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trinity
11-25-2014, 13:31
Howdy! My son will be attending SFAS in a couple of months, and I have a few family-type questions about the Q course that I haven't seen addressed anywhere else. (Please be easy on me--I'm trying my best to get up to speed on Army lingo, abbreviations, etc. ;) )

1. Will he be able to receive mail during the course (even if only between phases)? What about packages?

2. Will he be in the field for essentially the entire course? Will he at any time be able to get a weekend pass? (I ask for two reasons: 1. to determine how long we should be prepared to keep his dog, and 2. trying to find a good time to schedule an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for his younger brother, who REALLY wants his big brother there).

3. What ceremonies (graduation, etc.) can we attend? (I found a couple of threads here about graduation, but those are both at least several years old, so not sure how current that info is.)

Pete
11-25-2014, 14:15
1. Yes, Yes - but not when in the woods.

2. No - lots of classroom work at Ft Bragg.

3. Yes. Most courses like Basic/AIT/OUST/Jump School have a graduation ceremony. SFAS does not. The SFQC does.

His time off in the Q Course will depend on his schedule and class track. Students are mostly off on four day weekends and some Christmas leaves are possible.

There will be a bunch of play it by ear for the two years he's going through the course.

It all depends...

Some in the course now might have a little more insight.

trinity
11-26-2014, 13:42
There will be a bunch of play it by ear for the two years he's going through the course.

Thanks, Pete! I appreciate your help. Would we have a few weeks' lead time to schedule the Court of Honor and send out invitations, or will it be something that he won't know until maybe a few days before?

Some in the course now might have a little more insight.
Any one else willing to chime in?

mark46th
11-28-2014, 21:50
I didn't even tell my parents that I was going to Special Forces training until after I graduated. How would I have been able to tell them if I failed?

JJ_BPK
11-29-2014, 06:25
I didn't even tell my parents that I was going to Special Forces training until after I graduated. How would I have been able to tell them if I failed?

When I told my parents, the first words were,,

"You don't play an instrument, Why do you want to be in the USO band??" :munchin

mark46th
11-29-2014, 17:19
:D

NF_NYC
11-29-2014, 19:43
I didn't even tell my parents that I was going to Special Forces training until after I graduated. How would I have been able to tell them if I failed?

It must've been hard not to say anything until you got the beret huh?

Ambush Master
11-29-2014, 22:42
Howdy! My son will be attending SFAS in a couple of months, and I have a few family-type questions about the Q course that I haven't seen addressed anywhere else. (Please be easy on me--I'm trying my best to get up to speed on Army lingo, abbreviations, etc. ;) )

1. Will he be able to receive mail during the course (even if only between phases)? What about packages?

2. Will he be in the field for essentially the entire course? Will he at any time be able to get a weekend pass? (I ask for two reasons: 1. to determine how long we should be prepared to keep his dog, and 2. trying to find a good time to schedule an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for his younger brother, who REALLY wants his big brother there).

3. What ceremonies (graduation, etc.) can we attend? (I found a couple of threads here about graduation, but those are both at least several years old, so not sure how current that info is.)

I have one Son who has Graduated the "Q" and another that is currently in "The Pipeline". I highly recommend that you attend his Airborne Graduation Ceremony!! The scheduling can be somewhat tenuous due to weather issues and the completion of the 5 Jumps, so a GREAT deal of patience may be required!! As far as his being able to "get away" for something, try to shedule it around "Long Weekend Holidays" and he may be able to make it. Contact me by PM in here with a phone # and I'll explain further.

Later
Martin

The Reaper
11-30-2014, 07:48
It must've been hard not to say anything until you got the beret huh?

It was before social media and instant connectivity disorder.

TR

NF_NYC
11-30-2014, 08:10
It was before social media and instant connectivity disorder.

TR

LOL, a well-deserved jab at my generation. :o

Team Sergeant
11-30-2014, 10:35
I also did not tell my family, my mother thought I was headed to Special Services.......

It does not take a village to raise a green beret, he does it on his own.

While I know this was a "family" thread, if your son succeeds he will be a changed man. He will not be the boy you used to know.

My advice, leave him alone right now, he needs to focus.

SF_BHT
11-30-2014, 12:46
My Family was not told until I had completed Phase III and was getting ready to graduate. It helped me focus and not have distractors but I was not raised in todays Social Media Generation that needs to tell all and have everything given them on a platter "G2". Hell All I knew was It was going to kick my ass and they would teach me everything I needed during the course. All you had to do was be a PT guru and deal with it.

trinity
12-02-2014, 10:39
While I know this was a "family" thread, if your son succeeds he will be a changed man. He will not be the boy you used to know.
He hasn't been a boy for some time now, and I know more changes are coming, whether he makes it through the Q course or not.

My advice, leave him alone right now, he needs to focus.
That's why I'm asking y'all about mail and graduation and such, and leaving him alone. :) Besides, I'm pretty sure he doesn't know any of that yet.