Prior Enlisted cadet--LDS Mission--Possibility?


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Mar 13, 2014
Hello everyone,

I am currently a 3 degree here at USAFA and am a prior enlisted preppie who is interested in serving an LDS mission. I have made the decision to serve a mission and meet all of the age requirements for readmission exceeding all academic, military and physical requirements. However, I ran into an issue that my AOC just told me about.
For those familiar with an LDS mission, you Form 34 from USAFA and reapply. For me, my contract goes from 1 June 2012 to 1 June 2018 meaning that if I Form 34 from USAFA, I owe time on the enlusted side. Does anyone know where I can find the regs or answers on exceptions to this? Is it possible to go and serve a mission still or is my contract completely binding? I have full intentions of coming back and commissioning in 2021 vs 2019 where I am now.

Thank you in advance for your help!
Can't help you specifically. We are not LDS, but I have nothing but admiration for what you are aspiring to do. Not many of your generation, or any generation for that matter, can show the discipline and dedication that the LDS mission requires. More and more businesses see it and want it for their organizations. Let's hope the US military does the same.

DS had an LDS running mate in AROTC who did a mission in Korea. He was not prior enlisted. I witnessed his language skills at a Korean restaurant and I thought we were going to need smelling salts for the waitress. A great kid and a great wingman for my envelope pushing DS.

I wish you the best of luck and I hope it works out!
I suspect you are going to have to speak to someone familiar with the legal aspects of your question.

My sons had a dear friend who went on a two-year mission and reapplied with no difficulty, but he was not prior enlisted, nor a prepster. If you are indeed both a prior enlisted AND a prep school grad, I suspect you may be running into some age related constraints, especially if your mission is for two years.
Head to your local JAG office or just visit the Law Department - someone there would probably enjoy researching it for you. The Law Department was very helpful to me as a cadet.
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