I am the father to a female in BMT right now. She was the guidon bearer for her flight and in week three, she noticed that her right sholder would go numb at night and was unable to sleep. She went to the doc and they did an xray and said that the xray shows that she had a prior injury to her rotator cuff and they are now starting the process to seperate her for the prior injury. She has never had any prior injury to her shoulder and her shoulder has never hurt her before week three of BMT. She is now in Med-hold for the past two weeks and does not want to be seperated! She is 22 years old and WANTS to be in the Air Force! She is devastated and wants to fight her seperation. She has grown tremendously while in BMT as Im sure most of them do but she has excelled at most of her training so far and has already passed all of the physical requirements that are required for graduation and she is only in week three. She has run better than the required time to pass the running test and does more pushups than is required as well. She has not passed the required amount of sit ups but would have been able to do that by the time she needed to. Since she stopped carrying the Guidon flag, her shoulder has not bothered her any longer and she is still able to do push ups and pull ups with no pain to her shoulder. My question is what can she do to stop the involuntary seperation? I work in hospitals and know many orthopedic surgeons and I have asked two of them and both stated to me that there is no way to tell how old and injury is through an xray. She has had several meetings about this and they first told her that she could sign a waiver and then told her that she could not. They told her that they would give her two weeks of physical therapy and see how that did but after only two days of PT, they told her that she can no longer do the PT and they are starting the speration process. This is devastating news to her and to us, her parents. I would hate to see her dreams thrown away because of something like this that she has no previous history of an injury to her shoulder. She has a meeting tomorrow morning with ADC and we will see what comes out of this but I was wondering if there is any thing else that she should be doing to help her case? Can she protest this seperation even? Thanks for anyones help with this! I know its a long post but I wanted to make sure I posted all of the facts.
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They can tell if an injury is new or old. been there, done that. There is not way to fight a separation from basic training for medical issues.
Thanks for your response. I hate to hear that but so be it. They did tell her that if she seperates and does PT on her shoulder while not in the Air Force, she can re-enlist later but will have to show them that she has not had any problems with her shoulder. Does this happen much today? Will they take someone back into the Air Force after they are seperated because of a medical issue if they have proof from a doctor that there are no issues with what they were seperated for? She wants to be in the Air Force but is afraid that once she is seperated for this, she will not be able to re-enlist because it is now part of her medical history.
|Facilitator, Veterans Issues|
The chances of reenlisting are not good. At the same time, it is critical that this is resolved.
Is your daughter very small in stature?
I ask because I have never heard of anyone having problems being the guide of a flight. Most guides, male or female, can carry the guidon all day effortlessly.
The only exception is when the guide executes a "Present Arms" where the guidon and arm are extended forward during a retreat ceremony.
She is small but solid. She is about 5' 2" and around 125 pounds. Small but not tiny. She played softball from age 8 through high school and never once had an injury or problem with her shoulder. She did tell me that while carrying the flag, she would actually have to press that shoulder forward and really over exagerate her movements and her shoulder would be irritated at night. Since she has been on Med-hold, she is not carrying the flag any more and her shoulder has not been an issue. She has continued to do her push ups, pull ups, and running and there has been no problems at all with her shoulder. She has her meeting today with ADC to see what her options are. Hopefully she can work something out to stay in and serve as she wants to do but if not, we are trying to look at this like it must be God's will for her! It is extremely hard to watch one of your child's dreams not become a reality so I cant even imagine how bad she must feel! Our family is strong so we will be there for her and help her get through this!
Thanks for everyone's advice!
Just because you guys never took her to the doctor for her shoulder before doesn't mean there wasn't an old injury.
If she was a softball player, she might have hurt it and just concealed the issue, or perhaps just the wear and tear of playing softball weakened the rotator cuff without her really knowing it. I am a small-ish female as well (ok, I'm 5'6" but still), and never had issues carrying the guidon. Yes, I had to roll my shoulder a little forward, so long periods fatigued me, but I never had the issues your dauther seems to be dealing with. Sounds to me like there is something going on in that shoulder, probably relating to her softball years. Just an uneducated guess.
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