Curry Voucher Expiration Waivers
Posted on 02/10/2017 at 12:00 AM by Joanna Lee
The Curry Blues Voucher program has been in place for just shy of two years. Since the implementation, cadets order their blues uniforms from Vanguard and receive them within days, versus the weeks and months it might take under the previous program. When the first vouchers were issued cadets were given a very generous 90 days to order their uniforms before the voucher expired. After a year, that was shortened to 45 days as members grew more familiar with the program and learned to better monitor voucher usage. Even so, cadets occasionally did not order their uniforms within the 45 day window. NHQ granted many waivers at the request of squadron commanders to reissue these vouchers. Unfortunately, moving forward, we cannot issue new vouchers to replace expired ones.
We want to serve as many cadets as possible through the Curry Blues Voucher, but doing that requires us to enforce a firm, but reasonable, expiration date. Were vouchers never to expire, we’d tie-up money indefinitely, thereby reducing funds available for cadet flying, textbooks, and activities. We have a responsibility to stretch our limited dollars as best as we can.
Please know that we announce news of the expiration date in several ways. The 45-day limit is mentioned in the initial Curry Blues Voucher sent to the cadet’s and parent’s email addresses. We send a reminder 10 days prior to the expiration date and copy the unit commander. Further, local leaders have access to voucher reports in eServices, and we explain the program rules on the New Cadet Help webpage.
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