Summer period

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  1. John41057

    John41057 Member

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    Hi
    When I look on the calendar it shows summer 1st period, 2nd period, 3rd period. How do we tell when our cadets will be home for summer? We need to plan his sisters wedding and I don't know how this two weeks or ? off works.
    Regards
    John
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    You need to ask him.
     
  3. Usafamom2016

    Usafamom2016 Member

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    I'm assuming you are a C4C. Summer sessions are used for military and leadership training. After C4C year they may have 1 session on leave, 1 for ESET (survival training) and one for airmanship: jump, soaring or space. Some cadets may need to skip airmanship to make up a class and some voluntarily give up leave to take a class over the summer. ICs sometimes do this to relieve a packed schedule during season.

    Sometime after winter break your cadet will put in a request for the summer sessions. He/she will rank their order of priority, how much they want a certain session for leave, jump vs soaring, etc. If it is important for you cadet to be off a certain summer session, for example, they could put that as a '10' with a better chance to get it off, though certainly not guaranteed. I believe class rank matters as those with higher class rank have a better chance to get their first choices. If I recall last year we found out around spring break what the summer schedule is. Clearly that is late for you to be planning wedding date. You will likely just have to set a date and hope he can get that session for leave. The summer sessions run 7 days a week, so don't plan on having a weekend off.

    Another alternative is before graduation. There is an opportunity for a 96 hour pass after finals and prior to graduation week. Not sure the exact timing of that but your cadet could probably find that out now. Of course, this is assuming that he/she is not restricted in any way.

    Worst case scenario: One of our classmates missed his brother's high school graduation and his family made a full sized likeness of their cadet and took him to all the events so he could be in the pictures. 'when life hands you lemons, make lemonade'

    Congratulations on the wedding!!
     
  4. Blackbird

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    Last year, DS (then a C4C) was able to get his Summer Session leave changed so that he could participate in a close friend's wedding. However, it was not easy for him to get the change approved. His AOC really had to work on it. And there were other C4C's he knows that were not able to get their schedule changed even to attend the wedding of a sibling. Sorry. I'm sure that's not the news you were hoping for.
     
  5. aggie83

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    When our son was a C4C, his sister had her wedding planned for late July which was 3rd summer session. He just put in his request to have 3rd summer session as leave and listed the reason as his sister was getting married and he was an usher. There did not seem to be any problem getting that granted.
     
  6. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    Summer preferences are usually submitted in mid-February. However, starting last year, you could also submit a memo requesting a specific summer period off for a 'once in a lifetime event' such as a wedding. If USAFA could accommodate the special requests, they did. Make sure your son submits that memo, and he should be fine.
     
  7. John41057

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    time off for wedding

    Thanks for the info, I will tell him about the memo.
    Regards
    John
     

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