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    Using Tricare after commissioning but before EAD

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    So my husband needs to see a dr about a bad sinus infection that he has. He has commissioned from AFROTC, but will not EAD until July 4th. He is covered with Tricare right now so does he just show up at a base hospital/medical centre or does he need to do something else? Thanks
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    as long as he has an ID card he can go on base or to the ER
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    He doesn't have an Active ID card yet. He has an ID card with ROTC as the rank because the people who did his inactive reserve ID card put that in instead of E-5 like it should have been. He was told that he couldn't get his 2nd LT card until July 4th.
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    DH and I couldn't use Tricare until he was considered AD.
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    They have changed the rules now since there are such long wait times between commissioning and EAD dates
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    A friend of ours just went to BOLC in February after commissioning in August, and she couldn't use Tricare until she went active either.
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    The Tricare website says those in the inactive reserve are not eligible for Tricare.
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    When my husband commissioned, he signed a document, as part of his commissioning paperwork that stated he is eligible for Tricare as soon as he commissions (I used the word commission a lot there lol). Basically, all AFROTC cadets (could be branch specific) are covered by Tricare when they commission, but not their dependents etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamzyn View Post
    When my husband commissioned, he signed a document, as part of his commissioning paperwork that stated he is eligible for Tricare as soon as he commissions (I used the word commission a lot there lol). Basically, all AFROTC cadets (could be branch specific) are covered by Tricare when they commission, but not their dependents etc.
    I don't know what you signed. but there is no info on the tricare site regarding commisioning- it clearly states you are either active Duty, retired or active reserve component.

    there is no section that covers the delay in commisioning and entry into AD status.

    you can call tricare and ask
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsgirl View Post
    I don't know what you signed. but there is no info on the tricare site regarding commisioning- it clearly states you are either active Duty, retired or active reserve component.

    there is no section that covers the delay in commisioning and entry into AD status.

    you can call tricare and ask
    This is going to be your best bet OP. I have friends that just commissioned in May (Army) and they do not get Tricare until they go active.

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