Good afternoon, Many of you have seen my posts beforehand and previously thought I have decided to stay, however, life has hit me with a hammer and I need your advice and or help. My grandmother, who has acted as my mother throughout my life, has just been diagnosed with Stage III Uterine Sarcoma. The doctors estimate that she has about 9 months to a year depending on the treatment she receives. Over the last year of me being at the academy, she has been homeless and floating at staying at friend's house due to the decline of her health. I don't think I could live with myself being at the academy knowing that I could be spending quality time with her and family. The one thing you don't get back in life is family and she deserves to enjoy her time with me, her grandson, as I am the only thing she cherishes in life. My grandmother does not have anyone else that could take care of her, as I am the only family she has. I'm not throwing out being in the Air Force in the future so I did have a couple of questions 1. I know the academy offers "a year off" to individuals who declare good faith and reasoning. Will I be able to do this for my grandmother? 2. Will I be able to attend school at a state university if I did take that year off? 3. What options do I have of staying at the academy, if I decide to do so, in order to take care of my grandmother? 4. If I do leave, how would I be able to become a pilot through OTS if I attend civilian college?