My daughter had been at boot camp for a week Tuesday when she called and said she was being discharged due to her cataract in her eye. Its a medical discharge. The Doctors at MEPS knew about her cataract and said it was not bad enough to disqualify her. I spoke to her eye doctor who was surprised they think it’s bad enough to kick her out. The doctors at boot camp told her she could not rejoin even if she has it fixed, it’s a simple 10 minute procedure and completely healed in 10 weeks. I called her recruiter who said she should be able to rejoin and he called MEPS and they said she should be able to rejoin. I feel so bad for her because she had been planning on this for the last year, quit her job, prepared for it physically. She said she hated book camp so far but was handling it fine. I was only able to talk to her for 20 minutes and she said she could call everyday. That was 2 days ago and I have not heard from her since. She said they put all the people who quit boot camp or get discharged for medical in the psyche ward and she was with patients who are mentally disturbed. I don’t know who to go to get answers.
I don't know that anyone can really fault the MEPS doctors for the "Crazies" getting to BC. There are people who have never had a problem who for whatever reason can't take the stress of BC and have a psychotic break, and therefore the MEPS doctors would have no reason to suspect. There are those who don't disclose something because it didn't seem important and so how would the MEPS doctors know. There are those who don't disclose something because they are aware that it could be a disqualifying condition, but they think that they can handle it and then they can't--again, how would the MEPS doctors know? These "Crazies" can look very sane at times.