Leaving for sister's wedding

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  1. aggie83

    aggie83 Member

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    Is it even possible or would a 4th class cadet even be comfortable leaving for a weekend after the academic year starts for a sister's wedding? We are looking at possible dates and didn't know if Thanksgiving or Christmas were the only options for when her brother could attend.
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    IMO - this is not outside the realm of possibilities at all.
    My daughter is Army but from what I understand they try very hard to accomadate very important immediate family events: not only funerals but weddings and graduations, as well.

    I think I remember back a few years ago a Navy plebe left during or at the end of plebe summer for a family wedding.
    This is something you incoming cadet should pose to his admissions officer. He can tell him how to go about getting special leave.
     
  3. Christcorp

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    As a minimum; you are allowed 5 passes per half semester. In all reality, you'll probably get a few more than that. And with the exception of certain weekends that are planned, you can use the passes to go away for the weekend. And if you schedule it, then even if your squadron gets restricted or some other silly thing, you are pretty much allowed to still go because it was scheduled. Now, which weekends are going to be set up for training or other requirements, that I don't know. Neither will you until you get there. I can tell you that if it's AFTER recognition day (March); then you are free pretty much any weekend except for the first part of May where you're getting ready for finals and seniors graduation. (Matter of fact; the only weekend in the entire 2nd semester my son can't get away, is the weekend of the 9th of May.) Which really sucks, because that the day his sister graduates from College and a lot of family from Back east will be there and he could see all them and his big sister graduate. Oh well, welcome to the military. But again, you'll have plenty of weekends free. Which one, as far as trying to schedule, could be the difficult part. later.... mike....
     
  4. Just_A_Mom

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    I do believe there is a mechanism for a "special pass" which this may fall under - similar to a pass for a funeral of a family member.
    Perhaps someone who has been to AFA can comment on this further.
    I know at West Point and Navy they can take "special passes" for certain situations which are over and above their normal passes.

    Christcorp - is May 9 the AFA graduation?
     
  5. Christcorp

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    Actually, graduation week is 21-27 May. (27 may). But the 9th for the others is the week before finals. Plus they start preparing for graduation.

    Yes, there are special circumstances like a funeral of a direct family member. E.g. mom, dad, brother or sister. (Or another person IF they raised you). Not sure about other "special" reasons like weddings, graduations, etc...

    Oh, and I should have mentioned, the passes are for weekends. You can't use passes during the week.
     
  6. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    cadets can get permission, as 4th classmen or otherwise, to attend a "once in a life time opportunity". i left for a weekend freshmen year, and it was fine.
     
  7. BlueSuiter

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    Not that this is guarenteed by any measure but we had at least one guy from my squad leave for his sister's wedding during BMT at the prep school.
     
  8. HNeedle

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    yep you can get special permission from a form to leave for special reasons. not a big deal at all
     
  9. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    I'm a good example (now you see why I'm an ALO, I did ALL the wrong, er, well...got lots of stories anyway :redface: ) of how it can and usually does work.

    I was on ACADEMIC PROBATION...yep...the Deans OTHER list.

    I was granted a 5 day pass to attend my fathers' wedding.

    It was debated but in the end: "Once on a lifetime" won out.

    So I'd say yes, it can be done!!!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     

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