Army Training for ATC

nlharten

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My husband will be attending ATC school in Ft Rucker. I am curious what his schedule will be like. PARGARREETT posted that after 5 weeks you can go out each day and go out on the weekends. Does he get over nights? Can he stay out the entire weekend? I'm trying to figure out my visits and how much time I will get to spend with him.

Also curious if he is able to have his car down there?
 

struts10

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My husband will be attending ATC school in Ft Rucker. I am curious what his schedule will be like. PARGARREETT posted that after 5 weeks you can go out each day and go out on the weekends. Does he get over nights? Can he stay out the entire weekend? I'm trying to figure out my visits and how much time I will get to spend with him.

Also curious if he is able to have his car down there?
It been 11 years, but when I went through there you could leave the training area after 4-5 weeks if you were a "good soldier." Overnight pass on the weekends were available at that point. If he is coming straight from basic he won't be able to have a car. That is about all off the top of my head.
 

flybyfive

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I graduated from the schoolhouse recently. After 30 days, he can 'phase up' so that he can go out on the weekends. There is a mileage restriction, I believe off base up to 25 miles is the max. As long as he is not in night school he will be able to put in a weekend pass from 8:00 AM saturday to 7:00 PM Sunday. He can bring his car, but won't be able to drive it for 74 days. At the 74 days, you phase up again to be able to go further off base, drive your own vehicle, things like that. He will be able to go out on Friday at 5:00 PM instead of Saturday morning.

Be careful about making plans... My wife came to see me twice, but I was lucky in that they take passes away based on how the AIT soldiers act as a group. People were getting into trouble all the time, and passes started getting revoked last minute. They don't care if you had family in town. You may want to wait until he gets settled in before making plans. My .02
 

Jesse1214

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Bump.

Start my journey for ATC in two weeks. Basic in fort Jackson South Carolina and AIT at Alabama fort Rucker.

I’ve heard (from this board) that main places we (Army) will get stationed at is either
Alaska
Hawaii
Germany
Korea
Iraq/Afghan

My question for those (past or present army controllers) is, what are the names of those army bases we will be stationed at?
I just wanna look up the locale, statistic, weather, points of interest etc

Thanks in advance!
 

Bravo Delta

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It is a hundred percent based on needs of the army

You also have an atc unit in Fort Carson, jblm Washington, Fort Riley Kansas I believe. So maybe 70 percent are stateside. There are a lot of slots for controllers at Fort Rucker due to all of the stage fields. The hub is there, the taog is there and the school house.
 

Jesse1214

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Bump/update : graduated basic from Jackson and now I’m 3 weeks in AIT at Fort Rucker. I test out of CTO on Thursday. Found out my first duty station is at Fort Riley Kansas. Pros n cons of that base? Will i be able to get my CTO there and any needed qualifications etc?
Thanks agin!
 

Jesse1214

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What is class D and GCA? Sorry, not up to date with all the terms yet haha. Will i have time to get anything done before i deploy ?
 

ajmezz

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Class D is a type of airspace and GCA is a form of approach control, that unfortunately for you, the FAA doesn’t give two shits about, so hopefully you get to train in the tower and get a CTO. I don’t know much about how the army works, but do whatever you can to work in the tower. Looks like the airport has a single runway, so the odds of getting some fixed wing aircraft is decent, which would help you immensely. You’ve got an uphill battle bc most of the time the army only works helo’s so do everything in your power to really know and understand sequencing. Just keep your head down and in the books, ask questions, monitor when you can and you should be fine. Best of luck on the road to becoming a controller!
 

planetalkerkp

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There are no active duty Army controllers stationed at the airport. The active duty Army controllers are actually stationed at a deployable unit at Riley. What this means is that if you are not deployed, you will need to get assigned to the tower temporarily and try to get your CTO. If your unit is deployed then you will be doing the tactical atc for the duration of your deployment.
 

Jesse1214

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Thanks for the input. One of my classmates got “8th personnel command” I did a quick google search and it says Korea and something about Hawaii ? He said he’s willing to trade posts since he doesn’t want to do overseas. Would my chances be better over there for working with fixed wing? Or should i just try my best to stay in tower at Riley ?
 

eltors0

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Go overseas if you can actually swap. My really good friend who was Army air traffic did whatever post that is out in Korea. He got very good exposure to actual air traffic and had a great time out there. He is one of the very few competent army air traffic I’ve met.
 

planetalkerkp

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Thanks for the input. One of my classmates got “8th personnel command” I did a quick google search and it says Korea and something about Hawaii ? He said he’s willing to trade posts since he doesn’t want to do overseas. Would my chances be better over there for working with fixed wing? Or should i just try my best to stay in tower at Riley ?
Korea and Germany have towers that have active duty controllers actually stationed there. Of course so do the Stage Fields in the Ft. Rucker complex. The 2 facilities in Hawaii have all civilian controllers.