It's really hard to say. The ticketing system is in flux. My advice is to have a back up plan in the American West. That way, if you get a ticket at the last minute, you've got everything ready. If you don't, well, you have something else going on.
Lose your legs--Become a merit badge.
Remember, you're just a make-believe soldier in an artificial army.
"So many people have so little clue and there's only a finite amount of patience in the world!" --International Incident.