Hello fellow moms! I am different than many of you in that I'm very HAPPY that my son is in BC :) This is the best decision he has ever made for himself and I've never seen him so lit up about anything. I just want him to feel the pride of accomplishment that I know BC, A School and the Navy will allow him.
My question: My husband is a British citizen that is a permanent resident alien here in the US. When my son signed on for DEP and did MEPS the first time, there was some question initially as to whether he would be able to have his desired career in IT because of this fact. My husband had to show his A card then and my son was told it was fine.
Evan left for BC on 2/14. We got the initial "I'm here, talk to you in 3 weeks" call that first night. Then two nights later we got a call from him saying that they needed us to fax his dad's A card and birth certificate. I asked why and he said the recruiter had that information but 'the IT Lady doesn't have it'. I didn't get to ask any questions but we are worried now that there is going to be some issue with him getting sercurity clearance for his contracted job and so won't get it. I have read on another website that immediate family must be US citizens or citizens of 'low risk countries', but can't find any list of those countries.
I had a response from a retired MC on a Navy blog that he thought our son would be fine, but I'd love to hear from someone that's had direct experience. Anyone have any advice or experience on this issue?
Hi, I am British with an A card and have lived in the states for 23 years. My husband is a US citizen My son had to do a lot more paperwork at MEPS and with his recruiter, but all was well and this June he will have been in 4 years, not sure his level of clearance, but he's an FC. Made 2nd class this past winter and is out on his first deployment. It just means more paperwork, he should be fine.
Thanks, Helen. That sounds just like our situation. The more I hear, the more confident I feel that all will be well. We did the extra MEPS stuff also, so that's why I was surprised to have it come up again, but I've had others tell me the recruiters may have forgotten to send along that paperwork or something very simple like that.
Congratulations on your sailor - I'm sure you are very proud of him :)
My nephew is in A school to be an FC also. I'm learning a lot about all these acronyms. LOL