Leave for family illness

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  1. PresidentFetz

    PresidentFetz USAFA 2017 Appointee

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    My grandparents are very old. Leaving for BCT might be the last time I ever see one or both of them. It's a really rough thought and topic...but I'm curious on the academy's policy if one of them is on his or her deathbed. Would I be allowed to go home to say goodbye? I've read conflicting/vague things on this.
     
  2. Blue Skies

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    Leaving during BCT might be more complicated, but any other time during your time there should not be a problem. Our DS had to leave twice for similar reasons and we found the USAFA to be extremely accommodating and helpful. The academy was MUCH better about it than our local high school was for our other son. One of the times was even during finals...
     
  3. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    It will not be possible to leave during BCT without taking an admin turnback to the next class year.

    During the school year, you can send up a SSS to leave on a weekend, or get a few days of emergency leave, no problem. As Blue Skies said, AOC's and instructors are very understanding.
     
  4. greentrees

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    Not true - at least not in BCT summer 2009 -- DS's roommate's father passed away during BCT and the roommate was allowed to go home for a few days. He remained in 2013 and will graduate in May.

    I think it would depend on what relative it is and the relationship that relative had with the cadet, and at what time in BCT it happened.
     
  5. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    My sons were able to come home to attend their grandmother's funeral during the AF/Navy game in their firstie year.

    I would think leaving BCT unless services would be local to COS or Denver or say, within an hour's travel time, would be extremely difficult.
     
  6. Ambition

    Ambition USAFA Class of 2017

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    I'm interested to know what cadets have done in the past when a non-immediate family member (grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.) passed away during BCT. Did most roll back a year and go to the funeral, or stay?
     
  7. PresidentFetz

    PresidentFetz USAFA 2017 Appointee

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    Thank you. That definitely clears things up. I wouldn't intend to leave BCT anyways.
     
  8. PDub

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    It depends on how many days of BCT is missed. I'm not sure what the threshold is, but a couple of days should be okay.
     
  9. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    As I recall, it's calculated in hours (but doesn't count when the entire cadet wing has H1N1). I seem to remember a basic was allowed a total of approx 38 hours on sick or other leave then had to face a turnback or separation. Not sure though so don't take my word for it.
     
  10. Dad

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    If I recall from 2011, you are turned back if you miss 6 days of BCT (exception of wing wide illness as mentioned previously). My DS's squadmate had his appendix out during Jacks Valley. The flight carried him through an obstacle course so he could stay.
     

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