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Last Post 12 Oct 2016 12:05 PM by Gears. 7 Replies.
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09 Oct 2016 02:10 PM
    My daughter went to boot camp got shin splints was reverted, she then thought the coast guard was not for her was going to quit. She then decided to rejoin a company and her medical doctor diagnosed her now with stress fractures. She to her great disappointment was then medically sent home with an RE-3. She talks about going back but I understand that a recruiter would not likely want to sign off on the waiver. Would it be advisable for her to write CC's to give her recommendation letters for her character or would it be incorrect to do so ? Also should I slowly be turning her away from thoughts of rejoining or just start preparing to cushion the blow. Life is tough I know and I am a Dad. She does not know that I have asked this question any advise would be appreciated. Thanks Chuck Kamb Veteran USN
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    09 Oct 2016 02:32 PM
    An RE3 discharge for a medical issue would be different from an RE3 discharge for failure to adapt. If it's a medical issue, I believe she can try to reenlist once a medical doctor says that she no longer has the condition that caused her to be discharged. One of the recruiters on this forum can confirm that. If she received the RE3 due to failure to adapt (i.e. can't handle the military), then she'd be done. As for letters of recommendation, I can't see where they'd be of any benefit for a medical discharge. Also the CC's are extremely busy running their companies. They aren't going to have the time to crank out a letter. Realistically, what are the chances that they'd remember her to be able to write an accurate letter?
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    10 Oct 2016 07:50 AM
    Thank you for the information.
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    10 Oct 2016 08:54 AM
    RE3 for medical, Chief is correct. I believe the minimum wait time is 6 months post injury. Once she is healed, she can reapply. I would always cushion for the unexpected thanks but no thanks answer. But if it was strictly medical and she is cleared, she will have to go through MEPS again. But she should be fine to reenlist.
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    11 Oct 2016 01:51 PM
    I'd go ask a nutritionist or something in the meantime. Might be something she can take to build bone strength. I heard from a USMC drill instructor a few years ago that so many kids nowadays are raised on soft drinks and junk food that shin splints were the main thing that took our recruits at Parris Island. He said after 4-6 weeks of a good diet and some healing they were usually good to go.
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    11 Oct 2016 08:34 PM
    Foods that are higher in calcium along with vitamin D and weight bearing exercise. No matter how much calcium you take it, it won't do much good without vitamin D. The weight bearing exercises will help build bone density. The muscle in front of your shin is called the tibialis anterior. You can do some exercises to strengthen that. When you are running and notice you are starting to fatigue, shorten your stride just a little. The longer the stride, the more work it puts-on that muscle. Make sure you have shoes that give proper support for your arch type.

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    12 Oct 2016 08:06 AM
    I truly appreciate the time you took and the thoughtful answers you provided. Thanks
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    12 Oct 2016 12:05 PM
    Back when I was recruiting I had an applicant break his leg during training. It was a freak accident, he was sent home while he healed from his injury. He reached out to me, and when he was fully healed we were able to ship him with no problems. He went back into training at the same week of his injury. It can't hurt to talk to her recruiter about it.
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