from prep school to academy

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  1. falconfather

    falconfather Member

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    HI, my son is finishing up his year at the prep and it appears will receive and accept his appointment to the academy. My question is what is his status in between the time he graduates from prep to when he reports back? Is he still covered by insurance? Would that mean any Falcon football summer conditioning program injury he might get be covered? Although he is not getting paid while off, can there still be military restrictions to travel, etc. He told me many do not return for various reasons and it seems strange that the Air Force would continue to insure kids that may not even return. Do preppies give an oral or written committment when they receive there appointments before graduation? sorry for all the questions, his mom and i have several unanswered ones left..

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  2. Maximus

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    I've been sitting back waiting for a reply as I don't know the answer and I think we'll be asking the same question next year after USMAPS for my son.

    Here's a link for Candidates on leave from West Point from Tricare (with phone numbers) and I suspect if you call them, they definitely be able to answer the question.

    http://kach.amedd.army.mil/TRICARE_on_the_Road.pdf
     
  3. The Commissioner

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    I don't know how the USAFA handles it, but at USMAPS the non-prior service 'prepsters' are Invitational Reservists and thus are covered by the same insurance they have while living at the prep school. The time between 'graduation' at the prep school and R-Day at West Point is considered official leave. In effect, the coverage continued.
     
  4. Maximus

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    Thank you.
     
  5. ArmyBrat2AFSpouse

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    Question regarding DS going into Prep School

    My son's dependent ID card will expire in October...should we renew it now? I know he will be issued an "active duty" ID in July. Do we have to disenroll him from Tricare? I know most people can run down to the local military base but we are in the middle of the heartland....we have to make an appointment at the "local" guard base which is 40 minutes away.
     
  6. Gen2

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    It's generally recommended that cadets are kept on health insurance policies as a "just in case" measure should they no longer be able to attend (for any number of reasons).

    You can probably end or decrease premiums on your auto policy. Call your carrier for more information.
     
  7. Texmom

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    auto insurance

    My State Farm agent is adamant that their underwriters will not consider my son a "non-driver with permission" to drive my car when he is on leave. In other words, the best discount they will give me is for "student away at school" which saves me a whoppin $10 a month! After 30+ years with one company, it pains me to switch to another carrier, but business is business. Farmers has told me they will be happy to make the change.
     
  8. mom3boys

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    Texmom: I have state farm. My son is considered a non-driver w/ permission. However, I am having him pick up his own policy on USAA for "occassional drivers." He's driven my car on all his leaves so far, and I took him off the insurance last August.
     
  9. Momof2cadets

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    Active Duty vs Dependent ID

    ArmyBrat -- When they issue your son's active duty ID in July they will confiscate his dependent ID. He is not allowed to have both. He will be covered under HIS Tricare, and will not be allowed to be under your husband's any longer. They will disenroll him as a dependent when they take his ID, but you might want to double check in August.
     
  10. ArmyBrat2AFSpouse

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    Thank you for your reply. I had read in some other posts that it was recommended to keep them on your health insurance but I realize he will have the same health plan (relatively) as us.
     
  11. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    He cant have two military insurances.. but he can have his dod coverage and a second civilian as long as he remains on the policy..

    My only concern is when my daughter goes to prep school next month they emancipate them and they are AD CG, I wonder if the civilian coverage of insurance will allow her to remain on knowing she is AD CG/emancipated.

    I talked to our Car ins. (USAA) they have special rules for Academy and Academy sponsors prep school kids.. they will keep her on as a non driver, when she comes home of leave for longer then a week I will need to call them up.. if it is less then a week its okay.. she'll be covered at no charge..
     
  12. Just_A_Mom

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    Jackie - check with your insurance company - mine just says they need to be enrolled in school. I kept my daughter on my employer's insurance. She doesn't need to be a "dependant" for IRS purposes.
     
  13. ArmyBrat2AFSpouse

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    I spoke with a friend whose son just graduated from the academy and was a preppie. She said that her son had more free time on the weekends as a preppie than he did his doolie year.

    Then..I spoke with my husband's old roommate and asked him about his preppie year since since my husband didn't have that experience. He said he did have more free time...when there wasn't a game or exams. They would rent a car and go around town or go skiing.

    I don't know the policy on them renting cars or even borrowing cars but I will be calling up USAA today.

    Another question...I heard of people sending their preppie or cadet with a stack of pre-addressed envelopes. Can they bring an address book?
     

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