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Discussion in 'Service Academy Parents' started by Mom96, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Mom96

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    Do cadets need to have their own health insurance once attending? Also, for USAFA in particular, after reporting at end of June, when is their first opportunity to talk to family? And their first opportunity to visit with family?
     
  2. Stealth_81

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    They will be covered by TriCare as active duty military members so they do not need their own health insurance.

    The first chance to talk to them will most likely be Doolie Day Out, which is halfway through BCT. However, do not ignore any phone calls from unfamiliar phone numbers at any time while they are in BCT (or after). Many upperclassmen will lend a cell phone to Doolies for a quick call as a reward for doing a good job in some aspect.

    The first chance you will normally get to see them would be Acceptance Day if you can make it for that. It will only be a couple hour visit so do weigh the costs. We drove 20 hours (one way) to see him on A-Day and it was totally worth it for those two hours with him. The first real time after that to spend time with them will be Parents Weekend which is always Labor Day weekend. Do not miss Parents Weekend.

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  3. Mom96

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    Thanks for the reply and info.
     
  4. JMS

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    Mom, If you have family coverage anyway, you may wish to consider keeping Jr on the plan. I hope it is entirely without reason, but things happen and kids end up back at home or at a traditional college where evidence of coverage will be needed.
     
  5. nigel

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    To expand on what JMS said...

    One can keep adult children on their insurance until age 26. However, one a child over 18 is removed from the insurance they can not get back on. This is why it is advisable to carry your cadet on your insurance until they graduate.

    Nicole
     
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  6. MedB

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    Not to give away cadets secrets but...

    During the process of filling out security clearance info at the academy, more than one enterprising young cadet has been known to call home to clarify info they "forgot".

    Note: They can't talk at all and cadre are literally standing over them during the 20 second calls, but nice to hear thier voice and know they are safe. :wink:
     

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