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I KNOW this information is on N4Ms. I have been all over the site and the web trying to get accurate info on a Power of attorney. My son leaves for boot camp in 3 weeks. I am confused as it appears there are quite a few types of POAs. There is also a LOT of conflicting info regarding the need for one. I would appreciate any help anyone can offer on this matter.

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There are several Discssions about this.  Here is one of the Discussions on this:  ttp://

I think I would definitely recommend a Medical Power of Attorney because otherwise you will not be able to receive information about him if he is injured.  I did not think about that prior to BC and fortunately it was not an issue, but some have had to deal with waiting until their Recruit is able to sign the form indicating who information can be shared with.

Think about your situation and decide if you need the other Power of Attorney.  We did not feel I needed one.  I was already listed on the bills that my son had and we had set up a bank account that I have access to so that I could take care of anything that came in and now that he is away I can also loan/give him money easily as needed.  He called his cell phone company prior to leaving for BC and had me listed on there as a person they could talk with so that I could activate his cell phone again right before PIR--service was suspended while he was at BC.  If your son has bills that are listed in his name only, will have a pay check that will need to be picked up rather than being mailed after he leaves, will have taxes to take care of, will have any titles or insurance (car, motorcycle....) to take care of, or there are other things that would require his signature that couldn't wait, then having a Power of Attorney will allow you to take care of them for him.

Excellent information. Thank you so much.

Can anyone recommend a site to download 

the correct form(s).

Thank you~Dale then click on the second one (General Power of Attorney) if you need that (There are parts of that that one might not want to agree to, in my opinion, and would cross off and initial to indicate that they are not in effect as part of the POA.) 

Medical Power of Attorney I have known of people who have revised this into a Consent to Receive Medical Information to only indicate that the parent/s would be able to receive information.  In either case, the form must be notorized.

Those are forms I found, but do not have any personal connections to, so they would probably need to be "tweaked" to fit your situation.  Some other forms are out there and an attorney would also have them, but they do not have to be drawn up by an attorney.  There is certain language that must be in the form for HIPAA so it is good to double check that.

Thank you very much. I really appreciate it. ~Dale
In the nearly 3 years that my son has been in the Navy, there has only been one time that a Power of Attorney would have been nice and that was when my Sailor was overseas and he had to have his state income taxes filed and the tax preparers on his base did not have something he needed so he sent everything to me in an email and our preparer took it from there.  Fortunately, there was plenty of time to send the forms to him to sign and send in.  Others have needed to use a POA several times, so you need to closely look at your own situation and decide if one is needed.
You need to talk to your future sailor first.  Do not just tell them you want POA's for this that and the other thing.  Like sending them off to college they are adults and you are no more permitted to get info from the school any more than the navy is going to just give you information.  If they (the navy) feels the need to inform you of something they will.

Ok. I am certainly not just telling him I want this or that POA. I am following advice from this site and others. 

It is not that I am trying to do something for me, but rather trying to do the things I have been advised to take care of before he leaves. 

If you search THIS site for "power of attorney" you will quickly realize I did not just come up with this. It is a popular topic of discussion. My goal is to do my part and take care of any business that is recommended

... not to "just tell him what I want". 

thank you.



I think you took what I said wrong.  Or maybe because my child was older and not fresh out of high school I don't think about stuff the way a lot of moms do.  My child had had her own bank accounts from the time she started working.  She went to the bank on her own and just added my name to the account, I did not know this until the statement showed up at the house.  Her father has held and still holds her medical POA (even with her being married), but she did that paperwork when she got to her first duty station. She had her own medical insurance before joining the navy as well.  I guess 2 years make a lot of difference,  Good luck to your son and ya know he might have already done some of the stuff you are asking about.  Alot of legal stuff can be done online now or there are progams you can buy for your computer.
Kalena mentioned insurance in that post. Some people cancel the medical insurance when the Recruit heads to BC because they are covered by the Navy at that point. Although I felt certain that my son would make it through BC, I kept up his coverage until after PIR. I know of some who didn't and then had trouble getting their son or daughter back on insurance when they didn't make it through BC. That's just another thing to consider.
I have been surprised to hear that people cancelled health insurance while their child was in boot camp. I have read too many posts where a recruit has been separated for medical reasons and they have no insurance. We will keep our son on ours until after PIR. Thank you!

Thanks Kalena~ I appreciate your comments. My son is pretty independent ~for an 18 yr old. I am just trying do all the things I have been recommended to do before he leaves. I found the correct forms via Craig who runs his own Navy forums. 

I think it is good to remember that everyone is at different places along this journey and has unique circumstances. Kindness is always the best way to proceed.  

Thank you and many thanks to your daughter for her service♥

We went to an Attorney and got a Medical POA and POA and I have used the POA many times since he's been in since Jan 2010.  I pray I won't need the Medical POA but wanted to have it on hand anyway.


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