AF prep. school

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  1. JSF-35 Pilot 2016

    JSF-35 Pilot 2016 Member

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    Ok, I was wondering when you accept a prep school offer does that count towards retirement? My USNA teacher discussed that if I got Prep school, take it, for it will help in retirement....and on a side note.....if I were to say enlist in the Air National guard and attend college and reapply would I be able to negogiate my contract with the Air Force? Thank you.

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  2. mdsu

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    no, prep school or your 4 years at the academy does not count toward retirement. your first day as a 2nd LT. is when your build up to 20 years starts.
     
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Are you sure of that regarding the prep school? To attend you must enlist, and while in Title 18 or 10 (I never can remember which) it specifically spells out that cadet/midshipmen time does count for service but NOT for retirement, I do not recall seeing that statement regarding the PS.

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  4. JSF-35 Pilot 2016

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    Yes, that's why I think it's weird. Some enlisted personal told me while I visited West Point that their 4 years there counts toward retirement literally meaning they can retire at 38! with o-4 or o-5 pay....
     
  5. mdsu

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    see i dont think the 4 years at the academy count, you probably get time for service but as far as getting a retirement check for doing at least 20 years, idk about that.
     
  6. J Collins

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    I believe all the prep schools run the same ?!?!? I know at CGA Scholars the kids are enlisted as a reservist on Active Duty, she is an E-2, when my daughter graduates from the Academy she will only have to serve 19 yrs then she can retire with 20 (because her time at prep school counts as active duty time).


    .. but any other information I have gotten is different from one person to another... (I do not think that the time as enlsited is long enough to get them more $$ (prior enlisted) upon becoming and 0-1)

    .. other have told me that if you attend the academy AFTER being enlisted that that times counts toward service as well... but I really do not know that info.
     
  7. Maximus

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    USMAPS CC's handbook states:

    Oath of Enlistment
    All Candidates who enter the prep school will take the
    Oath of Enlistment on R-Day.
    Candidates who enter the prep school as Invitational
    Reservists will enlist into the Army Reserve and immediately
    enter on active duty for the duration of the prep
    school Program. This active duty time is accounted for in
    order to establish entry dates that will later be used for
    retirement and longevity pay purposes.
     
  8. flieger83

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    That isn't correct.

    A service academy graduate DOES receive "credit" for service (that's why you see newly graduated 2Lt's from USAFA wearing the USAF longevity service ribbon showing 4 years service) however US Code specifically states that Cadets and Midshipmen do NOT receive "retirement credit for service as cadets or midshipmen."

    There was actually a West Point grad that appealed that in the 1920's and won in the lower courts but lost in the end and US Code was amended to specifically state that.

    Steve
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