Going Abroad the Summer before R Day

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  1. USMA $WAG

    USMA $WAG Member

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    Hey all, I am currently on Spring Break from college and if its one thing I have realized its that I dont want to spend 2 months once I finish college waiting at home before I go to R-day. So I was wondering is there any reason why it would be a bad idea to spend a couple weeks abroad some where over the summer before R-day in Europe or maybe Asia? Just want to make sure their are no rules or anything like that I would be violating. Thanks!
     
  2. EagleScout13

    EagleScout13 USMA Class of 2017

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    Sounds like it would be a great trip. As long as you remember to stay physically active and not to get in trouble, you should be fine. Kind of wish I could do that when I graduate high school this year.
     
  3. USMA $WAG

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    i figure since I probably wont be able to do something like that for a couple years I might as well try to do something worth while over break since Im in college and done early may instead of just sitting around for 2 months at my house. Finishing up High school and going would be pushing the time frame haha. But hopefully if I do go I can still get in a daily run.
     
  4. kinnem

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    I would check with admissions, just in case. Not that I think they will have any real problem with your plan in general, but once you're a cadet you will need to notify them of any travel plans, including travel abroad. For some destinations you will need permission. Although you are not a cadet yet, I can imagine there may be some concerns for health reasons with regards to some destinations.
     
  5. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    definitely check with someone to make sure you aren't going somewhere that might require meds that would then medically disqualify you.
     
  6. hawk

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    also remember your security clearance questions.

    Somewhere like the UK, Germany, France is probably OK, but from vague memory there were questions on this.

    I would not head anywhere controversial without clearing it in writing
     
  7. sean007

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    Wait a second ... weren't you the guy that was looking to drop out of school during this semester due to money problems? What did you do ... win the lottery?
     
  8. CCUSMA17

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    Summer vacation? What summer vacation? R-Day is 1 week after my high school graduation- not much of a vacation. :cool:
     
  9. BigNick

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    DEFINITELY CHECK WITH YOUR REGIONAL RC AND GET CLEARANCE IN WRITING. Send him your schedule - times, countries visited, dates, etc.

    This is not required but it could prevent trouble. Could cause problems if you went to a "prohibited" country (Cuba, Iran, some places in Africa, etc.) or caught some exotic disease.

    If you are going to Western Europe there will probably be no problem.
     
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  11. majortheta

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    Maybe you could visit a more domestic destination, just to be on the safe side.
     
  12. icarus

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    Can someone elaborate the restrictions on foreign travel regarding cadets.
    I understand that there are places listed by the State Department to avoid and obviously there's limitations on the duration but how about cadets between semesters that may have as much as three weeks off?:spacecraft:
     
  13. 845something

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    Anyone in the Army, including Cadets has to put in a leave request. For foreign travel, you have to put it in much earlier, often get special briefings, and depending on the command, it may go to a higher authority for approval (ie, the general officer level depending on the country).
     
  14. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    Great places in the U.S. you could visit too:thumb:
     
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    Go. Be young. Have fun.
     
  16. BigBear

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    you have to inform your company chain of command, which starts a pretty long process of filling out paperwork, getting up to date on SERE training (3+ hours on the computer), etc. It takes a while but it is doable
     

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