social media such as facebook and the web, travelers can pick a location and fly there almost free if there is "space available" after all mission requirements have been meant. The larger C5 Galaxy and C17 aircraft can carry as many as 73 qualified passengers to Europe and Asia or just across the USA to another base. The tricks and savvy on how to find the flight you and your family desire are described in detail along with what to expect in the way of amenities along the way.

Dec 22, 2014

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Retired USN flight engineer with 43 years service. Started writing while in the USN Public Information Office -articles for major media releases and Stars & Stripes and Station paper ( North Islander)Worked as corporate exec up to 2001 then sold corporation and started writing. Action adventure fiction with two series in print as of this date. When not traveling and giving motivational lectures to recovering cancer survivors ( which Addison is ,) he lives with wife in Texas and Mexico. Most avid hobby for available free time is flying space available with the military.

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Flying Space Available On Military Aircraft II - W. Addison Gast

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Why this book on Space available travel

This 2015 edition of FLYING SPACE AVAILABLE ON MILITARY AIRCRAFT—(hereafter referred to as FSAMA,) will skip the formatting instructions to new writers as we had in the previous publication. We will concentrate on providing all the current data available that we are aware of on how to enjoy very low cost vacation travel for active duty and retired personnel. Right here I want to make clear that this book is directed at retired military personnel and their eligible families. With apologies to active duty personnel who usually have a better heads-up on the latest travel changes and benefits than us retired folks that do not have immediate access to all the station newspapers and seminars on the subject.

Let’s start the book with a decent rundown on WHO is eligible at this time to travel as a SPAT (get used to that acronym-I use it a lot in this book. We use that to refer to those eligible as SPACE AVAILABLE TRAVELERS) The following is from official DOD websites and different base commands describing the eligibility factor—sometimes in lengthy fashion but this will give the reader a complete understanding as to who will be flying space available according to the DOD and AMC regs in 2015’

This is a lengthy summary of subjects that are of interest to new SPATS. We will go into more detail on several of these topics after we explain all the terms and let the reader get used to seeing these different references.

Can Reservist or Guard members travel Space-A?

Reserve members on the Active Status List (may train for points and/or pay and may be considered for promotion) with DD Form 2 (Reserve) identification and DD Form 1853 may fly to, from, and between Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the CONUS.

Note: The current (1994 vintage) regulation mentions the DD Form 2 (Red) ID card is required. The Red ID card was replaced with a Green Reserve ID Card in 1998. Reserve Retired (gray area retirees) cards and Reserve family members' cards remained red. If you are activated for more than 30 days then you will have all the Space-A benefits of active duty while you are on active duty ordinary leave (except dependents cannot travel unaccompanied under the Command or non-command sponsored travel programs).

Reservists placed on active duty for more than 30 days acquire Cat-III status while on leave and may fly anywhere overseas that AMC has flights operating.

Can Reservist or Guard dependents travel Space-A?

Typically the answer is No. If your sponsor is in a reserve or guard unit making drills and annual training then their dependents cannot fly Space A. The sponsor can fly within the limits as per Table 6.1 of the DoD regulation. If your sponsor is a retired reserve (guard) not age 60 then dependents cannot fly Space A. The sponsor can fly as per the regulations (see "Gray Area Retiree FAQ below). If the person is over 60 and holds a retiree ID card (blue) and the dependent holds the DD Form 1173 dependent card then the dependent can fly Space A when accompanied by the sponsor. They are treated exactly like regular retired and can fly Space A anywhere there are flights going.

If your sponsor becomes activated for more than 30 days then the typical answer of No changes to Yes and the dependent has all the Space-A privileges of an Active Duty Dependent accompanied by their sponsor on ordinary leave (except dependents cannot travel unaccompanied under the Command or non-command sponsored travel programs).

Can my grandchild or friend's child accompany me on a Space-A flight?

Only your military dependent (not another spnsor's dependent) can accompany you

Can Gray Area Retirees travel Space-A?

Per the DOD reg, Table 6.1, Item 35, a Gray Area Retiree (Reservist who is eligible for retirement pay at 60 years of age but not yet 60 years old), can fly within the CONUS and directly between the CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the US 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 Virgin Islands. The DoD reg, Table 6.1 does not authorize Gray Area Dependents to fly Space-A. (Reference PASSENGER SERVICE UPDATE DTG: 261800Z OCT 01 para 1.K)

I'm a 100% DAV. Can I travel Space-A?

Retirees (meaning those with a blue DD Form 2 including medically-retired) are eligible for Space-A. Despite rumors to the contrary, 100 percent disabled veterans in possession of DD Form 1173 or DD Form 2765 (replaces the DD Form 1173) identification cards are NOT entitled to Space-A travel aboard DoD aircraft. Any changes to Space-A eligibility rules will be published as an immediate change to DoD 4515.13r and advertised accordingly (Reiteration HQ AMC/DONP 091704z Mar 99 and Reference PASSENGER SERVICE UPDATE DTG: 261800Z OCT 01 para 1.H).

Can military widows or widowers travel Space-A?

Currently, widows/widowers of active duty/retired military personnel are not entitled to Space-A travel aboard DoD aircraft. There are some members of Congress attempting to change these rules so contact your political representatives to get the current status. Any changes to Space-A eligibility rules will be published as an immediate change to DoD 4515.13r and advertised accordingly (Reiteration HQ AMC/DONP 091704z Mar 99).

Can a ROTC cadet fly Space-A?

a. Yes. When enrolled ( I read contracted versus taking ROTC) in an advanced ROTC, NUPOC, or CEC course or enrolled under the financial assistance program, on presentation of the following valid: Military ID Card and DD Form 1853.

b. Category of Travel is Cat 6 and travel is authorized ONLY within and between the CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii and the US. Territories

c. If you have been commissioned but waiting for active duty then you are still Cat-VI (have your old Det Commander sign your DD Form 1853.

d. On a related topic, Academy Cadet Graduates may be granted up to 60 days of non-chargeable leave in conjunction with their PCS and will travel in Category-III (CONUS-CONUS, CONUS-OCONUS, OCONUS-CONUS). Graduates will not possess a leave form, but the authorization for leave needs to be stated on their PCS orders.

Can my pet accompany me on a Space-A flight?

Yes, if you mean your military dependent husband or wife. No, if you mean your dog, cat, boy/girl-friend or acquaintance. Only your (not someone else's) authorized (i.e. registered in DEERS and has ID card if 10 years old or more) dependent may accompany you. Members PCSing (not traveling Space-A) on the Patriot Express flights can take a pet (defined as a dog or cat only) along on a Space-A basis. See AMC's Pet Brochure for more information and contact your TMO for details regarding shipping pets in conjunction with your PCS.

Can my service animal accompany me?

Yes, service animals are allowed on DoD aircraft. See the latest change to the Service Animal Policy.

I'm married to another military member and our child(ren) is my spouse's military dependent. Can our child(ren) accompany me on a Space-A flight?

Per a 14 Jul 08 memo, the DoD rectified a restriction which only allowed the designated military sponsor to accompany a dependent child traveling Space-A. Now, certain dual Uniformed Services member parents/step-parents may accompany their dependent children regardless

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