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Old 07-26-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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NPQ'd 3 weeks from commission...

As some of you know I shipped out to PLC Sr's for the Marine Corps about 3 weeks ago. It is a 6 week course in which I get offered a commission after graduation. Well, 2 weeks into it i hurt my tendon that runs from the top of the foot to my shin during a hump. pushed through the hump and the next few days of events but eventually it got so bad i could actually feel the tendon moving on my bone. turns out there are many small tears and i got npq'd. and dropped. startin over next year
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:07 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that. But, take it from someone who faced the same fate and went on to have a long military career, you have options.

I went to PLC back in '74 as a NFO candidate. At that point, the Marine Corps was letting pilots go after Vietnam was over. 40 of us were tagged as having "borderline high blood pressure" - a way to cull the herd. I was ultimately NPQ'd along with the rest and sent home. After a year, I entered Army ROTC, got some credits for my Quantico time and was commissioned 2 years later.

26 years later I retired as a colonel.

You have options but I certainly can understand your disappointment.

Good luck!!
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:39 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear that. But, take it from someone who faced the same fate and went on to have a long military career, you have options.

I went to PLC back in '74 as a NFO candidate. At that point, the Marine Corps was letting pilots go after Vietnam was over. 40 of us were tagged as having "borderline high blood pressure" - a way to cull the herd. I was ultimately NPQ'd along with the rest and sent home. After a year, I entered Army ROTC, got some credits for my Quantico time and was commissioned 2 years later.

26 years later I retired as a colonel.

You have options but I certainly can understand your disappointment.

Good luck!!

Thanks for the story. It makes me feel better that im not the only one. Like I told my parents, Yeah im upset but i can only feel so bad because I know i pushed through as long as I could and I found my limit so there is no shame about it. It was also a good reality check and made me realize that I need to start thinking about plan B in case I do get hurt again next year. I have thought about going Army but it is hard to change over after training my ass off for the past 3 years to go Marine Corps.
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ARe you going back for the 10 week option next year? My roommate went that route and many people say it's better than the two summer option.

For me, I knew I didn't have high blood pressure - 3 times a day, no matter how much stress, what I ate, how much sleep I had, etc...a corpsman told me my pressure was 140/80. Me and the other 39 guys they needed to eliminate. I was offered the chance to reenroll in the ground option but just felt I'd been screwed over.

Rest up that injury and get ready for next year!! I hope you breeze through!!

Mark
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ARe you going back for the 10 week option next year? My roommate went that route and many people say it's better than the two summer option.

For me, I knew I didn't have high blood pressure - 3 times a day, no matter how much stress, what I ate, how much sleep I had, etc...a corpsman told me my pressure was 140/80. Me and the other 39 guys they needed to eliminate. I was offered the chance to reenroll in the ground option but just felt I'd been screwed over.

Rest up that injury and get ready for next year!! I hope you breeze through!!

Mark
They are actually giving me the option to go back for the second six week session again so I will do that. If I could do it again i would do the ten week for sure but at this point it is 6 more weeks of suck or 10 more weeks of suck before commissioning. On the plus side I have seen what it is going to take and i have my knowledge book so I can take the next year to study and prepare physically for how I know it will be. Definitely wont be a breeze through but atleast i can better prepare.

That blows how they screwed you over. I would probably go to a different branch as well after that.
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Sorry to hear you got hurt but keep sight of your goal. Hang in there, I know you will achieve it.
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