- Dec 1, 2016
Eight years ago ( almost nine), I tore through my Meniscus (tissue in the knee) and had an arthroscopic surgery to repair it. I healed up wonderfully, and it has been healthy with no issues even through Highschool/college football and the all intense lifting that goes with it. It is to my knowledge that surgeries and medical conditions/operations require a waiver. Here's what I'm stumped on. I just stumbled across a forum or Q/A board (I'll try to find it again for y'all) that said some surgeries may not actually need a waiver due to how long ago it was, situations, etc. The post mentioned an Army waiver guideline or policy book that covered this material, but I have had no luck in my hunt to track it down. Would y'all happen to have any G2 on this? Are there certain instances where even though someone may have had a surgery that would normally require a waiver, they were able to proceed without one due to circumstances?
Now this is where it applies to the recruiter:
When talking with my recruiter about wishing to take a grasp on an 18X contract, I disclosed that I had the work done on my knee. He said that this may require a waiver, but that it really depends on MEPS, and how they will proceed. Basically got told the only thing I can do is wait until my appointment, which is understandable. He told me that if my surgery does require a waiver, 18X is a no-go as I can't receive an Airborne stamp at MEPS with one. He then went on to tell me that even if I do get a waiver and can't take an 18X contract, there is still a way of going through the same process. I was told that I could enlist 11B, and upon completion of OSUT, I could drop my current contract and pick up an 18X one and then go into airborne school and do the whole nine yards that way. This seems very fishy to me, as I have tried to do extensive research on this topic, and nothing I have seen has confirmed this option/route as it looks like you first must be the rank of E-4 to drop an SF packet. Any insight on this matter would be appreciated, as I am doing everything I can to achieve my goals, and I'm not trying to have them fudged up because a recruiter wants to blow smoke up my ass. If this has been posted about already, I apologize for wasting your time, but after two days of scouring the net and this site, I've still come out with no information on whether my recruiter is telling me lies I would like to hear or actually notifying me of a different option I have not been told about.
Thank you for your time guys, I appreciate any help or shove in the right direction.