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


My son in law is currently at Ft Jackson and is still in reception.  He had shoulder surgery back in high school to fix a tear, completely healed. He is now 23 years old. He passed MEPS AND they failed to mention or get a waiver and know he was told he is disqualified and will be coming there anything he can do or can he join another time after getting the proper paperwork?

Doesn't make sense.  If he passed meps, he wouldn't have needed a waiver.  If he did not mention the surgery, then it is an issue.

He may have had issues during training and so he failed to meet the medical standards even though he passed meps.

Pretty much, nothing can really be done, and it will be hard for him to get in again if he dropped out due to the previous injury if it bothered him in training.

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.


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