My Son is shipping out in two weeks and I have recently heard he needs his medical records. This isn't listed on the super helpful, but possibly outdated, list of "Things To Do To Get Ready". Can anyone tell me a current list of things to do to get ready? I sure wouldn't want him delayed for any reason. Thanks!!
I believe by the time he is shipping out they should have all of his medical records. I would think the only time you need something like that may be if he has any waivers and you want to make sure they have everything. My son had a waiver for an old surgery but his recruiter made sure everything was in order. The most important things to have before he leaves are things like a phone card (I got him one that could automatically refill so he was never without minutes. You don't know how often or for how long they will get to call.) Also a list of names and addresses for people he might want to write to, a small bible if that is important to him. We set up his banking with Navy Federal so he brought the automatic deposit slip with him but they can also do it while in GL.
The recruiter prepared everything for my son before leaving to BC. My son had history with broken bones, and a knee surgery from a track&field accident, but the doctor he saw when he took his physical at MEPS reviewed my son's records, looked over the x-ray from the knee surgery, and cleared my son. I think, for a moment, they do have their entire medical records with them, but they turn those right over to recruiter (if I'm remembering correctly). It's been awhile, but that's how I remember it. You may want to verify with the recruiter who's helping your son.
They will be able to buy phone cards there on base at the NEX store. They'll also have access to ATM machine, if needed. My son left without taking a phone card either, but after getting the card, he was able to call when he could.