If I'm considering legally changing my name...

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  1. www

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    49 days until R-Day. If I wanna legally change my name, should I best do it now? After completion of all paperwork required for R-Day? After Beast? After plebe year? Or after commission?
     
  2. America's Finest

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    It will be a little difficult to do once you're there since you will have to schedule a court date with your specific state in order to change it. If it is something you really want to get done quick, I would try to get it done now (make sure to call admissions and get their input as well since it may cause some confusion when you report in) and make sure to have a lot of copies of the legal paperwork with you.

    If you are in no hurry, you could wait to do it while you're here as you will have four years to do it before you commission.
     
  3. Gray Hog

    Gray Hog USMA Alumnus

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    If you haven't chosen a new name yet, may I suggest Douglas MacArthur?
     
  4. 1191

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    My suggestion would be Maximus Decimus Meridius.
     
  5. Szpieg

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    or better yet...Gluteus Maximus...>.< lol just kidding
     
  6. parentalunit2

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    I do not believe a court appearance is necessary for a legal name change; this obviously depends on the state of residence. I see that the OP lists VA as home, and I changed my last name in VA a few years ago. All it took was a notarized statement from me stating the intended name change and I mailed that in to the county court. I then received an official copy of the court order signed by a judge a few weeks later.
    That said, my advice would be to not change the name before R-Day. At this late date, with all the paperwork the army is preparing for you, wait until you have officially joined up (meaning signing those papers and raising that right hand on R-Day) before you do anything that will confuse the US Army. You do not want records screwed up from the very start! I sincerely doubt you’ll have time to handle this “during” Beast, so yes, let’s say after Beast! You could even prep the necessary paperwork now (when you seemingly have all the time in the world) and have it ready for yourself or a trusted friend/family member to mail out on a specified date. I don’t know your status in life and how much this would affect you, but just keep in mind it can be time consuming to then change your name on all financial and credit accounts, frequent flier accounts, etc. Hopefully you are young, carefree, and haven’t accumulated too much of this stuff yet!
    Just my $.02, though you are a private citizen and can choose to handle this matter however you wish. Best of luck to you at USMA, whatever your name is!
     

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