Quite awhile ago, I asked for advice in this thread about joining the Air Force. Well, here’s what happened.
I flew down to Lackland, and things start off reasonably well. The TI is mean, of course, but I pick up things pretty quick so I’m only in trouble when everyone is in trouble. Problem is, I can’t eat. Queasy, no appetite, can’t keep anything down but the three glasses of water each meal and maybe one or two bites. At the physical five days after arriving, they weigh me at 16 pounds less than the day I left home. Still, foolishly, I don’t speak up but try to just push through. Uh uh. Around day ten or so, I throw up all over the mess hall and they take me over to WHMC (the hospital). Turns out I have a muscle disease (plus dehydration) I never knew I had. I’m transferred over to the 319th until they discharge me.
I was so upset. For the ten weeks I was there (lord, but they drag on the paperwork at that squadron) I had a PC waiver. As long as I wasn’t physically being pushed so hard, I was fine. I had it all down; cadence, drill, the routine. By the last few weeks, I was dorm chief. Heck, I even earned a three-day base lib. I had it all worked out but the physical part, but I still got discharged. I’m not good enough for the USAF.
I’ve been home for a few months now. I would have asked this sooner, but I was still so pissed, this would probably be in the Pit. But, what do I do now? I can’t reenlist. I guess I’ll go back to college, but damn it would have been nice to have had that paid for by the Air Force. Is there anything special I’m forgetting to do? Like some crucial paperwork I should look into or anything? Or is it just, “thanks for the three months of your life; don’t call us, we’ll call you”?
(Note: I don’t mean to sound bitter to the Air Force. It’s just tough to have had a real plan and then have it taken away for reasons beyond my control.)
(Second note: I hope this post isn’t messed up. My computer is acting funny and this is the third time I’ve summitted this thread.)