Special Forces- Army National Guard

Taskforce8

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Hi,

I have been thinking about joining the National Guard to try the Special Forces under the REP-63 but I'm concerned about some issues.
First of all, I have a fucked left shoulder due to rotator cuff injury. Second, I'm taking an antidepressant for some of my conditions. I have already been approached by a Special Forces recruiter for National Guard and he said it might cause some issue but he wasn't entirely sure.

The main question is, what are my options if I don't make it in the SFAS or SFQC ? will I be stuck in an infantry unit? Can I transfer to a SOF support group ?

Thanks all
 

LongHiker

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These should be all questions that your recruiter can clear up.

But from my contact with 19th group in Utah:
  • I was told that if I fail SFAS I can attend again, as many times as I would like, provided that I don't get a drop from SFAS that says I can't return.
  • If you fail selection or Q course you'll go back to a slot in your state where they have room. This could be with a support group. If you're put in a non support group you could transfer to a support group provided they have a slot for your MOS/grade and your CoC allows it.
As for your other questions:
  • Have you had surgery/other medical work on your shoulder? If so you'll likely need to get a MEPS your medical data and may need a waiver. The more important question however is - does this give you pain? Will your shoulder stand-up when you're massively over-trained and fatigued? I also have some rotator cuff issues from years of weight-lifting without doing mobility work. Part of my train-up is spending time everyday to stretch and do shoulder rehab exercises so that it won't degenerate into a serious problem in training. It's going to take me probably a year of doing this before I feel confident that it's resolved. Mobility issues can take a long time to correct so I'd start on it ASAP.
  • From everything I've read you need to be completely off medications before you can ship off and likely they'll want you to be off meds for a year plus before they'll pass you at MEPS. Again, your recruiter would know best, but that's the info I've gathered from across the net.
 

Ooh-Rah

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@Taskforce8 -

You have recently changed your avatar to one that would insinuate you were, or are a Green Beret. Since that is not the case, please change it back to something that conforms to site rules. (specifically one that does not represent you as a member of a military unit that you were not a member of)

Thank you.
 

Taskforce8

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These should be all questions that your recruiter can clear up.

But from my contact with 19th group in Utah:
  • I was told that if I fail SFAS I can attend again, as many times as I would like, provided that I don't get a drop from SFAS that says I can't return.
  • If you fail selection or Q course you'll go back to a slot in your state where they have room. This could be with a support group. If you're put in a non support group you could transfer to a support group provided they have a slot for your MOS/grade and your CoC allows it.
As for your other questions:
  • Have you had surgery/other medical work on your shoulder? If so you'll likely need to get a MEPS your medical data and may need a waiver. The more important question however is - does this give you pain? Will your shoulder stand-up when you're massively over-trained and fatigued? I also have some rotator cuff issues from years of weight-lifting without doing mobility work. Part of my train-up is spending time everyday to stretch and do shoulder rehab exercises so that it won't degenerate into a serious problem in training. It's going to take me probably a year of doing this before I feel confident that it's resolved. Mobility issues can take a long time to correct so I'd start on it ASAP.
  • From everything I've read you need to be completely off medications before you can ship off and likely they'll want you to be off meds for a year plus before they'll pass you at MEPS. Again, your recruiter would know best, but that's the info I've gathered from across the net.
  • These should be all questions that your recruiter can clear up.

    But from my contact with 19th group in Utah:
    • I was told that if I fail SFAS I can attend again, as many times as I would like, provided that I don't get a drop from SFAS that says I can't return.
    • If you fail selection or Q course you'll go back to a slot in your state where they have room. This could be with a support group. If you're put in a non support group you could transfer to a support group provided they have a slot for your MOS/grade and your CoC allows it.
    [*]As for your other questions:
    • Have you had surgery/other medical work on your shoulder? If so you'll likely need to get a MEPS your medical data and may need a waiver. The more important question however is - does this give you pain? Will your shoulder stand-up when you're massively over-trained and fatigued? I also have some rotator cuff issues from years of weight-lifting without doing mobility work. Part of my train-up is spending time everyday to stretch and do shoulder rehab exercises so that it won't degenerate into a serious problem in training. It's going to take me probably a year of doing this before I feel confident that it's resolved. Mobility issues can take a long time to correct so I'd start on it ASAP.
    • From everything I've read you need to be completely off medications before you can ship off and likely they'll want you to be off meds for a year plus before they'll pass you at MEPS. Again, your recruiter would know best, but that's the info I've gathered from across the net.
    [*]
    The recruiter told me that he will catch up with me in a couple of months and provide more in-depth details regarding some of the stuff that I asked that includes the medication and my condition.
  • I never had surgery but I'm thinking about getting one because I feel it has affected my left lat and triceps muscle as well. I have destroyed left shoulder in the past couple of years with heavy workouts and not recuperating properly. Repetitive movements make it painful, which I assume will lead me to an absolute failure if I go for the assessment.

Thanks a lot for the thorough information and the advice.
 

Taskforce8

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@Taskforce8 -

You have recently changed your avatar to one that would insinuate you were, or are a Green Beret. Since that is not the case, please change it back to something that conforms to site rules. (specifically one that does not represent you as a member of a military unit that you were not a member of)

Thank you.

No offense but this doesn't represent any unit or military branch. It's not even an unofficial patch for any Green Beret. It doesn't insinuate anything. I have not read the forum rule so I'm unaware of issues like this.

How the hell am I gonna change the tattoo on my arm? lol

Thank you
 

SigmaWolf77

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No offense but this doesn't represent any unit or military branch. It's not even an unofficial patch for any Green Beret. It doesn't insinuate anything. I have not read the forum rule so I'm unaware of issues like this.

How the hell am I gonna change the tattoo on my arm? lol

Thank you

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