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juniorg
03-01-2017, 15:24
I am in a tricky situation. Perhaps someone with more knowledge of the internal workings of the Army has some advice.

I am scheduled to ship 13MAR2017 to OSUT (18X).
A couple of months before my ship date I started having pain in my forefoot. After scaling back my training (rucking, running as per various prep resources) with only minimal relief, I went to the doctor.

About a month before my ship date I informed my recruiter, who said to just keep him updated and that if it doesn't improve, I might get pushed back.

Upon talking to the leader of the recruiting station today, he informed me that it was too late to push anything back and that I definitely will ship 13MAR. Furthermore, he assured me not to worry, that now is the time to "Let the Army take care of me" and that "Basic Training is designed to heal and prepare you for SFAS" (which goes against everything I have read so far in reputable places like these superbly informative forums).

Having gone through the medical screening at MEPS before, I can't see how they would even ship me out, having gone to a doctor for this problem.

I suggested to the recruiter that it might be prudent to try and push things back in accordance with my doctor's recommendations in order to ensure success in the pipeline or even getting cleared at MEPS.

My doctor advised me to stay off the foot, and that if there is no improvement within a couple of weeks, additional steps might be necessary.

Any advice on how to handle the situation?

scooter
03-01-2017, 15:55
Basic training is not designed to heal you, your recruiter does not have your best interests at heart. If you go to basic with a nagging injury it will worsen, and you will spend months on hold until it gets better, if they don't just summarily discharge you. You don't want to go down that road.

I am not sure of the mechanism you need to employ, but you need to 1) stop working out, and 2) keep exploring ways to delay shipping to OSUT until you are healed. 11X OSUT will only make it worse, trust me on this, I went through OSUT with a minor stress fracture and it took 2 years to fully heal to the point it didn't bother me.

juniorg
03-02-2017, 11:21
Thank you very much for the quick response, scooter!

You confirmed the general feeling I had.

After having a conversation with the CO, it looks like I will be able to renegotiate the contract in order to move the ship date.

scooter
03-02-2017, 18:55
Good.

Basic Training quite frankly isn't all that hard, but it will wear you down. Any great deal of fitness you have above your classmates will kind of diminish to their level... you will run and ruck at their pace and load for 13 weeks or so.

So, with this in mind, STOP KILLING YOURSELF. It takes waaaaay less time to get back in shape than it does to recover from a nagging overuse injury. Take it from those of us that have been there. You are doing the right thing, don't listen to the asshat who told you that you aren't. You will get one shot at this. Do it right.

Good luck to you, make sure you come back later and tell us how you did. If you don't make it through SFAS for some reason you may be able to go back, and even if not, you can make a difference in the Infantry.

Good luck.