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Space-A Air Categories and Eligibilities

Space-A Air Travel greatly benefits military members, retired military, 100% DAV, DoD civilians, and their families.

It is essential to notice that eligible travelers are divided into six categories, from Cat I to Cat VI. The highest category is Cat I, with priority for Space-A Air availabilities, Cat II, and so on.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson Elleman | Patriot Express passenger jet on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

Here is an overview of the categories:

Category I:

Emergency Leave Unfunded Travel. Emergency travel in connection with severe illness or death of an immediate family member.

Category II:

Accompanied EML. Environmental and morale leave status (EML) in specific overseas locations.

Category III:

Ordinary leave, house hunting permissive TDY, Medal of Honor recipients, military academy cadets or midshipmen, foreign exchange military members stationed in the US on leave status.

Category IV:

Unaccompanied EML Status. Unaccompanied dependents traveling under EML program, unaccompanied dependents of deployed active duty uniformed service members deployed 30+ days, DoDEA teachers during summer under EML.

Category V:

Permissive TDY (non-house hunting), unaccompanied dependents of active duty members OCONUS, students with active duty members in Alaska, Hawaii, or overseas.

Category VI:

Retired military and their accompanying dependents, Dependents, Reserve, ROTC, NUPOC, CEC, Veterans with permanent and total (100%) disability status, and surviving spouses of service members who died in Active Duty, Inactive Duty Training, or Annual Training Status and Retired Military Members.


Who is eligible to fly Space-A Air:

All active duty and retired members of all the uniformed services can fly CONUS or OCONUS.

National Guard and Reservists in active pay status can fly only within the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa.

Veterans with a permanent service-connected disability rated as permanent and total (100%) from the VA, as well as their accompanying dependents, can fly within the continental United States and US territories.

Certain surviving spouses and their accompanying dependents can fly continental US only, no territories.

More detail can be found in Table 3 of the DoDI 4515.13 Air Travel Eligibility, found here:

For all information on Space-A Air travel, including Space-A Air terminals location, steps to sign up, frequently asked questions, tips, and much more, check out our new 2023 Military Space-A Air Travel Guide.

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