Military Space-A Travel
Space-A travel (also known as Space available travel) is a way in which members of the United States Uniformed Services can travel on certain airplanes when there is space available. Of course, there is not always space available, but when there is, you can be flying for little or even sometimes on cost. This kind of travel has become less and less common after 9/11, but many people still do it. Both military personnel and their families can be transported onto aircraft that are operated by any branch of the Department of Defense (or DoD.) You and your family have to be eligible, and your the priority you and your family will be varies as well. This kind of travel is only available when DoD controlled or owned aircraft are not full of passengers that are traveling under orders. The process of applying to be on one of these flights in some what complex. Of course, it is more and more complex depending on how many people are in your party. Also, you may or may not be a priority to get on one of these flights, so you may or may not end up having to wait longer than you want to. But still, it's a good thing to apply for if you are eligible. The branches of the Military Flights that are eligible for this kind of travel are: United States Army United States Coast Guard United States Marine Corps United States Navy United States Air Force United States Public Health Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In order to go on a Space-A flight, you do not need to be in uniform unless you are part of the Marine Corps. Then you will have to be in uniform. Space-A travel cannot be used for travel required by your service in the military. It can also only be used when you are either on leave or pass for the whole time you are on your Space-A trip. Also this kind of travel is not supposed to be used for any personal financial gain. It also isn't supposed to be used with anything related to employment of business purposes. United States foreign policy and other countries' policies and laws may or may not effect whether or not you can travel Space-A. In order to sign up for this kind of travel, you will have to sign up and after you've done that, you are place onto a Space-A register. This register is usually locally managed, so there should be one that isn't too far from where you live. You can sign up via e-mail, postal mail, or fax. Once you've signed up, you are given a priority number from 1-6. If you are given a number 1, you are considered to be the highest priority. If you are given a 6, you are the lowest priority. Many different factors come into effect when your priority number is being determined. This kind of flight is cool and a nice alternative to normal commercial airlines, but there are drawbacks. This kind of travel is very unpredictable, and military flights often don't have set take-off times. You also don't really know when you are going to get to go on your flight. There is also no consideration of Space-A travelers when these flights are being planned. So, you are just hoping that there are enough seats available for you and everyone else you are traveling with. So, there may not be a ton of room for your luggage. But if this kind of travel still sounds appealing to you, go for it. There are many different kinds of aircraft that generally allow Space-A travel. There are 12 usual kinds of aircraft. Some of these include the C-5 Galaxy and the KC- 10 Extender. So Space-A travel is a nice option for people currently serving or for military retirees and their families. While their are drawbacks and it can be quite confusing at times, many people like to travel this way. Either way, Space-A travel is a good option for many people, and it is a fairly popular form of travel in the Military discount flights.