graduation and health insurance?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by homewith4, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. homewith4

    homewith4 5-Year Member

    Mar 18, 2009
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    Can commissioned grads be covered under tricare? I was looking to enroll my son in tricare young adult and one of the eligibility requirements is "not otherwise be eligible for tricare coverage". I thought I read on here a few years ago that they were.

    I called tricare. The rep had no idea if he could be covered and asked me to call command...well, who is "command"?
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    Grads go through the commissioning ceremony but are not considered "Activated" until the date that is on their orders for BOLC (Army) or other training for the other services. The new grads are not covered under TriCare until that date.

    Some grads wait up to a year or even longer before their report date, during that time they are neither paid or receive any benefits and their Time in Service doesn't start until the report date.
  3. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    The grads are given an option to pay for Tri-Care on their own, or you can pay for them under the young adults because as stated they are not considered Active. At least that was what DS was offered in 12. They should be telling the cadets about that now. I don't recall which Tri-Care package it was they can get. DS opted not to carry insurance because he had a full time job lined up before he graduated for the time he was going to be home, and used the employers healthcare.

    Actually time in service does start the minute they commission. Time in rank does not start until they report. It is a little loophole for ROTC, or at least the AF,

    For example:
    Bullet and our DS commissioned May 25th (25 years apart). Bullet got his longevity pay increase every May. He did not report until March, so the AF took the avg between those two dates and his date of rank was October.

    When Bullet retired in Aug 08, he retired with 21 years, although he only had 20 in ADAF time. I don't know about doing four and the door if that is the same....I doubt it, and even if it did, the fact is it is hard to sync up walking out exactly the four year point because of the wait, than the schools they maybe required to attend, and most assignments stateside are 3.4 years. Take TA and you owe more time.

    Our DS has the same thing right now. His DOR will be Aug because DS reported earlier. So IOTWs on May 25th this year he will get his two year pay increase, he will pin on his O2 rank Aug 1st. Every promotion board he meets while AD will be based on the Aug 1st date.
    ~~~~ For those going rated, there will be a third date regarding pay. Flight pay. That starts when you start UPT/UNT/ABM/RPA. DS was on casual at LAFB starting Sept 30th, but he didn't start UPT until April 2nd. His longetivity flight pay is tied to the April date.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2014

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