NROTC->OCS->hernia->LOA

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Sampia, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. Sampia

    Sampia Member

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    The rant of an angry mom:

    My son sustained a small umbilical hernia at OCS toward the end of the summer. Since this happened during the Marine event, he was told they would pay for it. He has been working with his college in a very disorganized fashion, getting little feedback. This injury has not hampered him in anyway. No discomfort and he has attended all PT and continues to work out on his own. Most recently he was told this may hold him back from commissioning with his class due to the healing timeline. However he has also been told not to see a doctor until he gets approval from BUMED and he is waiting for some forms he must get done so he will be approved to see a civilian doctor for this. The unit secretary has sat on my sons emails and not sent things through and then turned around and acted like she never even knew this had happened. In one email, she blamed him for "letting her forget". I am beyond frustrated and ready just to take him to a civilian doctor and pay for all the deductibles myself. But I don't know if that would cause issues. He is disheartened being told he may not commission with his group and the most recent news is that he may have to go on a leave of absence and not get his scholarship for his last semester of school and also lose his stipend.

    How do LOAs work? He says LOAs are not uncommon and that other than the financial considerations it will not prevent him from commissioning, though it may slow him down because of the healing time. he's pretty disheartened about that
     
  2. USMCGrunt

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    Sampia, a couple points you raise don't make sense to me.

    I am not sure why a Leave of Absence would be called for. Will your son be a student at the University during his recovery or does he have to take a semester off? If he will be a student, then I wouldn't think any LOA is necessary. He would continue as a 2nd semester senior and be excused from ROTC PT and other duties while recovering but he could still attend the classes, etc. For the same reason, I can't see why commissioning would be delayed.

    I am not doctor and don't pretend to be but a quick check on google shows a fairly quick recovery period.

    Regarding the ROTC unit staff: Your son has an advocate in the MOI and AMOI. He should be going to them with issues. He has to take control of this and make sure he gets 100% engaged in the process. Its on him to drive this but he should use his chain of command - particularly if their are issues with staff support.

    Finally, there can be some time from commissioning until TBS. Getting healed and then getting back in shape is certainly possible prior to going on active duty.
     
  3. kinnem

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    Agree with USMCGrunt. The MOI or AMOI should be able top help him. Personally I'd start with the MOI and see what he/she directs.
     
  4. NavyHoops

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    Couple of things... I had this surgery this year. Heck I was able to start cardio after about 10 days. I could do full body exercise, lifting, etc at 30 days. But seriously follow the 30 days of no lifting, or one can end up back under the knife.No LOA should be needed. Heck I was home before noon on surgery day.

    His MOI should be pushing this through. He needs to be persistent with his MOI. It's his MOIs job to get him ready for commissioning.
     
  5. Sampia

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    Good news and I feel better. No, he won't be taking any time off from his stuides. Is too anxious to graduate. Horses couldn't hold him back. He was told by the unit secretary that he "might" be placed on a medical LOA from NROTC. He has sent multiple emails to her and a couple to the MOI who has recently said he will do everything he can and that he will give my DS some info on scholarships to apply for should he lose his scholarship due to a LOA. I know he will heal quickly. He did when he broke his leg in football (and even played the last game) and when he had the eye surgery. The hernia is very small. I would hate for him to have to miss the final semester in ROTC because of that. Not to mention me having to scramble at the last minute to cover his tuition, etc. I will pass your advice on to him. Thanks.
     

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