Did you know that as a dependent (18 years or older), you can take a military Space-A flight without your sponsor? However, there are restrictions to where and how often you can travel, depending on your category.
Here’s how you figure out what category you’re in, where you can fly, what paperwork you need, and how to sign up.
Information for All Unaccompanied Dependents
For all categories, you obtain the required paperwork from your sponsor’s commander. You must keep the paperwork with you at all times while traveling.
If you are traveling with children 10 years or older, they need a military ID card. For children younger than 10 who do not have an ID card, you need to bring a birth certificate, passport, or other government document to prove their age.
Before you travel, make sure you have enough money to cover commercial fare for your return trip, just in case you are unable to get a Space-A flight back home. If it looks like you could be stuck somewhere for a few days, do the math to figure out the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation vs. buying tickets. Getting stuck in Hawaii, for example, becomes expensive very quickly, especially if you cannot get lodging on base.
Note: Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) includes international destinations as well as Hawaii, Alaska, and other U.S. territories. The Continental United States (CONUS) refers to the other 48 states.
Space-A Category 4
There are two main situations for unaccompanied dependents flying in Category (“Cat”) 4.
Your sponsor’s deployment orders are for between 30 and 364 consecutive days. If the orders are for 365 days or more, you are officially Cat 3, but you are last in line within that category; all other Cat 3s are higher priority. Other rules, restrictions, and paperwork are the same as Cat 4.
Where Can You Travel?
You can travel anywhere in the world to which there is a Space-A flight, and you can travel as frequently as you want for the duration of your sponsor’s deployment.
What Paperwork Do You Need?