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    About 9 yrs ago with I was 14ish, I was shot with a bb gun just above my left eye right next to the bridge of my nose. Nothing happened, no eye/vision/anything damage. Not long after, I went to have it removed. The doc/specialist said he could get to it but couldnt get a hold of it to pull it out. He left it in because he said it would never move around as it had embedded itself in the back of the eye socket behind the eye and was already covered with tissue. It would never move, never cause problems, never erode due to whatever it was made out of, nothing nothing nothing will happen with it. There have been no negative side effects of anything. I have boxed and wrestled and done other things young kids do that are rough and it was never a problem at all. The only thing about it that the doc said is to not have MRI's because it is magnetic. I have had xrays and CAT scans, just cant do MRI. Thats it.
    I wasn't going to disclose but I don't want to be dishonest and also have it come back to bite me later and be discharged and pay back all pay for not telling them. I have gotten the med records for this incident as well as a letter from the specialist together and my recruiter is sending out the packet today/tomorrow (10-25-11) I have searched for years for what I want to do with my life and have been in the process of joining for a bit now and want to do nothing else but be a soldier. This is my life plan for myself and my family as well as my retirement plan. Will this BB derail all of it? Thank you very much

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    With the right documentation from your doc stating that it won't ever be a problem for you you should be okay. I guess all I can say is don't worry about it. If your Recruiter isn't unduly worried you should be all right.

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    Evidently no one told him "you'll shoot your eye out".
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    Evidently no one told him "you'll shoot your eye out".
    Hahaha. Red Ryder. "You'll shoot your eye out kid". Hahaha.
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    I didnt do it. It was my little brother who was being whiny telling me I broke his toy. He said ill shoot you with this and I said do it. He did it, now it really bothers him. Better not keep me out. Recruiter said a couple people he talked to said a dq is possible because I want combat arms, infantry, and if a humvee rolled over or any violent movement like that could dislodge it and cause blindness. But I've still got to tell them. I can't lie to the Army for something like this. Anyhow, idk what I'll do if I get a permanent dq...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyork View Post
    I can't lie to the Army for something like this. Anyhow, idk what I'll do if I get a permanent dq...
    That's good you realize the gravity of the situation. Lying to the Army about something medical isn't just about lying... it's about your life. Lets say you got injured at some point and you HAD to have an MRI. You may be unconscious at the time and undergo a MRI only to be killed because the MRI caused the BB to dislodge and go through your brain. That, or you'd be awake and have to disclose you had this situation and possibly get busted for fraudulent enlistment.

    Unfortunately there is a risk for PDQ. It sucks for sure but unfortunately there are some conditions that people are born with that keep them out. That or there are people with situations like yours where strange things happened but it results in being disqualified.
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