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Old 06-04-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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Who am I? Someone that has experience to let her know what she'll be facing if she gets past the initial medical requirement.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Cleared you for what? Wearing 40 lbs of body armor, a 40 lbs pack on your back, and carrying a heavy M16 weapon. Curious if the orthopod cleared you for all of that. Not sure about the Navy and Air Force, but ALL Soldiers are required to be a basic Soldier first, even if you have a desk job. You'll deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan or other places where this equipment is required to be worn without exception.
I am aware of this. My husband has served, so far, 5 years in the Army and has been to and from Afghanistan. I'm just not some wannabe who knows nothing about the service and wants to join for the heck of it, thanks.

I'll also add that he didn't have a "high risk" job but he did almost get blown up by a grenade when he was fixing the apache weapon systems on the base. So yes. I am aware of the risks and what can happen. I've carried his freakin armor around and he is 6'4 almost 300lbs so his stuff is not light.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:33 AM
 
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im 18 just a boy well i guess a young man now i rather like to think i went to a recruiter to join the army took a practice test did exeptionatly well i have business and comp skills certificate from a high school rop class and also im teaching myself russian which is hard very hard yet a teacher said for someone on their own they im pretty good anyways i went through the basic process and my recruiter is gonna call me back tomorrow to tell me wats up ive heard many different opinions on scoliosis and passing military medical qualifications i have scoliosis to the point where in the past was embarrasing never took off my shirt but ive gotton over that and havent felt pain in the longest and it even has straitened out naturally i run 8-10 miles every day and i have a very strong drive kind of a stubborn will thing i have friends and family of friends who have all served and growing up ive had many ppl discourage me in various wasys and ive gotton over more of the proving them but moreso i want at leat the chance and oppertunity to prove to myself and also to certain ppl that i may have started off behind everyone but that doesnt dictate where i end ppl who r healthy will be fighting to make the 100% where as i will be fighting 300% --100 to make up for being behind 100 to meet the standards and an extra 100 to go above and beyond the standars isnt that what the military looks for i also have several other readsons y i shouldnt be denied would u rather have someone who is highly intelligent not a bodybuilder persay but vs someone whos a buff dude grunt whos all brawns and strength isnt looking fit its bieng fit theres adifference between muscle sculpting and mscle building actually i feel i deserve the same privilage to serve my country as the next guy andf everyone before me i should not be limited by something i have no control over somethin i was born with and i have a feeling i might be denied but that will fuel my drive to prove them that i do qualiify and i will admit to a kind of pride thAT EVEN WITH MY "DISABILITY" AS THEY Call that it doesnt mean a damn thing i want to be the guy who broke through the barriers of the possible into the unknwon regions of the "impossible" can anyone military or civilian give me input information that can help or enlighten me to things i take both encouragment and discouragement though there are many things that ppl thought oh it would or could never be but yet those ppl kept at it and changed history ...a lot more i have to say but for now i think its enough plz reply to this message ASAP i need advice
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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im 18 just a boy well i guess a young man now i rather like to think i went to a recruiter to join the army took a practice test did exeptionatly well i have business and comp skills certificate from a high school rop class and also im teaching myself russian which is hard very hard yet a teacher said for someone on their own they im pretty good anyways i went through the basic process and my recruiter is gonna call me back tomorrow to tell me wats up ive heard many different opinions on scoliosis and passing military medical qualifications i have scoliosis to the point where in the past was embarrasing never took off my shirt but ive gotton over that and havent felt pain in the longest and it even has straitened out naturally i run 8-10 miles every day and i have a very strong drive kind of a stubborn will thing i have friends and family of friends who have all served and growing up ive had many ppl discourage me in various wasys and ive gotton over more of the proving them but moreso i want at leat the chance and oppertunity to prove to myself and also to certain ppl that i may have started off behind everyone but that doesnt dictate where i end ppl who r healthy will be fighting to make the 100% where as i will be fighting 300% --100 to make up for being behind 100 to meet the standards and an extra 100 to go above and beyond the standars isnt that what the military looks for i also have several other readsons y i shouldnt be denied would u rather have someone who is highly intelligent not a bodybuilder persay but vs someone whos a buff dude grunt whos all brawns and strength isnt looking fit its bieng fit theres adifference between muscle sculpting and mscle building actually i feel i deserve the same privilage to serve my country as the next guy andf everyone before me i should not be limited by something i have no control over somethin i was born with and i have a feeling i might be denied but that will fuel my drive to prove them that i do qualiify and i will admit to a kind of pride thAT EVEN WITH MY "DISABILITY" AS THEY Call that it doesnt mean a damn thing i want to be the guy who broke through the barriers of the possible into the unknwon regions of the "impossible" can anyone military or civilian give me input information that can help or enlighten me to things i take both encouragment and discouragement though there are many things that ppl thought oh it would or could never be but yet those ppl kept at it and changed history ...a lot more i have to say but for now i think its enough plz reply to this message ASAP i need advice
I think you'd get advice, but you have to ask a question first. What is your question?
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Lacey, WA
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Pretty much, you won't get through if it is over 30 degrees. if it's past the "embarrassing point" then it's too much. I say this because I'm just at 30 and you can barely see it on me.

It sucks they won't let you through but that's the rules.

I didn't try to get in because my husband asked me not to and he got a good job recently. I'm going to go back to school instead on my own dime.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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im 18 just a boy well i guess a young man now i rather like to think i went to a recruiter to join the army took a practice test did exeptionatly well i have business and comp skills certificate from a high school rop class and also im teaching myself russian which is hard very hard yet a teacher said for someone on their own they im pretty good anyways i went through the basic process and my recruiter is gonna call me back tomorrow to tell me wats up ive heard many different opinions on scoliosis and passing military medical qualifications i have scoliosis to the point where in the past was embarrasing never took off my shirt but ive gotton over that and havent felt pain in the longest and it even has straitened out naturally i run 8-10 miles every day and i have a very strong drive kind of a stubborn will thing i have friends and family of friends who have all served and growing up ive had many ppl discourage me in various wasys and ive gotton over more of the proving them but moreso i want at leat the chance and oppertunity to prove to myself and also to certain ppl that i may have started off behind everyone but that doesnt dictate where i end ppl who r healthy will be fighting to make the 100% where as i will be fighting 300% --100 to make up for being behind 100 to meet the standards and an extra 100 to go above and beyond the standars isnt that what the military looks for i also have several other readsons y i shouldnt be denied would u rather have someone who is highly intelligent not a bodybuilder persay but vs someone whos a buff dude grunt whos all brawns and strength isnt looking fit its bieng fit theres adifference between muscle sculpting and mscle building actually i feel i deserve the same privilage to serve my country as the next guy andf everyone before me i should not be limited by something i have no control over somethin i was born with and i have a feeling i might be denied but that will fuel my drive to prove them that i do qualiify and i will admit to a kind of pride thAT EVEN WITH MY "DISABILITY" AS THEY Call that it doesnt mean a damn thing i want to be the guy who broke through the barriers of the possible into the unknwon regions of the "impossible" can anyone military or civilian give me input information that can help or enlighten me to things i take both encouragment and discouragement though there are many things that ppl thought oh it would or could never be but yet those ppl kept at it and changed history ...a lot more i have to say but for now i think its enough plz reply to this message ASAP i need advice
I'm not sure what your question is either?
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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FWIW, I was an Army officer, female, and a 30 year Army career. I came in as a WAC. I am petite and a senior citizen now.

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a base getting in and out of vehicles, picked up and carried the armored gear but not the backpack.

I found getting into vehicles was hard because the vehicles are so high now and you also have to lift your leg so high to get in and put it into the wheelwell. Hard to do. Guess you swing up or down more than in my day. In my younger days I started with a M151A2, jeep. And the size thing worked for me. A 2 1/2 T or 5 T was hard but doable.

The armor was heavy and I don't see how I could possible maintain my physical strength of long distance moving or urban intensity environment.

And who knows about the weight of the back pack...

realize I am a greyhair and all and sometimes I wonder how I ever did it when I was young, because it was hard. But i marvel at what it takes to be a soldier today.

God Bless them
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Tioga County
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I'll repeat what I've told a few people w/questions in the past here...if you have a medical condition that if not noticable, not detectable on the Mepps screening, or in your own experience, won't affect your ability to meet the reqiurements for getting thru basic/boot.......go for it. Ignore all that Mepps bs.."we'll take away your birthday, call you bad names, blah, blah, blah, "if you don't tell us every little ache and pain you've ever had." I did 22/most in combat arms/91' sand box/ etc.. well I had an issue....guess I forgot to mention it at Mepps way way back when. NEVER ONCE, can I honestly say it affected my abilities to carry out my assigned duties. And don't even get me started on all those hurt/wounded on active..cleared by a waiver/doc to resume their duties..or the desperate years 04'-06', when the economy was better , enlistments were down , and ALL kinds of waivers were given.
I'm sure all the self righteous will jump on this with the "what if in the heat of battle, your hidden issue becomes a problem"...yeah..whatever..been there...not an issue. I'll tell you what's a problem...sending troops on multiple..4, 5, etc.. combat deployments. As for those fine folks at Mepps...during the crunch years..04'-06'...I decided to come out of retired/Reserve and offer my services again. ....By 1300..all the incoming newbies were either cleared or not..and gone..Me...At Mepps till 1630..while they kept coming up with repeat tests to try and disqualify me. At that point, they said, Id have to come back another day and repeat one of the tests..and see a specialist..on a portion that I had already passed....but they wanted to be sure....right..I told them to forget about it at that point..Oh and the practice AFPFT prior to that day?...aced it w/great scores. (found out on the qt later the army was getting too many retirees want to come back in after 9/11...and to "stop em at the door")....Like I said to any prospect wanting to enlist.....well..do what you need to do. Oh...and that issue that wuda' flagged me from goin' back in.....still unnoticed 25 years after I was first at Mepps...how bout' that.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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Hello I had surgery for scoliosis in July of 2007 i am interested in joining the air force i called my recruiter today and she said that was disqualifying could i still get a waiver? I meet all other requirments to join the air force can someone please help me my daily activities are not limited.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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Hello I had surgery for scoliosis in July of 2007 i am interested in joining the air force i called my recruiter today and she said that was disqualifying could i still get a waiver? I meet all other requirments to join the air force can someone please help me my daily activities are not limited.
Really? This is kind of odd.
I am not very sure about the air force, but my brother was in the Marine corps.

I think it depends if you have the spinal fusion operation. If you have this operation, you cannot join the Marines or army (I am assuming this is true for air force too) If your curvature is small and you pass the health check, I think you can join as long as your physical condition does not bother you or give you any problems. Lumbar scoliosis greater than 20 degrees or thoracic scoliosis greater than 30 degree as measured by Cobb method is disqualifying though.
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