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    To Whom It May Concern:
    I need assistance with joining the US Army. Details are below:


    My name is Tommy. I'm 33 years old, and trying to enlist in the US Army. I'm healthy as an ox, but when I was 18 I had a condition known as "runner's knee" (technically: Osgood-Schlatter's Disease). I was in the Marine Corps in 95 and this disqualified me without undergoing surgery. It's a condition I would outgrow once my legs quit their growth around age 20-23 or so, so I chose to get out of the Marines and attend college.

    Since I was technically in the Marines I have a DD-214. Therefore I'm "kinda" considered prior service. Since I was in the Marines less than 180 days, I'm NOT considered prior service. So, according to my recruiters I fall into a grey area where they don't know what to consider me.

    Because of the knee issue I had as a teenager (15 years ago and a condition that 80% of all male athletes suffer from) my medical paperwork has been kicked up from the usual doctor to another department. Last week it was kicked up to Fort Knox Kentucky, to what I'm told is the Army Recruiting Command. When I talked to my instructor today he seemed unenthusiastic about my chances. He's rarely ever seen an application go that high and none that he's seen have ever come back with a positive result int he 18 months he's been in his office.

    In the end I'm healthy and wanting more than anything to serve my country in the US Army. I'm in the best physical shape of my life (having spent the last two months preparing myself to PT with a bunch of 18 year old men. lol). I have a 98 score on the ASVAB, and over 130 on every line score. The only thing holding me up is this knee issue.

    Prior to sending in my paperwork I had an orthopedic surgeon check me out and pronounced me absolutely 100% fit for military service. I'm out of luck with my recruiter... he's filed his paperwork and not really willing to "fight" to get me in.

    My plans are Airborne (out of Ft Bragg) and then Ranger School. I can do it, all of it, IF I can get in the door. Can anyone help me reach the people who are making this final decision? Somewhere, someone is going to sit in an office and check YES or NO on my paperwork. I want that person to have the opportunity to choose the right path by letting me join, but I have no idea how to reach out to find out the status of my paperwork. If it means I have to drive to Kentucky, I'll be there within 24 hours, no problem. I am absolutely military-fit and I'll do anything I need to prove to whomever I need to that I'm more than capable to serve and to excel in today's Army. I wanted to serve 17 years ago and have regretted it all my life. I know today the Army doesn't "need" people (at least according to my recruiter.. they're overstaffed according to him), but they ALWAYS need GOOD soldiers. And that I am!

    My recruiter doesn't have any idea what to do, or is unwilling to take the extra steps to find out. Two months of endless waiting with an open-ended 'I don't know what to expect, but it's probably going to be NO" isn't how I want to spend my time. I'm dedicated, military-fit, intelligent, and I'll be a good asset to my country's armed forces. I'll take any advice anyone has. Please feel free to contact me at any of the methods listed below:
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    Welcome to the board. My first suggestion would be to edit your post and remove your name. Here's why:

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    Thanks. I know better but just wasn't thinking.

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    Hi.. I had a somewhat similar issue when I came back into the military. The only thing I can tell you is find someone (E-7 or above) to vauge for you. You will need a waver to get back in.

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    So you didnt do a MEPS physical? I didnt see that so I am curious. Also, try other recruiters (reserves, National Guard) and see what they say. Just because you do a MEPS physical with another service or component doesnt mean you locked to sign up with them. Remember that.
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