Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/shoulder surgery


Hey john
I recently talked too an air national guard recruitor about joining. Ive had two shoulder surgerys because my first surgery didnt fix it but its perfectly fine now. My recruitor sent MEPS my surgery reports and they told me i was disqualified because ive had two surgerys. Is there any way i can still join?


Just because meps disqualifies you, that does not mean that you can't get a waiver.  Ask your recruiter about that option.

The worse that can happen is that they say no, it all depends on what was wrong with your shoulder before and what type of surgery was performed.

Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard

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I am a National Guard Recruiting NCOIC, been doing recruiting jobs for the military for over 12 years and am a subject matter expert on qualifications for National Guard and Army ( as we use the same regulation) and I keep up to date on other services regulations as well. In my job, I process questionable applicants and determine eligibility, I process waivers of all types and know the regulations inside and out. I will not sugar coat my answers to you. They are usually short and to the point. If you need more in depth, ask me. Because each situation is different, alot of times you need to actually talk to a recruiter and let them evaluate your situation in person, by looking at your documents, issues etc. If I suggest this, it would be in your best interest to do so. Finally...thank you for your interest in serving this great nation of ours. Very few people can actually make the cut to serve let alone choose to do so. So thank you for wanting to and hopefully you will get a chance. Whatever branch you choose, thank you and good luck.


18 years Guard experience, combat missions and homeland missions. 12 years recruiting. I have been a platoon sergeant and squad leader. Mentor to new recruiters and recruits.

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