Post # 1
Currently, my Fiance is in airforce rotc. However, he will be active duty sometime after graduating. We have set our date to August 3, 2013. So we should be booking venders and venues in the next few months (October-December). He doesn’t find out his active duty date until January and it can still change after that. I am afraid that we will not be able to have a wedding or honeymoon. Does the military give leave for weddings? Any advice?
Post # 3
Welcome to the bee! My Fiance commissioned through AFROTC and we’re about to have our wedding in 2.5 more weeks, so I have been where you are. Finding a date that works with the military is a challenge, to say the least, and things will come up that will challenge you but you have to roll with the punches. How his squadron works with leave will 100% depend on what his AFSC is and where he is in training at that point, if he’s gone active by then. I know it will be a while before you find out EAD’s (they told Fiance January too, no one actually recieved theirs untill 3 weeks before graduation/commissioning his year), but it would definitley be wise to reassess once you have a better idea of where he will be in August 2013. Some AFSC’s are considerably more flexible than others and you may not have to change much, but others will be more difficult depending on the nature of the training. For us, Fiance is a CSO in flight training and it has been difficult to work around with them being on and off the flightline. When I thought I had found a date that would work for our wedding back home with our families, a bunch of things came up with their training schedules and now we’re stretching it to get to our home state to get the marriage license before the courthose closes on Friday, because his commander cannot promise him leave yet. Defintely don’t expect for him to get more than a day or so of leave if his training is like that, but he may. If it is at all possible I would HIGHLY reccommend having the wedding where y’all will be stationed, it will make your life much easier (I wish we had done this so much). The Officer’s Club on base is a great place for a reception and they’re usually pretty easy to work with, and even book on short notice. Let me know if there’s any other questions you have or if you’d like more advice, I’ve learned a bunch through this planning process 🙂