VMI Scholarship to Morocco

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  1. JoeNJ

    JoeNJ New Member

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    I need to book a flight for my son to Casablanca from May to July, he got the VMI scholarship, but he has to book and pay the airfare and theres also a stip on what type of flights/carriers he can use , so im not sure if I can just book a $900 flight or its gonna be $5000 ...

    I dont understand this, can someone translate it into english? Who has or were do i find the co-flight list?

    "The Fly America ACT requires you to purchase your air ticket on a US carrier. Some international flights are co-listed as
    US and international, which complies with the act. In the event that you cannot comply with this act for some extenuating
    circumstance, then you are required to request a waiver in advance of your trip, and this must be approved by the DOD
    grant funding agency."
     
  2. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Easy- you need to book with a US Flag carrier (as opposed to say- Air France). However, for example if you were to book thru United from Newark they may have a code share flight with Lufthansa . Your ticket will still say United with a United Flt number even on the Lufthansa portion of the leg.

    BTW- congratulations on an excellent opportunity for your Son!
     
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  3. JoeNJ

    JoeNJ New Member

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    Thanks Bruno;
    If it hasnt shown thru yet, I only fly domestic $9 spirit were your luggage ticket costs more than yours.
    so if i understand you correctly the initial booking has to be through a US carrier or the ticket has to be in the name of a US carrier... So this type of flight I have below would NOT qualify, even though its operated by a US carrier becaise its initial booking is through KLM/Royal Dutch, who will most likley issue the boarding passes in the KLM name
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    EWR 6:05pm
    CMN 4:30pm +1 day 2 Stops
    18h 25m
    KLM 6054 operated by Delta
    KLM 1233
    KLM 2110 operated by Air France
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    I wish they booked all theese kids on one in house flight .....

    thanks again
     
  4. SAG

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    I thought the "Fly America Act" was only if the flight was being paid by the US Government. I don't think the "Fly America Act" would pertain to this situation as the US Government is not paying for the flights!
    My son is also attending the Morocco trip, and the stipulations I saw were only time arriving, time departing suggestions so that transportation to and from Fes would be provided.
    I believe he submitted the flight itineraries, and we have not heard anything back regarding carriers not being under the "US Flag".
     
  5. larry2013

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    My son went to Berlin last year - on Summer Aboard program in Mechanical Eng department. He also received a VMI"scholarship" - but it wasn't a GOVT funded thing - we too were told to book our own flights -with directions of window of time and airport for arrival and then departure.
    All the other cadets, doing various programs, had similiar requirements.
    So agree with above poster, dont think those rules apply - unless your son;s scholarship is something I am not familar with.
    Your son should have received some kind of instructions, etc - if you are desperate - you can always call the dept heading the trip = if you dont know that, call the academic advisor your son has.
    VMI is always helpful and when it comes to the funding parts of things, are respectful of parent role/involvement.
    larrys mom
     
  6. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    I'm not certain of this but I think that the Morroco Arabic language program is funded by the Army- so you might want to double check this stipulation that JoeNJ has raised - better safe than sorry when it comes to trying to get reimbursed. :eek:
     
  7. SAG

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    The VMI program as per the Project GO..."Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. Project GO is funded by the Defense Language Office, working through the National Security Education Program."
    Some of the scholarships cover airfare and therefore would be subject to the "Fly America Act", however if the scholarship covers tuition, classes, board and meals only , and you are responsible for airfare , then you do not fall under the "Fly America Act". This was confirmed by the National Project GO Coordinator.
    So hopefully she was right!!!
     

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