My son was sent to Ship 5 yesterday. He was 9 days from PIR. I am so confused and heartbroken. Apparently he has passed everything including his final PFA. After his PFA his back was hurting. They are now telling him that he has to have back surgery and can re-enlist in 1 yr. I do not understand at all. Can he ask for a 2nd opinion while he is in Ship 5? How often are diagnosis wrong? It just makes no sense that he can go almost a full 7 weeks doing all the physical stuff he is required to do and then they say he needs surgery. Please someone help. I posted yesterday on the Ship 5 FB group and no one has replied. I feel so lost and sad for him.
Hello 8senough. I do not know if anyone has responded to you yet. Unfortunately, I haven't been around long enough to help much. I have learned to try and give them a little time. It is upsetting when they are told they are being seperated for any reason. Have patience. (I know it is hard for us so far away) He will call again. Hold on the the fact that he can re-enlist. That is hope. Just keep being supportive and understanding. And I have read to have your SR sign something (I think it was on this page) so they can talk to you about it. Just hang in there.
He can request a second opinion and appeal the decision to be separated, but if he is in ongoing pain, then the chances that he will get a different result are low, although possible. Yes, it is possible that he has had a problem all along, but it has finally gotten to the point that it is causing pain. Recruits have been separated in the last week before PIR due to issues that have come up.