Giving up commission

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  1. aken92

    aken92 New Member

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    Does anyone know if it's possible to give up your commission at graduation and enlist instead?
     
  2. AFrpaso

    AFrpaso USAFA '17

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    I've never heard of that being done.

    Do you think that is something you'd want to do? Why?
     
  3. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Fail a few classes as a firstie and you sure can.
     
  4. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    ...kind of defeats the purpose.

    "We educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation."
     
  5. Christcorp

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    Some think I'm a little tough on some posters. I can live with that. Sometimes the truth isn't very pleasant.

    And I know I find it difficult when I see a poster posting their very first post, and it's such a "DEEP" question, that I want to assume they are a troll. For that, I try to give the benefit of the doubt.

    As for this thread and poster. Hornet gave about the best answer available for a realistic situation. You tried your hardest. You just couldn't pass the required classes. You're a C1C or C2C so you've committed. The academy and air force will usually require and allow you to go enlisted to compensate for the money they spent on you over the last 3-4 years.

    As for the individual who passes all the classes. Graduates with a degree in 4 years. A voluntarily decides they don't want to be commissioned; for whatever reason; I would hope that the Air Force simply says.... Fine, you don't want to live up to your commitment, you don't have to. But you've also proven that you have no honor or integrity, and we don't want you in the military at all. Not even enlisted. So, along with your transcript, here is a bill for $400,000+ that you owe us for the education, medical, dental, housing, food, etc... that we provided you over the last 4 years. And the bill CAN NOT BE WAIVERED OR REFUTED. You MUST PAY IT.

    Now, that's what I would HOPE would happen. If you are an earnest poster who truly wants to know the answer to your post, then that is my opinion and it's probably as accurate as any other answer. As Raimius said: it defeats the purpose to go to the academy, receive the education, and trade in a commission for an enlistment. I was enlisted, but many/most of my friends are/were officers. There's a big pay difference as well as the difference in duties. If you want to be enlisted, just enlist and use the military g.i bill and tuition assistance to get your college degree. But if you're going to go through the entire process of receiving an appointment; taking the slot from someone else; receiving one of the best educations in the country; and then go back on your word and decline the commission.... I truly hope they don't let you stay in the military at all and make you pay back the $400,000+. Even if it takes the rest of your life.

    How was that? Kind enough??? :biggrin:
     

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