Help I just saw a BCT picture...

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by meadowlark, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. meadowlark

    meadowlark Member

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    And my son has some type of blue belt going diagonally across him. ( he is a hellcat) he is the only one wearing it ? Does he have a scarlet letter already ?:eek: Please tell me this is nothing bad !
     
  2. Christcorp

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    Copy and show us the picture. There's a lot of possibilities, but unless we see a link to it, I can't tell. If you saw it on Webguy, I have access to it. Give us a link.
     
  3. meadowlark

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    Not sure how to paste, page 12 picture 30
     
  4. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    If it is a reflective blue belt, that means he's on a Form 18 (medical). Could be an injury or illness.
     
  5. meadowlark

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    Great, just what a Mom needs to worry about. I don't suppose they update the parents.
     
  6. Christcorp

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    meadowlark; I just had my son look at the picture; (He's home for summer vacation); if it's the same basic and picture that you lead me to; my son verified what Hornet said. It's a reflective belt that means he's on a form 18 medical. Could be something as simple as sprain or a cough.

    Now concerning your 2nd part of the question about "Updating the parent". This is a very difficult question that many parents don't like the answer to. Unlike a traditional college where you as the parent are still somewhat responsible for your child; plus your child still WANTS that attention to an extent; the military academy is different. You child is now 100% accountable for themselves. They are 100% considered adults. Even if your child is/was 17 years old in BCT; just like my son was last year and I was in Basic Training; our Parents (Meaning you too); signed forms allowing him to make his own decisions. The best answer I can give you is: Next time you write your son; mention you saw the picture and was wondering what the Blue Sash on him was. But the bottom line answer is: Whether it's your son's 5th day in BCT or he's a Captain with 6 years in, or a Colonel with 25 years in; the military doesn't report to you. They report to your son. And your son reports to them. I know how difficult this can sound. With a traditional college; BOTH the parents and the students have 4-6 years to "Grow up" and become independent of each other. In the military; you get 1 day to say good bye.

    Don't get me wrong. The military is not insensitive. They care very deeply for your son. But consider the same 17 year old graduating high school and going off to Basic Training as an enlisted airmen or soldier. A month or two from now, they could be on their way to Afghanistan. Do you think the military is going to confer with his mom and dad first? Your son's now an adult and is responsible for his own actions. Just let him know how proud you are of him. Let him know that you're really interested in everything he's doing. Ask him questions. Let him tell you what HE WANTS to tell you. This is a totally different type of growing up than at a traditional college. Hope this helps a little. I know it's hard. I did 21 years in the Air Force and it was hard for me to go through it with my son. And I knew EXACTLY what was happening. It was tough on my wife (Son's Mom). She wasn't ready for this. He'll be fine. The academy will take care of him. later.... mike....
     
  7. meadowlark

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    Thanks, my concern is more that he is injured than sick. He is an IA, and the last thing I want to worry about is an injury. I have been writing him daily, hopefully the mail will bring us some positive news. Thanks for taking the time to investigate.
     
  8. Christcorp

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    Well; here's a fact that should help put your mind at ease. Basics MUST complete BCT. They are only allowed to miss a determined acceptable amount of time due to illness or injury. If your son was injured to such an extent; then he wouldn't be able to finish BCT; which means he would be out of the academy and offered another slot next year. The fact that he's IN THE PICTURE means whatever the reason; it isn't that serious. As for being an IA; my son also was an IA. Other than possibly not being able to play in his sport; his IA status has nothing to do with his academy appointment. I know individuals who were recruited football players in last years class. They had excellent grades and all the necessary credentials to be at the academy, but them being recruited as an IA "HELPED" get them an appointment. But before the football season actually started, they decided they didn't want to play football any longer. No big deal. Unlike college; it's not a scholarship. No matter what; he's allowed to stay at the academy if he maintains grades and discipline.

    What I'm saying is; if the injury was serious; to the extent that his time at the academy was in jeopardy; they would have allowed him to call you. This is one of those: "No news is good news" things. Hang in there. Mike....
     
  9. greentrees

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    where are you finding these pictures. i can't find any except those on afaphotos.printrooom.com
     
  10. Christcorp

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    If you are a PAID MEMBER of the AOG; then there is a section of pictures and video provided by Webguy where he posts for the paid members to view. If you are a paid AOG member; go to their website and click on the link for webguy and follow the log in info.
     
  11. l Taz l

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    If you go to the Associates of Graduates website, they have someone who follows the basics and takes pictues. You must join to view the pictures, but it has been well worth the membership fee to see our son.

    http://www.usafawebguy.com/index.html

    Good Luck,
    Taz's Mom
     
  12. 2011's Mom

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    Good to know also - WebGuy doesn't just take pics in Basic. Later in the year he takes pics during Recognition. Future years he does Ring Dance ... and multiple other occasions so while membership is needed to gain access, it is not just access for BCT. I have seen many pics of my D and now I look forward to next week when I hope to get a pic of her as cadre in Jacks Valley! Hope to find one that I can put in a joint frame with a WebGuy pic from when she was in Basic. So, if you're thinking the pics may not be worth joining, reconsider. During BCT WebGuy takes TONS of pics ... I mean TON and TONS. That alone is worth it but he then does it several more times too ... it is well worth the money.
     

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