Students Called to Active Military Duty

This policy applies to students who, at the beginning of the school, are members of the National Guard or a reserve component of one of the military services, and who are called to active military duty during the school year.

Where possible, our school staff will work hard to ensure that the ministry schedule of students enrolled in the National Guard do not clash with required military training. This ensures that these students can still gain valuable ministry experience while completing their required training as described by the military.

Where it is not possible to avoid conflicts, training weekends that are required by the military (typically one weekend each month) will not count against the number of absences a student occurs in the school, nor will the student be required to use any of their given absences for military training.

If a student receives official mobilization orders during the school year the following will occur:

  1. Students called to active military duty during the first half of the year (before Christmas) will be officially withdrawn from school and awarded a full refund of course fees.
  2. Students called to active duty during in the last half of the school (after Christmas):
    1. withdraw and receive a full refund of course fees for the semester as listed above; or
    2. request deferred entry to the following year’s school (at no charge provided school fees have been paid in full, if not, the balance of school fees will be transferred toward next year’s fees).

RESERVE COMPONENT - ANNUAL TRAINING

The Department of Defense has noted that they are unsure of where and what climate the next conflict may occur.  To address that, the concept of "two weeks in the summer" is now a two week training event at any point in the training year so the military member receives the benefit of training in different climates and conditions.

This new guidance can have an impact on students as they try to complete their educational goals in a timeframe that complies with their Veteran Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits.  When that occurs, the following will occur:

  1. The service member will contact the SOSL school administrator to notify them of the training requirement.  Orders may not be available at this time unless the training is less than 30-days from starting, however a Commander's Memorandum will suffice until official orders are furnished. However, official orders must be presented when the student returns to class or withdraws.
  2. The student will be eligible to remain in class. Absences during this period will be excused and MP3 copies of the teaching from the missing weeks will be provided free of charge. Any journal assignments allocated can be excused though all other work requirements (book reports, sermon preparation, etc) will be made up.  Small group leaders / outreach leaders will give the student an opportunity to resume all work without penalty. 
  3. In order for absences to be excused, work to be considered without penalty and withdraw policies to be in effect, the military member must produce official orders.  Commander's memorandums can not initiate or sustain this policy.