usma general questions

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  1. doubleappointee

    doubleappointee New Member

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    i have read that cadets are considered active duty. is this true? and is it considered the same active duty as, well, active duty? what i mean is, say a cadet serves six years after graduation, is that considered a ten year service time?

    also, i know that usma uses a very secure network. are cadets allowed to have devices such as ipods that use wifi? can they use the academy wifi on their ipods?

    lastly, and i know this may seem like a little presumptious, but are new cadets paid during cbt?
     
  2. vampsoul

    vampsoul Candidate

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    Yes, cadets are considered active duty. No, it does not count as time towards service. No idea about the ipod thing; I would guess it is dependent upon each company. I don't think you get your stipend during CBT since you're not technically part of the Corps yet, but I could be wrong (I'm a reporting new cadet, so these answers are based on knowledge I've learned from others, not experience).
     
  3. sprtzm

    sprtzm Member

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    You do get stipend during beast......not that you have anywhere to spend it!
     
  4. coffeecup3

    coffeecup3 Member

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    When I was visiting for an overnight visit a few months ago, I was able to get facebook on my phone. Also on the information booklet online for appointees, the section dealing with bank accounts mentions something about your first deposit so yes you earn a stipend during bct.
     
  5. WestPointer14

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    Actually after serving twenty years the four while at west point count as service. So you can't get half retirement (Usually year 20) at your 16th year out of the academy, but you can get full retirement (Usually year 30) at year 26.
     
  6. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    Yes

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    Yes.
    You will see your first pay deposit at the end of July. You may see your travel reimbursements deposited a week or so after R-Day.
     
  7. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Actually, that's an incorrect statement WestPointer14. The Academy time only counts if you retire and move onto a civilian government job (so it would be retired 20, + 4 years at the Academy + time spent in a government civilian job). This question has been posted a lot around SAF, hopefully Bullet, CC, ScoutPilot or someone will post here as well.

    However, if your someone who's had 4 years of enlisted time before going to an SA, that will count.
     
  8. scoutpilot

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    No, you cannot. That is an egregious rumor. Your time at WP does not count EVER toward retirement. Your BASD will be your graduation date, and never changes. The only variable is prior enlisted time.

    http://militarypay.defense.gov/retirement/ad/19_faqs.html

    As for what was said about the civilian pay system, it's a complex system wherein you have to "buy-back" your academy years to make them part of the eligible time under the civilian system. Those years will never count toward military retirement.
     

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