Injured after appointment

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  1. texas flier

    texas flier New Member

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    Anyone know what happens if you break a leg after you received an appointment? I was wondering if they would be allowed to attend the prep school, since that gives my son 3 or 4 more weeks to recover.
     
  2. Bombtrack

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    I believe he is sent home and has to redo the application process. I'm so sorry.
     
  3. Gasdoc

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    If he cannot start BCT due to an injury he would be a medical turnback...happens to several each year. I don't believe he would have to repeat the application process.
     
  4. America's Finest

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    That's really horrible...as stated above, it's a "medical DQ". I don't know if he has to apply again though...
     
  5. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    He'd have to reapply.

    If he started BCT, then got injured, his spot would be held.
     
  6. Christcorp

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    Yes; as packermatt said, you have to start BCT. To be more specific, you have to take the first oath which is the day after arriving. If you make it to that, and then are medically turned back, your slot is held. (Assuming you become medically qualified and cleared for the next class year). Unfortunately, if you don't make it to to the 2nd day and take the oath, you will start all over. Including the application phase.

    Now; to help not sound too gloomy; the hardest part of the application process is medical, CFT, and MAINLY nomination. With the right coordination with your Representative or Senator; they are almost always going to give you the nomination again. Because it was medical, they want to see you at the academy. Now, had you changed your mind about accepting the appointment; didn't go; then changed your mind and re-applied; the MOC might not be very willing. Anyway, you would need to do the application phase again. No, they won't send him to a prep school.
     
  7. bigcox

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    that's rough. :frown:
     
  8. texas flier

    texas flier New Member

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    Thanks for the info! To add another wrinkle, would anything change if he was recruited by AF to compete in a sport? (which he has) Would they think about sending him to Prep school? Taking a whole year off is really rough.
     
  9. Christcorp

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    Getting selected for a prep school and receiving an appointment to the academy are 2 different things. It's not like IF I can't get this..... I'll take this..... Now, while it's true that there are quite a few Prep-School students who happen to be athletes; the Prep-School isn't a "Farm Club" for athletics. It's usually for applicants to the academy who for one reason or another (Academically), would have otherwise been the Perfect Applicant to the academy. I.e. Excellent application, EC, GPA, etc... but bombed the SAT or a particular class. In other words, it would be a almost impossible to give the prep school to a 2.4 gpa/1500 (All 3 scores SAT) applicant. Or, a 4.0 gpa/35 ACT student. The prep school isn't something you apply to. You apply to the academy and they OFFER you the prep school.

    However; I won't lie and say that athletics doesn't have some pull in the selection process. As such; the best thing I can suggest is that you/son contact the coach that was recruiting him, and ask if THEY (The coach/Academy) can somehow CREATE OPTIONS on their end. It definitely can't hurt to ask. Obviously, a physical injury also creates it's own concerns with athletics. I.e. A healed broken leg is fine for the academy, the military, and for a swimmer athlete; whereby it might be a little different for a hurdler or other specific sport. Contact the coach. And do it quick, Best of luck.
     

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