black flag

Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Feb 5, 2010
I know you can't get in the military with certain physical conditions, but what about knee problems? how bad do they have to be? When I was younger I chipped a bone under my knee and now it protrudes out about a quarter inch or so. There is no restriction of movement or anything like that? Also, metal plates are they acceptable ? I have 3 in my face from an accident a couple years back lol.
imo

Glasgow, KY

#2 Feb 5, 2010
do you think you could actually even make it through boot camp? seriously?
Maybe

Cave City, KY

#3 Feb 5, 2010
I'm retired army and my daughter is going through the enlistment process now. You really just need to talk to a recruiter, call them up and after you pass the asvab they'll schedule you for a physical. You may need additional documentation from your doctor or maybe even a waiver, but there's only one way to find out.
60 Gunner

United States

#4 Feb 5, 2010
Maybe wrote:
I'm retired army and my daughter is going through the enlistment process now. You really just need to talk to a recruiter, call them up and after you pass the asvab they'll schedule you for a physical. You may need additional documentation from your doctor or maybe even a waiver, but there's only one way to find out.
Good advice!!
Dr Addul

Glasgow, KY

#5 Feb 5, 2010
Most important question. How old are you? You can have knees like Tim Tebow and if you're too old it won't matter.

Thanks for wanting to serve, and good luck.
black flag

Elizabethtown, KY

#6 Feb 5, 2010
I'm only 21, yea I'm sure I could pass bootcamp I'm in good shape I exercise regularly... I really just need to quit smoking and work on cardio
5 yrs in

Smyrna, TN

#7 Feb 5, 2010
black flag wrote:
I know you can't get in the military with certain physical conditions, but what about knee problems? how bad do they have to be? When I was younger I chipped a bone under my knee and now it protrudes out about a quarter inch or so. There is no restriction of movement or anything like that? Also, metal plates are they acceptable ? I have 3 in my face from an accident a couple years back lol.
I think it would be best if you could get a doctor, like one in orthopedics, to "clear" you for strenuous physical activity. I doubt the plates will matter. You can try speaking to a recruiter, but in my experience they aren't always the most direct and will imply you should lie at MEPS if you think you can do the work - which is why I suggest speaking to a doctor to see if the doctor actually thinks you will be okay.
The military's main concern will be if you have a preexisting heart condition or something that will keep you from being physically active. Or if you have a prothetic knee, which it doesn't sound like.
You can also look here for editional disqualifying information: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemili...
5 yrs in

Smyrna, TN

#8 Feb 5, 2010
additional not editional *blush* lol
Dr Addul

Glasgow, KY

#9 Feb 5, 2010
Check with your local Air Force Recruiter,
No need to pound the ground when you can soar with Eagles.
Humm

Greenwood, IN

#10 Feb 5, 2010
Yes I agree
shortestroke

Glasgow, KY

#11 Feb 5, 2010
black flag wrote:
I know you can't get in the military with certain physical conditions, but what about knee problems? how bad do they have to be? When I was younger I chipped a bone under my knee and now it protrudes out about a quarter inch or so. There is no restriction of movement or anything like that? Also, metal plates are they acceptable ? I have 3 in my face from an accident a couple years back lol.
If you have bad knees or joints,i wouldn't go in and take a chance,while i admire you for thinking about serving dont,I enlisted when i was 17 yrs.old, because i had suffered with polio in my young life i had bad legs,i told the recruiter about it ,since i still wanted to serve he and i both lied so i could get in, i thought i was in perfect shape, But after going thru basic and advanced airborne training i found out that i had made a mistake, but it was to late i had a miserable enlistment,being agil on good legs is bad enough, very hard with disabilities,also in combat when you have to move super fast you could put your comrades in harms way if they have to wait on you,also put yourself in danger,I made it thru,just plain luck and a lot of help from above,i wouldn't wish the same on anyone,Think about it a long time before you commit,I do thank you for even considering enlistment.
black flag

Bowling Green, KY

#12 Feb 5, 2010
well I've never had any problems out of it besides it looking funny lol... I used to skate a lot never had any problems.. Yea I want to serve, it seems it would give more meaning to my life and a pretty decent career.. My girlfriend doesn't really think to highly of that decision tho.. but that's understandable. I'm sure it would put a lot of strain on a relationship.
True Vet

Louisville, KY

#13 Feb 6, 2010
It all depends, I had a very bad car accident when I was 16. shattered knee, and several facial reconstructive surgeries before I inlisted. now my knees are shot to hell. best advice contact the Navy or Air Force. they are less phyisical and you can use your skills you learn in the civilian world. After 6 yrs in the Army I am qualified to kill and thats about it.
shortestroke

Glasgow, KY

#14 Feb 6, 2010
black flag wrote:
well I've never had any problems out of it besides it looking funny lol... I used to skate a lot never had any problems.. Yea I want to serve, it seems it would give more meaning to my life and a pretty decent career.. My girlfriend doesn't really think to highly of that decision tho.. but that's understandable. I'm sure it would put a lot of strain on a relationship.
Listen to TRUE VET take his advise,and the retired gentlemans, also I thought i was indestructible,but by the time i got out i had damaged my body beyond repair,no ones fault but my own,i still live with the pain and discomfort it is called post polio syndrome,Was it worth it ? i dont no,What i learned in the army can not be bought you have to live it, and it is a lasting hard lesson to learn,'Still' be your on judge i hope you make the right decision good luck.
60 Gunner

United States

#15 Feb 6, 2010
shortestroke wrote:
<quoted text> Listen to TRUE VET take his advise,and the retired gentlemans, also I thought i was indestructible,but by the time i got out i had damaged my body beyond repair,no ones fault but my own,i still live with the pain and discomfort it is called post polio syndrome,Was it worth it ? i dont no,What i learned in the army can not be bought you have to live it, and it is a lasting hard lesson to learn,'Still' be your on judge i hope you make the right decision good luck.
Here ya go Black Flag!Good advice!
black flag

Tompkinsville, KY

#16 Feb 6, 2010
Thanks guys a lot of great advice. I think I got a lot of homework to do before I make a decision lol. thanks
True Vet

Glasgow, KY

#17 Feb 6, 2010
Just one more thing, If you decide that the Military is your choice, I suggest you look into the ROTC program, they will pay for all your college, give you a paycheck, and after you graduate you will be a 2LT. Dont go in as enlisted and beware of the recruiters, they will promise you the world knowing that once your name is on the dotted line they got you and you cant do a thing about it.
shortestroke

Glasgow, KY

#18 Feb 6, 2010
True Vet wrote:
Just one more thing, If you decide that the Military is your choice, I suggest you look into the ROTC program, they will pay for all your college, give you a paycheck, and after you graduate you will be a 2LT. Dont go in as enlisted and beware of the recruiters, they will promise you the world knowing that once your name is on the dotted line they got you and you cant do a thing about it.
{AMEN} super good advice.
black flag

Columbia, KY

#19 Feb 6, 2010
Hm.. I really don't know anything about ROTC I honestly thought that was for minors.. and how long would I be in ROTC before I would be able to go to the military as 2L
True Vet

Glasgow, KY

#20 Feb 6, 2010
1st thing 1st. get accepted into college. then conntact the recruiter of the branch you wish to join. tell them you want to be part of the ROTC program. if accepted you will 1st go to basic training. then you will go to college for 4 years. you will take regular collge courses along with Military classes. you will still be subject to Military standards. and you must maintain a C adv. but if you drop out of college you will become a e-1 that is the lowest rank in any military branch and they (military), can place you into any field they seem fit. Which means you would be an Infantrymen. Do your homework. talk to the recruiter. and listen to other vets whom have served. they can give you the best advice. but I suggest the Medical field in any Branch. you can use that in the civy world all day long.

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