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Introduction - Cody

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Rangers,

My name is Cody, I am 23 years old, and I am from upstate New York. I attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy for 3 1/3 years. As a requirement of USMMA one of my years was spent in the work force on two Merchant Vessels as a Cadet. One of the benefits of the United States Merchant Marine Academy is that upon graduation you can join any branch of the military and/or work in the shipping industry. Joining the shipping industry was never an option for me. I did not have the luxury of finishing my 4 years and was dis-enrolled from the academy due to poor grades. I was dis-enrolled my senior year for grades I received my junior year and to make it even worse, I had already been guaranteed and infantry position in the US Army.

After I was dis-enrolled, I got a job working at a boat repair shop as I searched for a school that would allow me to finish my degree. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was my best option. RPI is close to home, my mom works there and receives tuition discounts, and I have two younger brothers presently attending RPI. RPI was a good choice. They rejected my application due to my poor standing with the United States Merchant Marine Academy. I did not have and disciplinary problems while at the Academy and I was an active member of the USMMA Regiment. I held a Platoon Leader position as well as the Regimental Training Officer position. I all received a reward from the shipping company I worked with for my actions during a fire and re-flash fire on board the M/V Alliance Norfolk. A reward that was also recognized by the Academy and by my home town. RPI and USMMA both made their decisions solely based on my grades. This is in my past now, I am looking to the future.

I have been talking to the Army Recruiter for a couple weeks now and I have completed all my paperwork. When I first met with the recruiter she continuously asked if I would accept any job other than 11x opt. 40. My answer was "No, absolutely not." After that answer she has not given me any information on whether or not there are any opt. 40's available. I have been asking her consistently and she tends to avoid the question. I don't know what to make of this. She has been very helpful. She was the only person that was able to talk to the United States Merchant Marine Academy and have them release my college transcript. I don't know if I can trust her to advocate for my.

Joining the Rangers has been a seriously goal since I was very young. To achieve this goal, throughout high school I participated in Soccer, Wrestling, and Track and Field for all four years, while also being apart of two Premier Soccer clubs. I continued to play soccer in college at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where my team went to the NCAA tournament 3 out of 4 years. I was also apart of the Army club and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where PT was held at 0530 Tuesdays and Thursdays. I do not accept defeat or failure. I strive to be the best at what I do, I do not settle for mediocre. I have a long way to go until I reach my ultimate goal, and I am looking forward to the journey. I am hopeful that it will start sooner rather than later.

I apologize for the lengthy read. I look forward to being apart of this site and will accept any guidance given to me.

Very Respectfully,
Cody

PT Scores (2/3/2014)
Push-ups: 74
Sit-ups: 83
Pull-ups: 12
2 mile run- 13:37
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Cody, a man has only one opportunity to make a favorable initial impression. So far, you are doing OK. If you truly want to earn a place in the 75th Ranger Regiment, you came to the right site. We at armyranger.com take a great deal of pride in the young men who pass through here on their life journey. Understand your frustration with RPI (but it is a good school). PT scores leave a lot of room for improvement. Most of the questions you might have can be addressed by using the search feature, located on the top right of this page. Please read the FAQs, as well as select stickies and threads. Never, never quit!
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Roger that, Ranger Jim.
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Welcome to the site, Cody.


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Ranger CharlieRanger1FFV,
Thank you for the warm welcome.

Ranger Jim,
Roger that.
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Welcome. PM inbound, Codekess.
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Roger Bronco, PM received.
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Rangers,

I have not given any recent updates because there hasn't been anything to update you on, other than my PT scores.

Push-ups: 103
Sit-ups: 111
Pull-ups: 15
2 mile: 12:02

Anyways, I met with my recruiter today and after having difficulties with MEPS and other specialists, I was notified that my Medical Waiver was in fact Denied. I have what is called Avascular Necrosis in my wrist. I knew from the get go that it would be a disqualifying factor but I was assured that it wouldn't be a problem. I have no pain in my wrist, I can perform activity required of me, and I saw my Orthopedic Specialist that cleared me and said I was good to go. The military was not satisfied. I went to MEPS 5 times, 3 of which I sat until 1400 and then told to call my recruiter to have them pick me up. I then saw their own "specialist" who said that he would not clear me until I received an MRI. My recruiter then sent this paper work to the Medical comity. This is not the paper work I wanted them to send, nor did I know that that was the paperwork they were sending. They clearly did not read it before they mailed it.

This is where I stand now, and I have no idea where to go from here. From what I have gathered, there is now no forward progression within the Army after a Medical Waiver denial. Is there anything that can be done?
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If you had a medical waiver that was in fact denied you don't have many options. You can wait and re physical in 2 years or contact your congressman and request a congressional inquiry. Those must be answered within 48 hours. If you really have an on going issue with your wrist perhaps the Army isn't for you. RASP is tough enough for people without medical issues.
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Make sure you understand your diagnosis.... I looked it up because I wanted to make sure I understood. Perryb is steel on steel as far as I can tell.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-cond ... n-20025517


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Roger PerryB.
Roger IEDmagnet.

I developed my Avascular Necrosis after fracturing my Scaphoid bone in my right wrist. My surgeon recommended that I have a titanium screw placed through the middle of the bone to aid in healing and had support. The Scaphoid is the bone most often broken in the wrist due to falling and it has a very peculiar blood supply. It is very easily disrupted and that happened to be the case with my wrist. The doctors have told me the only sure way to ease my discomfort in the future, is to completely remove the Scaphoid bone and fuse together the other Carpal bones within my wrist. I am sure that is also a disqualifying medical issue.

The Army has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I don't want to give up easily on this matter, but I don't believe there is much else I can do. I will be talking with my recruiter tomorrow, so I will ask if I have any other options.
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Good luck Codekess. Run it all the way out, but remember it's not just you depending on your ability to perform. It's the whole team.


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