E-qip

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  1. brovol

    brovol Member

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    My son got the Eqip email a few days ago, and he worked on it yesterday. We printed out a bunch of forms, including releases which he signed electronically. He said he submitted everything, but there wasn't anything that seemed to confirm the submission. No email or anything like that.

    Here is my concern. He had wisdom teeth removed in the morning, and did this in the afternoon. Probably not the best practice, but it is what it is. Most of it was done the day before, but the submission was yesterday. Because he didn't receive an email confirming that it was submitted and accepted, and because the Eqip needs to be completed in only a few days, I am slightly concerned that there could be a problem.

    Btw, he thinks it was submitted properly, and no issues. I am the paranoid type though.

    Is there a way of checking or confirming?
     
  2. Ken2012

    Ken2012 5-Year Member

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    When I submitted mine, I didn't get an e-mail confirmation until the next day.

    Just curious, is your son able to log back in? I know I can't right now after submitting it, but I'm not sure if that's a concrete method of checking.
     
  3. brovol

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    No he can't log back in. So that's probably a good sign, huh?

    He just answered a ton of questions, and then printed out a package of about 37 pages, and then printed receipt copies of medical and other releases which were electronically signed. Then I think he submitted. After that he is locked out of system. Same with you?
     
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    Ken2012 5-Year Member

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    Yes, that's how it is with mine as well.
     
  5. brovol

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    OK. Thanks. Feel better about it now.
     
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    We haven't gotten our equip access yet but I'm wondering, does it really give you 5 days to complete as I saw somewhere?
     
  7. brovol

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    Yes
     
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    We e-mailed West Point from her portal and then called the number on equip. She had not submitted hers correctly and had to do one more step.
     
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    What kinds of questions are on the equip? My DS is headed to USMAPS and he just got the emails to start the process. Is there information that I need to get together for him ahead of time to expedite filling this out?
     
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    If I remember right when you fill it out they e-mail you back in 24-72 hours. I think they do a review at OPM before they accept and it is not an automatic scan accept if that makes sense.

    Hallowed Ground09: EQIP has you fill out a background questionnaire for security clearance. They will ask for places lived the last 10 years, places you work and each must have a reference. Additionally, you're asked for 3-5 separate individuals for reference. For a High Schooler probably coaches/teachers/Sunday school teachers or close family friends are the best options. They also ask a standard series of questions particularly focused on any time spent overseas, foreign contacts and some questions on loyalty to the government. Just make sure you have information on hand like dates abroad and addresses for any overseas friends or family.

    A few TTPs since you'll do this every 10 years for a Secret Clearance and every 5 for a Top Secret that I have picked up in 15 years.
    - It is hard to keep track of all the addresses particularly with TDY and Deployment but I realized the two places where I could find it were accounts like Amazon or on tax returns so don't forget those if you move around a lot.
    - For reference information you need phone numbers and physical addresses. As a single guy I struggled with this and never thought to ask my parents but now as a married guy I realized they had the Rosetta Stone of that in their Christmas Card list. So moms and dads send that to your DS/DD when they have to fill it out and it will probably make it a lot easier.
     
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    My DD got it today and completed it. She saved the docs instead of printing them. Her reasoning was that nothing needed to be physically submitted, but instead electronically done. Is this accurate? Also, did you or your DS/DD receive an email saying it was accepted/completed?
    Thanks!!
     
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    My DD got it today and completed it. She saved the docs instead of printing them. Her reasoning was that nothing needed to be physically submitted, but instead electronically done. Is this accurate? Also, did you or your DS/DD receive an email saying it was accepted/completed?
    Thanks!!
     
  13. brovol

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    I believe the answer to the first question is yes, but I told my son to print everything regardless. I can not recall though if he got an email confirmation. I assume he did, but can remember. Sorry.
     
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  14. DrMom

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    @brovol and other new parents. I strongly suggest that you join the West Point Parents 2021 page in Facebook. You will receive official information and discussion from those going through this now.
     
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    I have a kid in the class of 2020, so I am on that page. The WP parents page, BTW, is very active prior to and during R-DAY, then kind of evolves into a forum for Deb Dalton to provide updated information, because the moms and dads pages essentially become the "discussion" forums. All great resources. Deb Dalton is great, and is always responsive, but I think she knows that it's the Plebe parents who need more info.
     
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    Brovol. Deb kicks it into high gear again for graduation--sobstamd by w your 2020. Also she just has been empowered to post on all of the official parent pages as West Point Parents...I think this will enable even greater sharing.
    She is such an asset to West Point--and to moms and dads everywhere trying to bumble through supporting a Cadet. (She really helped me when #1 started and The timing coincided with our repatriation--and we just didn't have anything (i.e. No car, no house, all our things on the slow boat from Indonesia) so getting him on time to the right place with the right equipment and documentation seemed like an impossible task. I am always so thankful... and then I was not sure how I could get him home for thanksgiving--and he wouldn't know because he had not lived in the US-- and then she told me about our local parents club that runs buses. Such a blessing. )
     
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    Hearing things like this makes my heart SMILE!
     
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    RL...are you on the page? It is ok to be confused. You've never done this before and neither has your child. You will be surprised at how quickly your kid learns how to get to the airport and how to get a new passport--although I suggest renewing it NOW before they leave for school. However, it is hard to look at your high school senior and think, "Fly now, be free! You know everything..." when really, they don't know everything but indeed, they are going to 'school' and will be taught so many of these independent life skills that seem to have very little to do with academics or being in the military. Deb Dalton is great and I know that the new parents are asking, asking, asking--there is so much to do... but I promise that right now you are like, "there is no way my kid can do this alone" but three months from now, your kid will be kicking it. Again, for my guy, I did help him with the prep--and the EQIP--but once he got there, he was the one who knew things, who found rides home, he never asked for money--and I swear that I still do not know how he learned to drive but he got his license spring break of Plebe year. It is an enormous transformation.

    @jllera1 ... are you on the 2021 page? Also, this might seem silly now but ask your daughter to print out her material. Five or ten years from now she will be using a different computer and a different cloud. She should print and if you all have a safe place in your house where you store your most important documents like birth certificates and the mortgage, it should go in there. She might go to school and NEVER open her high school or home computer again. When she reapplies, every time for the rest of her life, she will have to reproduce this information...if she goes from a secret to a top secret, she will have to provide additional details on this information. She might be doing that in a couple of years while at West Point depending on her summer internships or her choice of branch.
    Printing out the documents and saving them in a safe place is the best strategy.
     
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  19. jllera1

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    Yepper. Joined a few of the fb pages and was lucky enough to meet Deb at WP when my DD did her overnight visited a few weeks ago.
     
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  20. jllera1

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    Great advise. Yes, DD has saved it and emailed me a copy. I have a computer file with all of our docs and tend to print out and/or maintain hard copied, as needed. My other half manages Homeland security at our airport and goes through the E-QIP, every 10 yrs, or so (guess I could've asked her, lol). We live in Central Florida, so we tend to put those hard copies (birth certificates, passports, etc) in a life/water/fire proof case, but having it in a computer file and with todays technologies, we find keeping things this way works well.

    She actually did it all by herself. She just asked me for her passport and then told me why. She is a pretty independent young women. She's been driving and got a car at 16 yrs old and we taught her stick shift too, just in case, lol. My concern during beast is that we get a phone call or letter (for our sake)
     
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