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Old 01-04-2017, 07:05 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It's not a DQ unless orthodontics are needed
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:23 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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It's not a DQ unless orthodontics are needed
Orthotics... are for feet, Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly.

I was drafted with flat feet...
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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1961 to 1967, US Navy, Submarine Service, enlisted and an officer, flat feet included.

I suspect that during a draft there were enough that would qualify that they could pass on someone for a minor reason such as flat feet especially if headed for the infantry.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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My cousin was rejected for flat feet. He would be about around 78 now, probably 60 years ago.

I have not heard of anyone being discharged though for flat feet. Not sure how that would play out, maybe the person's issue turned out to not be compatible like it was felt it would be.

For the person inquiring about benefits for medical: https://www.va.gov as no one can really answer the question of who will qualify without an application being filed if the minimum criteria is met.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:36 PM
 
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I think flat feet was disqualifying for wealthy kids who's parents didn't want their special snowflake to be drafted and go to war. God forbid they have to fight for their country.....
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Old 01-04-2017, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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I think flat feet was disqualifying for wealthy kids who's parents didn't want their special snowflake to be drafted and go to war. God forbid they have to fight for their country.....
I don't think so! My extended and immediate have a history of serving our country, I name relatives that were drafted and many that volunteered and we have served in all 4 branches, including myself and as a female, I would not have been subject to being drafted. My cousin was disqualified because of flat feet, his brother had a bad heart and sadly, his sister's dream of becoming a WAC was squished by very poor eyesight. When I grew up, people were stepping up to join the military seeing it as an honorable thing to do!!!

Wealthy had nothing to do with it, a family of 6 children whose father had died at an early age, owning a very small family farm.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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Hmmm, my brother-in-law was in the Navy and he had some sort of metal orthotics in his shoes. He's now about 75.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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Hmmm, my brother-in-law was in the Navy and he had some sort of metal orthotics in his shoes. He's now about 75.
That could have been to correct a range of issues that he had with his feet. Not sure what "Hmmm" means.

A good article: The Maligned Flat Foot - Some See an Advantage - NYTimes.com It states that in WWII the military turned down thousands of recruits because of flat feet. My guess is that you needed 1,000 men and had available 10,000 that one would choose those with the least chance of having issues.

As we know, as medical advances have been made, some conditions are treatable or can be compensated for.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:45 AM
 
Location: SF Giants Nation 2010◆2012◆2014
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I enlisted in 1980 into the Marine Corps, with completely flat feet. I served 13 years - I 'retired' in 1993.

When I get out of a swimming pool, the footprints I leave look like duck prints.
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:18 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Orthotics... are for feet, Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly.

I was drafted with flat feet...
That's what I meant
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