wg6524 wrote:wg6524 wrote:Decimus wrote:wg6524 wrote:Eric.Harvey wrote:wg6524 wrote:Stubbazubba wrote:So I don't remember the fellow on the phone mentioning about what to expect/do next. Is there an e-mail packet coming, a snail mail packet, or am I supposed to be reaching out for something more?
My understanding is that there's an official notification email that will go out soon. We'll have to accept or reject within a certain time period (15-20 days) then they'll assign us a recruiter for the commissioning part. That's when all the fun paperwork begins.
Here's my concern on NJS. When does medical start for my family? Honestly, I'm pretty comfortable on TRICARE right now with the reserves. My understanding is that when we commission, it's to the IRR, then to the AD list for ODS, then to the IRR again until bar results, then back to the AD list for NJS and beyond. From my understanding, once I get separation orders from the USAR, TRICARE stops and I might be able to get COBRA (or whatever they're calling it now). The time at ODS wouldn't be enough to start the TRICARE benefit and you can't get TRICARE Reserve in the IRR.
So here's my thought: Can I wait to go to ODS until after I can line up ODS and NJS back to back? Minimize the downtime and hassle with keeping my kiddos' doctor's intact.
Whenever you enter or exit AD you have a six month Tricare window on both ends. If you are currently on Tricare right now that will cover you up until you commission. But you should always contact Tricare to confirm your coverage eligibility because they can always make some exceptions if they are feeling generous.
The problem is that to go to law school, I went SELRES. I had that TAMP-180 when I left AD. I've never heard of the six months before active duty TIRCARE eligibility though, I'm going to call and find out more. Thanks for the idea!
I'm in the same situation--so if you find something out, let me know! So far, everyone just shrugs. I'm reticent to call Tricare on the chance that I'd actually just be tipping them off.
The conversation with TRICARE boiled down to "We have TAMP-180 on the back end of AD time; but nothing for the front end. You'd have to use the CHCBP to cover you."
I keep getting shrugs from recruiting also. It's like they don't get "dinged" on their mission requirement if they have attrition due to non-procedure type stuff. When I've worked around USAREC (Army Recruiting) in years past, losing someone due to something you could have helped figure out (like healthcare) was an easy way to end up in in the 1SG's office.
I called TRICARE and laid it out for them. They said they've seen people in my situation before and can help with the CHAMPS benefit which is 3,087 for a family paid per quarter, in advance and generally not refundable if you use only a partial quarter. I'll keep you advised as to what they say when I call tomorrow
Sorry. Try that one again. The conversation with TRICARE boiled down to "We have TAMP-180 on the back end of AD time; but nothing for the front end. You'd have to use the CHCBP to cover you."