Blood Type and Passport Issues

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  1. paradoxer

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    Have discovered this semester the importance of knowing your blood type and having a passport before you head to college. May have missed it on this forum but wanted to encourage others to do this before going off to school.

    DS never has never had his blood typed and needed this information for his CULP paperwork; guessing this isn't the only time he will need to know this. Fortunately his school offered free typing but it still meant finding time for an appointment and waiting for result to finish paperwork.

    Passport issues were even worse and more time consuming. We had discussed doing this in the summer but just never finished the paperwork even though had gathered the documents (which he did take to school). Because most passports appointments are only between 9-3 it's been very difficult to do this without missing class BUT the bigger issue is that in his location the appointments are scheduled out for months which means he needs to search for a location in order to meet the deadlines. This has created a massive amount of work for him as he calls local Post Offices to find anywhere close that has a time that isn't weeks or months out.Of course this means he will need to miss more than just one class but maybe an entire day of school and he will need a car and gas to get there.

    So he's extremely excited but a bit overwhelmed as he lines up his ducks (or maybe I should say pucks as he's a hockey player as well and his free hours in the day are already limited). So for those who don't know blood type or have never had a passport do it now.
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    One thing to add regarding Passports.

    For those that are going to CULP most passports will be the "Red" Government Passport. Even if you already have a civilian Passport, you will need to go through the application process for the "Red" Passport. So if your planning on getting a civilian Passport just remember you will also need the Government Passport for CULP.
     
  3. kinnem

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    The Red Cross will type your blood when you donate. It's a good thing to do. Turns out DS has a rarer blood type so they are always calling here to get him to donate.
     
  4. cajuncarrier

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    DS is going to Mongolia for CULP this summer. Rereading his paperwork and read that travel documents must be applied for by Jan. 1, 2014. Now, we are hoping that all these dates are not accurate due to the government shut down and assignments coming out so late. So here are my questions:

    We are on the website provided. There are applications for a passport. However, DS has a civilian passport already. The link sent us to the Dept. of state site where it looks like it is the application for a civilian passport. How do we distinguish if the application is for a RED passport? Does he need to apply in person? If so Where? DS says that the HR person in his battalion will assist. But he doesn't go back to his unit until Jan. 12th, which I feel will be too late. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  5. philmont

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    Your DS is correct. The HR person in his battalion will assist and it will not be too late. Don't worry!
     
  6. cajuncarrier

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    ok just found it on the website.
    It states to:

    Military: Contact your Installation Travel Office

    so I will not worry about it.
    thanks
     
  7. Strength and Honor

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    AP Biology does come in handy sometimes:

    You can tell your blood type by your parents blood types, for the most part. If both of your parents are O, you are O. If one of your parents are O and the other is A or B, you are A or B.

    For me, my mom is A but my dad is O. So I can tell that I am A, because A is the dominant gene while O is recessive. :biggrin:
     
  8. Coltron

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    S&H: You are almost correct. :smile:

    Actually you get a gene from your mother and father. So, blood types are actually designated by 2 letters: "Ao" "AA" / Bo" "BB" / "oo" /and "AB". Though, they are commonly referred to as the dominate, which above is "A" "B" "o" "AB".

    So, if your "O", then you have been given an "o" from both mother and father. If your mother is "A", and father is "A", then one can still be an "O". How? Because of the recessive "o" that can be donated by both parents. So, mother and father in this case are actually "Ao"; and have both passed on the recessive gene to their child resulting in "oo" or "O".

    In my family, both my mother and father are "Ao"; 3 of us kids are typed as "A" and 1 of us is typed as "O", which kind of follows the odds if you think about it. Also, part of the typing is RH factor, which is another matter :shake:
     
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  9. Full Metal Bulldog

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    I needed to know my blood type this time last year to contract. I donated blood and asked them for my type when I was done....took 20 minutes.
     
  10. Coltron

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    +1 to FMB, that is the one of the quickest, easiest, and most reliable ways to find out. And, it helps other people! :thumb:
     
  11. parentalunit2

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    It’s always interesting when people have their blood typed only to find out that it does not match up with one or both of their ‘parents’! But if you are old enough to be heading off to college, shouldn’t you be old enough to know the truth at that point?
    Do not assume your blood type based on any info….get it typed!
     
  12. kinnem

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    And it costs you nothing! NOTHING!
     
  13. Strength and Honor

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    Coltron: I know this sounds like I'm trying to save face, but I did know that. I just thought it'd be too hard to explain hahaha :thumb:
     
  14. Coltron

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    I wouldn't doubt it, but I just had to clarify! :thumb:
     

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