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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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As a former commander of a unit in the Army, I see that my son isn't given the counsel he needs. Temporary hold is no joke. This is their chosen career and they should be able to seek advice from JAG officer. I fear that he will be out processed soon, separated from his goal. It isn't all happy for these kids. Some need direction. Some need a skill. Many, so many are there to serve, serve their nation with pride in their hearts.

Not all get to stay Navy. 

Some will be turned away even when they have successfully completed the rigors of the recruit training. 

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Comment by lemonelephant on March 14, 2019 at 2:22am

Your story seems sad on the surface, but it was entirely preventable and with your background you had the knowledge to make sure that your son did not put himself in the position of possibly having an attack while in BC or in the fleet and being separated or of being charged with fraudulent enlistment and facing court-martial (I hope that is not in his future, but it is a possibility).

Had your now Sailor disclosed the asthma prior to shipping, then there would be no issue now because he would have either had lung function tests prior to shipping and gotten a waiver to enlist or he would have been denied the ability to enlist due to the asthma because he cannot serve if he could possibly put himself and others in danger if he were to have an attack while performing his duties. 

It doesn't matter how much he wants to serve; it matters if he has the ability to serve safely or not. In another Blog you indicated that your "son's asthma is not bad. He has had very few problems with it over the years." This indicates that he most likely has had issues in recent years. His asthma had to have come to light at some point while he was at RTC or he would have been on his way to SC after PIR rather than sitting in THU.

Not everyone who wants to serve is physically able to serve. You and your son were both aware of his asthma prior to his shipping. The Navy is not in the wrong here and although you may not believe it, I am sure that he has been offered legal advice based on his situation. Prayers for you and your son as you both come to terms with whatever the future holds for him.

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