I sent an e-mail to United Airlines last week asking them if New cadets were allowed baggage fee exemptions like active duty personnel. I let them know my accepted DS was not active duty at this time. The response I received this week stated "military recruits are eligible; the recruit must present orders to receive the Military baggage exemption." The exemption is for up to 4 bags. Of course my DS only wants to check one bag, and that is only due to his desire to bring a multitool to beast. He will bring a copy of his acceptance to USMA and some info stating the time and date of R-Day in an effort to receive the baggage fee exemption. Hope this info helps someone.