Herkloadie Posted January 26, 2010 Share Posted January 26, 2010 (edited) First off, hello everybody! I've been lurking this site for a while, as I, as well as most of you, are addicted to "herk". I work/live near the 179th base in Mansfield, so I have the pleasure of hearing the mighty Hercules rumble over quite often. Man are we gonna miss those things. Now, the reason I am really here as a member so soon (as opposed to my return from tech school), is that I desperately need anyone's help who is willing and able. I am currently "in the process" of enlisting with the 910AW in Youngstown, hopefully as a loadmaster. I would be signed and at BMT already if it was up to me. Here's what happened: Late Sep 09: Went to MEPS, got dq'd altogether and a 3P in my PULHES on account of a left vericocele. I was devastated as I was thrilled about the prospect of being a loadmaster on the Herk. I passed all other tests, including color vision, depth perception, yada ya, and got a 93 on the ASVAB. Took 5 weeks, but finally early Nov 09, I received a call that I had received a waiver for my condition. Happiest I'd been in a long time. However, the Air Force requested a current exam for "monocular acuity" to be considered for flying status. I was confused because I thought I did this at MEPS, but "whatever it takes". No problem. Promptly went to the eye doc, and sent in my gleaming report. Add some more wait, and my recruiter informs me that I have been dq'd for flying service...on account of my condition. The original plan was to get me a date to go back to MEPS so they could take a further exam. I didn't really desire to go back, but "whatever it takes". Within a few days, I was informed that my MEPS doc (extremely let's say "mean") has "wrote a statement" on my condition and no return was needed. Needless to say, HQ AFRC said no flying until I'm surgically corrected, leaving me with two options: 1. Expensive surgery, or 2. enlist as a non-flyer, and "try" (no guarantees on acceptance for flight status, which worries me) to cross train later on down my enlistment. I went to a urologist, and explained my story thus far. He was astounded that the condition was of any concern to the military. An ultrasound was done on me, and after receiving the results, he wrote a lengthy letter to HQ AFRC basically stating that the condition in no way affects my ability to do anything, and he can hardly believed I'm being dq'd for such a minor thing. My recruiter forwarded that, and they basically disregarded my urologists letter, and requested more information on my condition's size. "Yeah we didn't really look at the letter, but give us some more stuff." This is in the works right now, but I'm fairly certain I will get dq'd as it isn't very small. So now I'm working on contingency plans. I've never been more taken off guard. I consider myself to be a well-kept and well-calculated individual in great shape. I was originally planning on getting a degree while enlisted, seeking a commission, and applying for a pilot slot. I'd now be thrilled to enlist as a 1A2. Now, I don't know if any of you know what a vericocele is, or if any of you have one. Sparing the details, it is an entirely benign condition that may or may not affect you. At it's worst, it can cause moderate pain and/or mild infertility, but I know for a fact I do not suffer from the former, and the latter is yet to be determined. To prove my physical well being (and I am really not trying to be conceited here; just stating my facts), I have just graduated high school in 09 with celebrated Cross Country and Track careers. I ran at Regionals (last step before state) all four years of high school, and individually qualified from Districts my sophomore year. My team won our first ever XC conference title with myself in the lead my junior year, placing third. We got second at districts, second at regionals, and went to state as a team our first time in school history. Later my junior year, I placed 7th at the Regional 3200m (2 mile) run. Not a big track guy. My senior XC season, we won our second ever team conference title in school history, me leading the way again, in first place, also our school's third ever individual conference title. We won our first district title, but bombed at regionals. Senior track wasn't much other than winning the 3200m at conference. Long story short, I believe I am a highly capable individual in excellent physical shape. My vericocele never ONCE affected me. Needless to say, I'm pretty well disappointed and haven't been in too great of a mood since. I deferred college this year on the premise that I would spend the spring and summer training, and I would resume school this fall. Talk about a wrench in the works. Now comes the decisions: Once I am (likely) dq'd from flying status, what should I do to fight it? I know it is "final" but I refuse to accept defeat. I could: 1. Enlist in Mx (or other, but at least Mx would put me with the planes, which is where I need to be) and then later cross train. My heart really isn't in Mx at all, and I tend not to do so well when my heart isn't in it, which I feel wouldn't be fair to the USAF or myself. I could be wrong on this count. My heart tells me to fly. Also, there is zero guarantees that I will receive flight status after being enlisted a year or two, which isn't exactly my idea of a good chance. 2. I've also considered trying to connect with the base commander, to see if there's anything he could possibly do. I do well in interviews and I'm confident if he has the power to get me qualified, he would feel no remorse doing so. I would be willing to show up for a UTA weekend and do PT to prove that I am not "limited". 3. Contact HQ AFRC directly. I don't think this is too great of an idea. 4. Contact General ________. I'm also not to hot on this one. Also, as a "side" (haven't told my recruiter) thing, I've been in touch with a retired AFRC KC-135 pilot, who I *just* (luckily) happened to run into at work one day. He's an incredibly nice guy, and is still a pilot for Chatauqua and an aero sports team. He's gotten some information on my case, and is gladly taking it to the medical folks he knows to see what they can do for me, if anything. If you've made it this far, thank you so much for listening. It's becoming a very long winded story, but my passions and desires keep me going. I have never been a quitter, and I'm not starting now. Any advice/assistance anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. I mean that from the bottom of my heart, because like I said before, "my heart tells me to fly", and I don't see anywhere I would be happier. Once again I thank you all for listening. Sorry for the long post. Ever since the possibility came into view for me, being on the crew of a C-130 is all I've wanted to do, and I would be more than honored. Thank you, Alexander Edited January 26, 2010 by Herkloadie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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