Can the U.S. Air Force Academy legally prevent a minor from resigning? 1 Answers as of July 06, 2011

My friend, who is seventeen years old (she turn eighteen November 7th, 2011), ended up at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her parents forced her to apply, and when she went to her consultation, she was told that applicants with military parents could secretly cancel their applications. Her parents were both in the military, and she used this opportunity. She received a congressional nomination and somehow, after her parents made many phone calls to the Academy; she was accepted. Her parents forged her signature on the SIR. She went to the Academy, not having a choice, and I got a letter from her saying that there was some sort of commitment in the documents that were signed with her signature before she got to the Academy, and everyone there basically ignores her. She has several medical conditions, which are disqualifying, and she was planning on telling the doctors about this (for which she would get disqualified since these conditions were not mentioned in her application). Is there anything that could have been signed that can prevent her from simply resigning or being disqualified from the AFA (basically, could she have been sold into slavery?)? Thank you for your help.

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John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
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Your question omits a lot of important detail necessary to understand the problems and concerns implied by the question. And, it doesn't appear that your friend's problem has anything to do with Colorado divorce law. However, since your friend has only barely begun her attendance as an AFA cadet, there is nothing that prevents her from resigning, free of any significant consequences. (The only likely consequence of resigning now would be that she probably won't be able to apply again in the future) Only after she completes her first two years is there a commitment to some period of active duty service. That especially true if, in fact, her parents actually forged her signature to something. But, since it appears that there is probably much more to the story than you know, it isn't possible to figure out exactly what the right questions are, much less the correct answers. If your friend desires to leave the AFA, she should request to talk to a counselor or to an officer (not just a senior cadet). It seems improbable that "everyone" is ignoring her - she is either not speaking to the right person or she is not making it clear what her concerns are.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 7/6/2011
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