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#1 Firemedic

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 10:31

I've tried searching but haven't had any luck. I underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery (rotator cuff) in December of 2016 and arthroscopic knee surgery (just cleaning up some cartilage) this May. The specific surgeries are not listed as a DQ and should not require waivers. I will be recovered 100%, without limitations, long before my packet is completed. Is there a required post-operative waiting period to get cleared in MEPS? E.G.- An applicant must be cleared from medical care for at least 6 months before being medically cleared for entrance. 


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#2 StockTrader

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 11:05

You will need waivers. I had the same shoulder surgery and needed one.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 19:00

I've had three arthroscopic knee surgeries and did not require any waivers. My initial flight physical was about 15 months after the last one. The doctor just asked a few questions to make sure I would be physically capable to do Army stuff.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 19:47

I had two surgeries on the same shoulder prior to selection, 1 of the surgeries 2 months prior to submitting my packet, and didn't require a waiver. I've since had 3 more surgeries on the same shoulder, 1 of the surgeries occurred between the 67 and 64 course, and the latest was a replacement in March, and just now will require a waver



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:00

Well, looks like I was given the runaround then lol.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 14:39

Time will tell lol. Ill update here once that time comes. Probably wont be for about another month or two however. Can't duck walk with the swelling remaining in the knee, but ill be good to go soon enough. 



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 17:45

Oh man that duck walk in underwear. Such a fantastic time that was.




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