Pathfinder Course Waiver Request Process

  1. WAIVERS (MINUS MEDICAL AND/OR AGE) MUST BE SUBMITTED NLT 75 DAYS PRIOR TO THE CLASS START DATE.

  2. WAIVERS FOR MEDICAL AND/OR AGE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED NLT 90 DAYS PRIOR TO CLASS START DATE.

  3. ANY WAIVERS SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THE TIMEFRAME MUST BE ACCOMPANIED WITH A LETTER OF LATENESS SIGNED BY O-5 OR HIGHER. ****NO EXCEPTIONS

  4. WAIVERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE HIGHER HEADQUARTERS SCHOOL NCO (REPRESENTATIVE) ONLY. ****NO EXCEPTIONS


Officers: Active Army, Reserve, or National Guard Officers in the grades of O-1 through O-3 assigned to a billet documented with the Skill Identifier (SI) "5Q" indicating a requirement to possess Pathfinder skills in the most recent Personnel Management Authorization Document (PMAD) or Updated Authorization Document (UAD). Officers in the following Control Branches are authorized to attend: IN (AOC 11A), AR (AOC 19A), MI (AOC 35D, 35E, 35F or 35G), QM (AOC 92A only), EN (AOC 12A) and Logistics (90A). All other grades and branches require a waiver.

Enlisted MOS: Active Army, Reserve or National Guard Soldiers in the grades of E-3 through E-7 in the following MOS are authorized to attend: 11B, 11C, (11Z must be assigned to a Pathfinder Billet), 15Q, 19D, 88M, 92R (skill levels 3 and 4 only), and 92Y (skill levels 1 through 3). All other grades and MOSs require a waiver. Enlisted applicants must have a GT score of 110 or above.

OTHER SERVICES: Active and Reserve Marine Corps Officers (2LT-CPT) and enlisted personnel (CPL-GNSGT) in logistics and combat arms may attend. Active and Reserve Air Force enlisted personnel serving as combat control team/forward air controllers (SGT- MSGT) may attend.

Have a minimum profile serial of 111121. Service members attending the U.S. Army Pathfinder School may not have any type of speech impediment. All Service members must be cleared of speech impediments on their physical exam by conducting a "read out load" test or be cleared by a Speech Pathologist in the form of a memorandum.

The Infantry School Commandant is the waiver approval authority for this course.

Students requesting course/phase prerequisite waivers (e.g. AOC/MOS, Rank/Grade, Medical/Physical Standards, etc.) or units requesting changes to POI content (e.g. during "on site" course conducts (MTT) request to delete/modify lessons/blocks of instruction, shortage of equipment, etc.) will submit their request through the first LTC Commander in their chain of command to:

Commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School
ATTN: ATSH-IP, 1 Karker St, Suite 6107
Ft Benning, GA 31905.

Waivers may be submitted electronically to the following email or by mail to the Infantry Commandants office: usarmy.benning.mcoe.mbx.usais-training-waivers@mail.mil

Please be advised that the first step to submitting a waiver is to determine the type of waiver you need. Failure to submit ALL required forms will delay processing!

  1. HIPAA release form (DD Form 2870)
  2. Medical and/or Age waiver request form (click here) signed by first O-5 in Chain of Command
  3. Complete Airborne Physical (DD Form 2807 and 2808) (minus EKG if Age is 35 years and under)
  4. Up to date EKG if Age is 36 years and older
  5. An Enlisted Record Brief (ERB) or Officer Record Brief (ORB)
  6. Current paragraph and line number documentation with current duty position annotated (MTOE/TDA).

United States Army Infantry School Waiver Form


Prerequisites that can be waived

All applicants must have passed a valid physical examination within five (5) years, have a minimum profile serial of 111121, have no speech impediment, have passed the APFT within the last six months and meet the Army height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9.

Physicals for airborne qualified personnel must indicate "cleared to participate in airborne operations".

Applicants must have six months service remaining on active duty upon completion of the course.