Question: Are there any waivers being granted for re-enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces service? If I can prove that I'm worth the time to take a look at, will a recruiter give me the chance to show I can handle the tasks at hand?
I'm pretty sure this topic has received tons of criticism regarding a RE-4 re-enlistment code regardless of the severity of discharge and I respect but, I still haven't received the information regarding re-enlistment/waivers given that my condition has changed/improved to be given a chance in showing that it has no effect in completing basic training.
Date: 3 October 2003
Service: U.S. Navy
Discharge: JFW, RE-4, Failed Physical Standards
Reason: Sickle Cell TRAIT (not full blown sickle cell disease)
As stated above, I was discharged due to sickle cell trait while in bootcamp. When diagnosed, I was unaware that I had this type of blood disorder, therefore disqualifying me from Active Duty Service. All regualation states anything above 45% hemoglobin S is a disqualification unless, a waiver, bill of health, or history of physical test(Police department, aerobics class, or any physical tests), is submitted before reporting to serve. Statements made in my DD-214 were that I could not handle the physical standards, strenuous/anaerobic, set for navy regulation. Before discharge, questions and information regarding my physical fitness, sports in highschool and JROTC, proved that I was capable of completing the physical tests but, a waiver should have been submitted to show that it had no effect upon my physical traits. I am able to still complete those standards as if it was the day I reported for boot camp.
It has been a total of 8 years and I am looking to re-enter service as an Officer. I have been able to obtain a B.S. in Management Information Systems with a 3.0 GPA. I've taken the necessary blood test, hemoglobin electrophoresis, to show that percentages can decrease depending upon age, time of day (morning/evening), vitamin intake, and water. The test proved that my percentages has dramatically lowered since those 8 years has pass. I've even completed physical tests to improve my candidacy in being able to complete any physical training if asked on the spot from a recruiter at any time of the day.
I'm guessing the only way to know is to speak with a recruiter but, they have to give me a chance first. Right? What am I to do if they don't give me the the time to show? Can I talk to recruiters in other states until one gives me the chance or is that harassment? I'm really searching for answers because it is what I want to do.