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TexasAggie204

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I might add that I would recommend getting an extra original of your child's official birth certificate and social security card. I got "separated" from my originals (mind you, years ago) somewhere in the process and never got them back from the military. You're going to likely need to send your DS/DD away with originals that they may or may not ever get back. And the good news is, if they do get them back, they can have there own originals for adulthood.
 

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If you come from one of the very small number of states that has not completely implemented Real ID for drivers license, get that done now. My DS's drivers license expires in two months and he was supposed to get Real ID over winter break. He didn't bring home his passport or social security card and did not have enough ID to get Real ID (he had a still-active drivers license, certified birth certificate, tax return, military ID, and selective service card and was turned away).
 

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Just a suggestion... while I applaud the forethought, I would recommend waiting until you get direction from the Service Academy about immunizations that are required. Even if the list above is based upon prior classes --things change ! Also, unless you have a problem with wisdom teeth, why risk a disqualifying complication. If the Service Academy/Service want's the wisdom teeth gone, they will handle it. (It's good training for the young dentists ;)!)
You’re absolutely right on the wisdom teeth thing.

That was part of our decision making processing. Taking out DD’s wisdom teeth would have been preventive in nature rather than taking them out because of pain. She was completely asymptomatic - and could remain so for years- so we didn’t want to take them out when there’s a chance she may never need them out.
 

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****Exception for USMMA, where mids are required to have their own medical insurance and where even asymptomatic wisdom teeth almost always have to come out prior to sea year.
 

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@tryingmybest Lots of posts on Wisdom Teeth, suggest you check them out. I'm in favor of having your dentist recommend an Oral Surgeon. The Oral Surgeon only has the equipment necessary to make an informed decision regarding Wisdom Teeth extraction.
The surgeon will take a Panoramic X-Ray which will make it very clear if the teeth have to go or not.
The thing is this; the pain comes & goes & comes & goes until one day it comes & doesn't go. Murphy's Law dictates this will occur at the worst possible time.
FYI Your DS will be an adult for HIPAA regs so you as a parent will not have access to his medical info from that time on unless he authorizes it at the Dr./Dentists office.
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What they should look like... When they have to come out!
 

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I might add that I would recommend getting an extra original of your child's official birth certificate and social security card. I got "separated" from my originals (mind you, years ago) somewhere in the process and never got them back from the military. You're going to likely need to send your DS/DD away with originals that they may or may not ever get back. And the good news is, if they do get them back, they can have there own originals for adulthood.
Good point. All legal documents. Also check the name. My parents couldn’t decide what to name me so my birth certificate was “BABY BOY ___________”. No one ever thought of changing it. At basic training one of the questions asked by the drill sergeants in a big class room was “Does anyone go by a name that’s different than that on their birth certificate.” Uh oh. You can imagine my nickname for the rest of basic training.
Finally, consider a POA. My DD had some serious pay issues due to her prior service. She was getting “no pay due” her Plebe year and was having a tough time between sports and academics getting it straightened out. It was helpful for her that I had a POA and was able to go by a finance office and get it fixed. Even the NCO there commented that he hadn’t seen a more messed up pay issue in a long time. Other issues may crop up where a POA is helpful. Yeah, they’re “adults”, but they are also Plebes, college students, and often just heading out on their own. They need to swim but they may need some help/guidance.
 

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My parents couldn’t decide what to name me so my birth certificate was “BABY BOY ___________”. No one ever thought of changing it.
That's funny...I worked with a young lady back in the day that went by B.G. When I got to know her better, I asked her what B.G. stood for. Similar story, parents couldn't think of an agreeable name so it was Baby Girl on her birth certificate. The name stuck.
 

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That's funny...I worked with a young lady back in the day that went by B.G. When I got to know her better, I asked her what B.G. stood for. Similar story, parents couldn't think of an agreeable name so it was Baby Girl on her birth certificate. The name stuck.
I had no idea until a few days prior to basic training as I was getting together the required documents and asked my parents for a copy of my birth certificate. I looked at the name and said: "Mom, what the heck???" She was like "Oh yeah. We always meant to correct that." Of course, there wasn't time to do so at this point.
I'm thinking, "I'm $%^#$."
When the recruiter picks me up I ask him what I should do. "Dude, you're ^%^$&*".
I get to the MEPS station and ask the personnel NCO there if there's anything that can be done about it. "Dude, you're &^%%^$."
At basic training, we are filling out forms in a large auditorium. A drill sergeant who looks and sounds like Mr. T is marching back and forth on the stage shouting instructions at us for each form (in black ink, no blue ink). He finally gets to the birth certificates and tells us to put it in a certain folder with a certain form and hand it to the center. "YES!!" I think I've dodged it. Then he turns to us and in his Mr. T voice shouts, "Do any of you fools go by a name that's different from the name on your birth certificate." Rats.
 

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The hospital put a different name on my birth certificate than my parents put on my baptismal certificate. They never realized the error until I was doing paperwork for OCS. Baptismal middle name was the long version. I always thought my name was the baptismal version, having heard my mother yell out the full name often enough when I’d done something naughty or failed to come when called.

My SS card was baptismal. My passport was birth certificate. HS transcripts were baptismal. Argh. My mother insisted to the end of her life my name was the baptismal.

On military security clearance questionnaires, I always had to enter “AKA” information.

At least for TSA and Global Entry purposes, along with passport and Real ID, everything is all square. I’ll have to jump a few hoops with Social Security down the road, but the SSN is consistent across all records.

Did I say Argh.
 

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I love the stories that emerge from the process of naming babies. My wife is the sixth child in her family, and when she was born her dad was in the hospital for measles (or mumps, maybe? not important) so mom was worn out by the time the baby arrived. When it came time to name the child she just said Carolyn and went to sleep, so until we were married my wife had no middle name.
 
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