Magic date ?

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  1. alparent

    alparent Member

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    We thought we read somewhere that there was a particular date that once you pass it you cannot be turned back (not sure if that's the correct terminology) if you get injured. We are trying to finalize a backup plan and one of the colleges require a new student conference. We are not sure which session to register for, and would like to push it out as far as possible - hoping DS gets accepted to USAFA. We have read about unexpected injuries resulting in plan B all of sudden becoming plan A because of a turnback. Just wondering what that magic date is - if there is one.
     
  2. cadet15

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    There is no magical date as much as a magical amount of training. I believe it is 7 days of training during BCT that is the limit of missed training allowed before they consider turning you back to the next year. It is generally a case by case basis though.
     
  3. Blackbird

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    An Appointee can be turned back on I-Day for medical or other reasons. So getting medically accepted on I-Day is a key day. Then Basics can be sent home from BCT because of injury (and not return) or be turned back to return the next year depending on the injury. Basics are limited in the number of days they can miss during BCT because of injury or sickness, but I am not sure of the actual number of days. A-Day is another key day as it marks the acceptance of the Basics and the likelyhood of being out processed for an jury decreases. Some people keep B-Plans active until A-Day in August so that may be the day you are looking for. However, I believe that a cadet can be discharged from the Academy pretty much anytime if they suffer some serious injury that makes them unable to continue at USAFA.
     
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    I had my parents hold on to all of the scholarships I got to in-state schools till the last week of BCT just in case I got hurt. They then declined them after I got to that seven day window. Just something to possibly consider. War Eagle! :thumb:
     
  5. Usafamom2016

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    Magic date

    If you are injured before reporting or are turned away at I-day you will need to reapply with new nomination, etc. Once you are sworn in at I day if you are injured and cannot complete BCT (not sure how many days you can miss but certainly not more than 7 days) you may be allowed a 'medical turnback'. This means you may report next year to BCT and do not have to reapply or get a new nomination, etc. If you are injured after BCT they will generally keep you there unless it is a prolonged injury. There was a C3C who had 2 fractured feet and was told by the doctors she would not be able to run for a year. She separated from USAFA.
     
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    If this is the same C3C that I know, she separated for a lot of different reasons. If she hadn't left on her own, they would have done it for her.
     
  7. Christcorp

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    It's a little more complicated than just "Reporting". It's actually really simple.

    1. Report for I-day. Process in.
    2. 2nd day is when you take your "OATH". THAT is the magic date. If you get hurt or leave prior to taking the oath, then when you apply the next year, you start ALL OVER AGAIN. 100%. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Just like you never applied before.
    3. Get hurt or have to leave AFTER TAKING YOUR OATH. You do NOT have to go through the application process again. Basically; as long as DODMRB clears you the next year, and whatever medically made you leave is all fixed; then you are automatically put back into the next year's class.

    3a. If the injuring during BCT, after taking your oath, keeps you out of training for LESS than 8 days, you can be permitted to continue on with training and NOT be sent home. This 8 day requirement is waiverable. The class of 2013, this year's seniors, got hit with swine flu. Hundreds of basic trainees got sick. The 8 days were waivered and most were able to stay at the academy.

    The good thing about the academy and backup plans is: The academy starts the LAST THURSDAY in June. Even if you made it 100% through Basic Training and then QUIT!!! That would only take you to the First Wednesday of August. You still have time to quit, go home, and start another college/university. Assuming you already had your backup plan figured out.
     
  8. alparent

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    Holy Cow... you guys are AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much! This forum rocks!!:rockon:
     

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