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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

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Hi Navy Moms!

Our son left for Basic 3 weeks ago and everything seemed fine.  Got the first call and 2 days ago we got our first letter (sent a few days after he arrived - he was doing great).  Then, later that same day, we get a call that he has been injured and was being taken to the hospital for Xrays.  Today he called, 3 stress fractures, a fractured foot and he is being separated from the Navy.  It was os hard to hear his call (I was in a bad area for reception).  He says he is getting a DD214 and can reapply in 6-12 months.  I feel so bad for him!  He has never been hurt before and now he is on crutches with his dreams crushed!  He was on the Nuke path and so excited about life.  He has wanted to be a Sailor since he was 6.  I've left a message for Legal and our Red Cross liaison trying to get more information since the connection was so bad.

Has anyone else been through this and had a successful reapplication?

Our other son is currently in the Navy, and he was ASMO'd for a failed PFA, but graduated.

I need some encouragement (if warranted), or a reality check.

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I am so sorry to hear this.  

Here's the link to the Ship 5 group on here.  It's not real active but you can find some helpful info, especially about reapplying.  There's also a link there to the FaceBook group which I believe is way more active - and should be able to provide more info.  I don't believe this will be the end of his Navy career.  He should be able to recover, get waivers and try again.  But definitely take a look at this page.

Good luck to him - and tell him not to give up!  He can do this - hang in there and feel free to stick around for guidance.

Ship 5

DuchessAK - I am sorry that I did not see this message the other day. Not all of the posts come into my personal email. I see that B'sNukeMom has reached out to you as well. I don't know a lot about the separations and then reenlistment but if he is getting a DD214 and says he can reapply in 6 - 12 months then there is at least hope!!

I am not medically trained in any way, other than being a mom so what I am sharing is simply my encouragement as a mother. I have a child who suffered a really bad ankle injury early this summer, no broken bones, but a bad sprain. It has taken him a lot longer to recover from it and has been doing daily stretching and strengthening exercises for his ankles so that he can continue with his sport. I would encourage your son when he returns home to seek medical help, especially orthopedic or sports medicine if he wants to pursue his Navy career. I also would personally be upping my calcium intake for building back my bone health as well. 

My sailor did a lot of research prior to enlisting as to running techniques and how to deal with shin splits and other fractures. This may also be beneficial to your son as he plans a path back to BC. I don't know why some people have more issues with the stress fractures than others do but you are not the first that we have heard of it. I will say once out in the fleet and serving on a ship, exercising and preparing for their annual fitness test can be a lot harder to do and takes a back seat at times, but at least when my son went through Nuke school - pre-Covid - with his Nuke rate, he was doing PT twice a week plus they did a 5K run every morning, to prepare for what we call "Dash for Cash" for the Nukes (a PT requirement for them to rank up or get their signing bonus, I don't recall exactly.) My son also ran or rode his bicycle on the weekend, just to help him keep in shape and also just as a stress reliever from studying. 

My point, exercising and having to run is not going to stop, so doing what your son needs to to strengthen his body and his bones to try again is going to be the top priority for him if this is really what he wants to do!  And please do stick around here, come back for encouragement or to post how your son is doing. I am not a part of the Ship 5 group so I could not reply there but I saw this post so could. 

Your job is to be his biggest cheerleader and encourager as you have been. This situation is why we also recommend not dropping your SRs from your health insurance until they are a sailor and under the Navy healthcare. 


Be sure to check your profile page for comments also. 

Thanks! I haven't been on message boards since the late 90's, so i forget how many places to check for messages!

LOL!! This is my first time on a message type board but my husband was on them back in the 80's!! This one is still a little old school versus FB, but I personally like it better. I use it with my computer and I navigate just fine. Be sure to have your profile settings set to receive alerts for comments posted on your my page or things you have posted on discussions, it will help. 

Hi DuchessAK! I'm new daughter left for BC on Aug. 24. She, like your son, was doing well. Then I got her call that she was being moved to RCU due to stress fractures in her legs. She was bummed, but she's serious about going through PT and then PIR. Her rehab coach told her that it'll take some time (around 8 weeks) to heal. Apparently, stress fractures are a thing among those who haven't done too much running. A Chief Select came to talk to the SRs in RCU and told them all the success stories he's seen come out of RCU and go on to PIR. He got them all pumped up and positive and re-committed to their goals. My daughter said he told them of a female SR who'd BROKEN her leg. She was there for 8 MONTHS. But he ran with her on her PFA and kept encouraging her the whole way, even when she thought her leg was going to give out! And you know what...she passed PFA and went on to PIR and A school. I don't know about DD214, but if the Navy's giving him the opportunity to come back, they must think he's worth becoming a Sailor. You know better than anyone what motivates your son, so whatever that is, give him LOTS of it, and get his friends and family to give it too. And, if you're so inclined, send a "shout out" to the Almighty to help him heal quickly and completely.

How do I get info on ship 9 or join their PIR or maybe I do r know what I’m doing lol. 


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