There are a couple of ways you can find out about orders. Your S1, retention NCO, or branch manager can all provide this information to you by looking it up in EDAS. You can also find out for yourself by logging into AKO.
Once you log in to AKO, you will see “Army Links” on the right side of the page. Click on “Assignment Satisfaction Key”, then “On Orders”. Your assignment location can be seen there. You must remember though that nothing is official until your orders are published. Your orders will be distro’d to you through your S1 by the Installation Levy Section.
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ASK is a component within AKO. You must have an AKO account in order to be able to log-in to ASK. This system is where the wish list of future duty locations is housed. The soldier has the opportunity to choose three Army CONUS locations and three Army OCONUS locations. Two of the CONUS locations must be with divisional installations.
Within this system, the soldier can also indicate his or her interest in volunteering for special duty such as recruiting or drill instructor. They can also for volunteer for certain duty station assignments.
ASK will display orders for the soldier. Be aware that these are not official orders. Particularly during training, the duty location can change quite a bit. I’ve witnessed several Army wives and Army husbands get excited over a great first duty station (such as Hawaii) early in the training process only to have it change a few weeks later. Orders are not official until your Army soldier has paper orders in hand. And even then, technically, they can still be changed.
Do not, under any circumstances, move to a new location based on what you find in ASK. It is more likely than not that the duty location will change. Official orders will come soon enough so just try to be patient and wait for the official word before moving.
The soldier can log into AKO to access ASK.
About the author:Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier.Connect with Stacey:FacebookTwitterPinterest