A friend of mine joined the army reserves in jan. Had the med. Evaluation was noted to have some hearing loss on evaluation, but he was sworn in anyway. She then started going to weekend reserves, while still in high school. She just left for bootcamp and while going thru exam in bootcamp was discharged for hearing loss. Why did they allow her thru the 1st time? She is heartbroke over the whole ordeal. I don't know what her dischRge code is, but was told she could re-enlist after 6 mo. Is this likely w/all the downsizing? I feel so bad for her-planning on college w/GI bill and now this. Knocked for a loop straght out of high school.
|Moderator, Veterans Issues|
She can not reenlist. Sometimes things slip through MEPS and are picked up at boot camp reception. If she has a medical DQ, that is it.
What if its corrected? Different job type? Different branch? She expects to be behind new recruits in the selection process. But if she doesn't have a chance at all like you say, then the authority at bootcamp needs to be honest with her so she doesn't waste more of her time on this. She already is expected to sit there up to a month while waiting on discharge papers, hopefully it won't be that long.
|Moderator, Veterans Issues|
Unfortunately these things happen. Better sooner than later during training. She can not rejoin any service without a waiver. The Army is the most liberal with waivers, and they have chosen to release her versus waive the condition. I expect that this is the end of her military career. At least she is getting paid during this time.
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She's eligible to try after six months, it does NOT guarantee she will be waived.
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|Recruitng Forums Lead Moderator Emeritus|
We used to hear this all the time when I was recruiting. I don't know if the six month rule comes from the rumor mill or from uninformed folks who work on the recruit training staff preparing the DD-214.
Really, six months has nothing to do with anything. If someone has an RE-3 reenlistment code, which is what most recruits separated at the entry level receive, it's ineligible for reenlistment unless a waiver is granted. But if someone is discharged for something medical, I doubt they'd be able to pass a MEPS physical. Otherwise, why would they be discharged?
When I worked in recruit training, I remember one of the questions on the recruit discharge questionnaire, was "I will attempt to return to the Coast Guard at a later date" (circle yes or no). Many recruits read into this as they could join again later if they wanted to. That was not the case.
I did have a few discharged recruits attempt to join the Army after being discharged form Coast Guard Recruit Training. The Army Recruiters sometimes called my office. One of them told me the Army had a two year waiting policy for applicants discharged from recruit training. If that was their rule, then so be it. I just never saw anything in writing that said six months, two years, or any other time period.
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