Can I still attend Airborne and RASP after getting a metal rod in my leg?

HardBodyLG

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I recently broke my leg and because the bone started drifting I have no choice but to get a steel rod. This lady at the Doctors office told me I could never jump out of an airplane. F her though. So can I still get a Option 40 contract or even an Airborne contract? Any way around it? Thanks for any help.
 

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I recently broke my leg and because the bone started drifting I have no choice but to get a steel rod. This lady at the Doctors office told me I could never jump out of an airplane. F her though. So can I still get a Option 40 contract or even an Airborne contract? Any way around it? Thanks for any help.

A recruiter would know.

Personally, I know numerous skydivers that jump with hardware like that.....but skydiving isn't Airborne. I had a guy in my old unit who busted a femur on a jump ('roids are awesome) and once the docs added titanium to his leg he was dropped from status. Even IF you could get a waiver I wouldn't go near it.
 

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I recently broke my leg and because the bone started drifting I have no choice but to get a steel rod. This lady at the Doctors office told me I could never jump out of an airplane. F her though. So can I still get a Option 40 contract or even an Airborne contract? Any way around it? Thanks for any help.

You cannot enlist period with metal in your body.

That is what I was told by recruiters when I was enlisting.
 
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I had dislocated my left shoulder several times. Stayed on jump status. Eventually had surgery, it didn't take, dislocated the shoulder again, and again. Still did not go off jump status. Had a second surgery, they put metal in my shoulder. After rehab time I got back in the rig and jumped again, and again, and again. Went to JM school eventually.

That was back when the Army was still the Army. :D
 

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That was back when the Army was still the Army. :D

Back in the real Army, when BCT was hard and DS's will stab you with bayonets, Airborne school was 6 weeks long and required jumping from a plane with out a parachute and in order to get a Ranger tab you had to kill someone with an E tool? You mean those days right? }:-) :p ;)
 

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Back in the real Army, when BCT was hard and DS's will stab you with bayonets, Airborne school was 6 weeks long and required jumping from a plane with out a parachute and in order to get a Ranger tab you had to kill someone with an E tool? You mean those days right? }:-) :p ;)

LOL. Those were the days. When you could tea bag your roommate and get away with it all the while tying a cherry in a sleeping bag and hanging him out the second floor barracks window while passing along an asian pros. to the guys while on CQ, right?

F.M.
 
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Back in the real Army, when BCT was hard and DS's will stab you with bayonets, Airborne school was 6 weeks long and required jumping from a plane with out a parachute and in order to get a Ranger tab you had to kill someone with an E tool? You mean those days right? }:-) :p ;)

Yep, and to be SF you had to go out into the Fayettville and come back with two sets of ears from a civillian. :D
 

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I did this FYI...

This is a National Guard recruiter...

Please wait for a operator to respond. The average time is 0min 12sec. You are number 1 in the Queue.

You are now chatting with 'Specialist Doyle'

Your Issue ID for this chat is xxxxxxxxxxxx

Specialist Doyle: Welcome to www.NATIONALGUARD.com . How may I help you today?

pardus: I have a friend who wants to enlist. He has a metal pin in his leg. I was told that is a disqualifier for enlistment.

pardus: Is it?

Specialist Doyle: It could be.

pardus: could be?

Specialist Doyle: I couldn't say for sure though. Some surgeries are not disqualifying.

Specialist Doyle: How large is the pin?

pardus: I was told any metal in your body, i.e. pins/plates etc... were an automatic no go.

pardus: I believe its a fairly large pin

Specialist Doyle: Then more than likely he would be disqualified. Let me take a look at my medical regulations and see if I can give you a more specific answer.

pardus: thank you.

Specialist Doyle: I'm sorry for the delay. I'll be right with you.

Specialist Doyle: Does the pin, hamper his movement?

Specialist Doyle: It is not disqualifying, if the injury has healed and ligaments and joints are stable and there is no lingering pain or restricted movement from the surgery.

Specialist Doyle: That is coming directly from my regulations.

pardus: OK, so the metal issue I was told about is not disqualifying then? Just the injury has the potential.

Specialist Doyle: That is correct.

pardus: Great, thank you very much for your time and effort, I appreciate it and will forward this to my friend.

Specialist Doyle: It is not an automatic dq. As long as the injury has healed and there are no lingering effects that will hamper him he is eligible.

Specialist Doyle: You are welcome.

Specialist Doyle: Thank you for visiting NATIONALGUARD.com! If you have any other questions, please feel free to visit us again at anytime.

Chat session has been terminated by the operator.
 

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Pardus-you rock!!!!! lol
So cool!!
from another thread-I too,had dreams of being a doorgunner. Life expectancy was not great for that in Nam-but what the hell-I admire those men tenfold!!
 

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Where do you live? I sk because TX, RI (and one other state) have NG Airborne Companies. They might be a little more willing to let you go Airborne.
 

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Where do you live? I sk because TX, RI (and one other state) have NG Airborne Companies. They might be a little more willing to let you go Airborne.

IIRC he is in NY, an easy drive to RI, they want 11Bs...

p.s. the 'other' state is AK.
 

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Come to think of it, I was injured on a jump, on Sicily D.Z. and shattered my Lt. ankle requiring reconstructive surgery. I jumped after that but they had to remove the screws first. That probably doesn't help, so sorry for the useless info.:doh:

F.M.
 
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Come to think of it, I was injured on a jump, on Sicily D.Z. and shattered my Lt. ankle requiring reconstructive surgery. I jumped after that but they had to remove the screws first. That probably doesn't help, so sorry for the useless info.:doh:

F.M.

Silly fuker ! How'd ya manage that brilliant PLF ? }:-)
 
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