Wavier

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armytrue
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My son is in the beginning process of getting his paper work together- he graduates from HS June 2013. His recruiter has sent his medical paper work early to request a waiver for his knee due to surgery several years ago. Along with that paperwork is letter/documentation from his doctor stating he is good health and his knee show no permanent damage. It has been several weeks and he has received no word except his recruiter hasn't heard anything.
Is this normal? I do know several packets went in together.

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MSG Glenn
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@ armytrue

There is no time frame to judge when a waiver will be approved or disapproved, armytrue. It depends on how busy the waiving authority is & how many hands it has to go through for final approval.

Good luck to your son & please keep us updated on his progress.

armytrue
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Wavier

Thank you. I guess it is just a waiting game. Joining the army has been his life long goal and I feel one with one mark of a pen that his dream will come crashing down. The recruiter didn't seem worried about it but I am.

MSG Glenn
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As long as the Recruiter...

...isn't worried that's always a good sign. I'd say don't worry but that's your job as a dad. I went through the same thing with my own son. He wanted a Ranger contract but had broken his leg when he was 9 & the Recruiter was skeptical that he could even go to Airborne School. He left the Regular Army several years ago as a SSG from the 3rd Ranger Battalion, a 5-time Combat Vet & Squad Leader. Airborne qualified of course.

Keep me informed as to his progress.

armytrue
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What bothers me is that they can make an "informed" decision without seeing the prospective solider and that decision can change his life with one stroke of a pen. If he is DQ that is across the board and honestly that really isn't right. Things are certainly different now than when I was a solider.

Alright off my soap box. Have a great day.

armytrue
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MSG Glenn,

Just wanted to give you an update. Our son found out today he was DQ or maybe they used another term BUT the issue isn't final. He will be going to MEPS next week for his exam and consult. His recruiter was positive that this will work out and that it is process that he has go through.

MSG Glenn
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At least...

...he has a chance. What that probably means is that as-is he's DQed but evidently it's waiverable & all he needs is a med read from a MEPS doc.

Good luck to him!

armytrue
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I certainly hope so.

MSG Glenn
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I do, too.

I do, too.

JD23
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Getting started

I'm 22 years old and I'm trying to join the Army...Having a little bit of trouble on passing the practice test they give you so I'm able to take the ASVAB, Any good websites to help me study?

Also, I have been in trouble with the law before..I have only been convicted of misdemeanor of larceny. Is there a definite chance I can still join? I have a couple of other things on my record too, never convicted so will I still have to get that waived too even though it was not a conviction?

Thank you for reading

MSG Glenn
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@ JD23

Google "ASVAB". You can start right on this site by using this link - http://army.com/info/asvab/general. Your public library might even have a study guide for loan. Some of them do. Take as many practice tests that you can & study from as many different sources you can find. Use your computer as a tool. Some study guides are better than others. I can't recommend any but don't use just one. You'll want to get the highest score possible so you'll have a greater choice of MOSs.

As far as qualification to enlist due to your past legal problems you'll have to ask your Recruiter. He'll determine if you can join & he'll start the waiver process if any are needed.

armytrue
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waiver update

Okay - here is the latest and greatest -
Son spent yesterday and today taking the ASVAB and having the medical exam - End result is he pass everything but has to come back for a consult for his knee.

I used the word "waiver" and the recruiter said, he doesn't need a waiver he just needs a consult and everything will be just fine.......

MSG Glenn
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He should be fine...

...in that case. My son had to have a consult because of that broken fibula. The MEPS doc said he was good to go & even authorized Airborne for him. He was able to go in with that Ranger contract without a waiver.