Question on re enlisting

jw012308

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So I am prior service got out as an E4 and was med boarded. I have a 70% VA disability rating for back,ptsd and tinnitus. I am trying to join the NG and attempt to do the “try one” where I sign up attempt SFRE and if I get picked train a bit more then get the opportunity to go to SFAS.

Does anyone know if I will possibly be able to do this? I know people are in with disabilities around 60 and one 80% similar to mine. I have been off meds no symptoms of PTSD back is good to go have trained and trained to get ready for SFRE. I don’t care about getting paid I know I can’t collect both so will waive which ever I need to.

I will cancel my disabilities if I have to. But if I can pass my physicals both mental and physical and smoke a PT test at whatever ago group will I be given an opportunity to get back in?

I’ve reached out to a bunch of recruiters all over one was an AD one didn’t give me the time of day and others just haven’t gotten back to me. Just email another before making this post.

I’m determined know what I want and will do whatever it takes to make this happen. Thanks in advance.
 

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With very few war deployments now and downsizing you face an uphill battle.

If you can waive your disabilities that would help. But the question remains even if you get them waived on paper, how can you waive the physical and emotional manifestations of back problems, hearing loss and PTSD? Either you have the disabilities or you don't. You're drawing $1,400 a month from the VA for disabilities that aren't really disabilities?
 
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jw012308

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Meaning that I was lying when making my claim? Why would I ever do that. No that is not the case but if I have done rehab, counseling ect and think I’m in a place physically and mentally then why not?

If I don’t pass then so be it but still want to try. There are people who are double amputees who are still active and deploy, why can’t I if I am able willing and volunteering for it.

I did look up the code it basically states I need a waiver to re enlist so just need to find the right recruiter to do the paperwork.
 

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That’s what rehab and dedication to do something will do for you. It’s not hard to overcome obstacles that you shouldn’t if your mind is right. Same with PTSD learning how to deal with it, not take any meds or need meds anymore took time but I think I’m good to go. Obviously I’m not a doctor and can’t evaluate myself but if I am and told I’m a no go then ok.

I won’t take no for an answer and am just gonna keep pushing and pushing and doing everything I can to do this.

I was hoping a chime in from possibly a recruiter for either group or someone who may know better.
 

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I am not qualified to answer your question of "Does anyone know if I will possibly be able to do this?", however I do have one for you.

Why should the NG SF take a chance on someone who has previously been med-boarded out of the Army and continues to be rated at 70% disability for serious issues?

I'm not trying to disparage you; your determination is admirable. However, if you're unable formulate an overwhelmingly solid answer to that question and consistently convey it throughout the entire endeavor you seek to undertake, I don't see you being able to overcome the up-hill battle that Ocoka referred to. I'm not surprised that you are not receiving a lot of return correspondence from recruiters if you are still presently rated at 70% disability. You think that you're recovered enough to the point where you're going to be more of an asset than a liability to a team? Go get evaluated and cleared by people who are qualified to do so; if you do that, I have no doubt it will be perceived as a good-faith move on your part and will go a long way towards encouraging recruiters to take you seriously.

I was hoping a chime in from possibly a recruiter for either group or someone who may know better.
I googled for less than 10 seconds and found a current POC for a NG SF recruiter in a nearby state to me. Have you already tried this and reached out yourself?

Lastly, check your fucking attitude. Ooh-Rah has already pointed it out to you, yet you're still coming off as a punk. I doubt he is a stranger to the phenomenon of human beings overcoming seemingly-impassable obstacles and needs you to familiarize him with such things.
 
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Jw012308 I have limited experience but some that is relevant to your situation.

Trying to reenter the military (any branch) with a RE3 is a “plea case”. Essentially, no recruiter “has”, “must”, “is required”, etc. to process prior service RE3 coded servicemembers.

Also, IRT the disability, I don’t think that anyone insinuated that you lied about disability. The funding is there for anyone with verified service-connected disability and should be used by persons who rate.

My situation, while in TRS (I attended less than 30 days from EAS so I had not submitted a VA claim) a prior service Marine recruiter told me that if I had intentions on coming back in, to hold off on the VA claim. While this situation is not yours, I would recommend obtaining all documentation of your counseling, rehab, etc. As you may be aware, disability ratings can increase and decrease (depending on the length of rating).

Once you have ALL of your documentation, hit up recruiters! However, know that it’s a favor so remain humble.

Several pertinent questions are:
  • How long were you in? (trying to determine if you have any obligated service remaining)
    • It’s easier to enlist servicemembers who haven’t “fallen off contract”.
  • When was your med board determination? (if it was within 5 years – you should be able to reduce or even redact it)
  • That being said, 70% will require significant burden of proof from the VA that you are in-fact, better, healed, etc. This will take time, over multiple visits. If you got it, good. If not, get it.
25m target – figure out if you can change your disability. Keep in mind, back problems are nothing to mess with. Is changing your rating really something you want to risk?

Don’t fight the process, with your circumstances it’s all up hill, but not impossible. Be flexible and help recruiters wherever possible.

Remain humble and accept reality, however it may be presented.
-Good luck.
 

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Jw012308 I have limited experience but some that is relevant to your situation.

Trying to reenter the military (any branch) with a RE3 is a “plea case”. Essentially, no recruiter “has”, “must”, “is required”, etc. to process prior service RE3 coded servicemembers.

Also, IRT the disability, I don’t think that anyone insinuated that you lied about disability. The funding is there for anyone with verified service-connected disability and should be used by persons who rate.

My situation, while in TRS (I attended less than 30 days from EAS so I had not submitted a VA claim) a prior service Marine recruiter told me that if I had intentions on coming back in, to hold off on the VA claim. While this situation is not yours, I would recommend obtaining all documentation of your counseling, rehab, etc. As you may be aware, disability ratings can increase and decrease (depending on the length of rating).

Once you have ALL of your documentation, hit up recruiters! However, know that it’s a favor so remain humble.

Several pertinent questions are:
  • How long were you in? (trying to determine if you have any obligated service remaining)
    • It’s easier to enlist servicemembers who haven’t “fallen off contract”.
  • When was your med board determination? (if it was within 5 years – you should be able to reduce or even redact it)
  • That being said, 70% will require significant burden of proof from the VA that you are in-fact, better, healed, etc. This will take time, over multiple visits. If you got it, good. If not, get it.
25m target – figure out if you can change your disability. Keep in mind, back problems are nothing to mess with. Is changing your rating really something you want to risk?

Don’t fight the process, with your circumstances it’s all up hill, but not impossible. Be flexible and help recruiters wherever possible.

Remain humble and accept reality, however it may be presented.
-Good luck.
As an FYI, while not yet vetted, this member has submitted his vetting application and it is currently under review.
 

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Ladies, gents, persons of all genders- mods and admins will handle the moderating and administrator-ing.

I appreciate the culture of self policing, though. Not calling a foul, just a reminder from your friendly neighborhood staff member to give the staff a chance to engage before members do.
Sounds like a power trip from someone who wasn't in a real SOF
 

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I have an ouchy, come put a bandage on it high speed killer
And pause. I’ll reopen the thread in a bit.

ETA- no need to reopen. @jw012308 , if you haven’t gotten what you need please follow up with individual board members that replied.

Have the best night, everyone else!
 
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Sounds like a power trip from someone who wasn't in a real SOF
I don’t know if you are trying to be funny or what, but you are hereby warned. That comment was both inappropriate and uncalled-for.

If you interfere with a member of the staff in the performance of his or her duties again, I’m going to recommend to the admins that they summarily ban you. Since you just disrespected one of them, who is a highly respected member of both this site and the SOF community, I don’t think I will have to try very hard to convince them to do it.
 

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This is my retired ANG Officer opinion, feel free to ignore.

I probably wouldn't take you.

Are you Airborne qualified? I'd hesitate to send someone to jump school if they have a back issue. (You didn't say what was wrong with your back)

Tinnitus, not an issue; everyone has it.

What is your PTSD rating percentage? What event(s) caused the PTSD?

As Spc you'll drill for free because your VA check gets subtracted from your drill check.
 

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If you interfere with a member of the staff in the performance of his or her duties again, I’m going to recommend to the admins that they summarily ban you. Since you just disrespected one of them, who is a highly respected member of both this site and the SOF community, I don’t think I will have to try very hard to convince them to do it.
He's not kidding dude. They'll ban you quick for talking back to a moderator. You need to knock it off before you get launched.
 
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