Posted on Jun 5, 2015
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Just found out the drill dates for FY 16 , my unit is having AT in November, I'm currently in my senior year in college and will be graduating in December, CCs and former CCs would let your SM be excused from AT and make up the days in the summer or say college comes second. 2 weeks is a lot of school to miss in the middle of the school year.
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CPT Laurie D.
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Civilian education conflicts has to be one of the most compelling reasons for a Soldier to be granted an alternate AT. I honestly can't imagine any Commander would not let you make up AT, especially if you approach them with a plan. Let them know exactly when you're available and more than likely they'll work with you so it works out for both you and your leadership.

Since you just found out the training dates, bring up the conflict ASAP. Your CoC will appreciate that you are on top of your commitments.
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LTC Brian Croteau
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When I commanded a USAR company, one year we had a major exercise we were supporting and would be sending chunks of the unit in increments beginning in March. One of my soldiers was a college student who couldn't go for the whole 2-week chunk in the middle of the semester, so I arranged an alternate AT for him with a different unit that had a need for his MOS. It can be done, but the command structure has to WANT to accommodate you, the soldier. Make an appointment w/ your platoon/section leadership and ask for support for you pushing it further up the chain. Use the phrase, "I'm willing to do an AT, as required by my membership in the Guard, but I cannot go during that time frame. Is it possible to to arrange an alternate AT?" And repeat it and repeat it and repeat it, occasionally throwing in, "Did I mention the AT period is only X weeks before the end of the semester and I'm graduating in December?"
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Lt Col Larry Gamble
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Unless you are having a major inspection or exercise during that AT, your leadership should be accommodating to letting you reschedule. It is something to bring up early and not spring it on them after they started the deployment planning.
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