Injury during plebe summer/school year.

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  1. Alan99

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    Hello all, I was just thinking about plebe summer and USNA and I had a thought. What would happen if someone had surgery that would take someone out for months during plebe summer or the academic year? Would they be sent home if they were still able to serve once they recovered? For example, I have a waiver for my ankle but what if I injured it so badly that it would take me out for 6 months during plebe summer?
     
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    It all just depends. If it is bad enough that you cannot function, you will likely get sent home with an LOA for the next class. If it is not as severe you may be allowed to stay with your class.
     
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    Case by case situation. If it happens early on Plebe Summer the liklihood of being sent home is higher. As mentioned, they usually get an LOA for the next class. We had a guy blow his knee out on the second or third day there, he got sent home and came back the following year. USNA looks at how bad the injury is and how much training they will miss. It is really case by case.

    Academic year things are handled also case by case. Depends on severity, recovery time, how much class is missed, etc. Mids are very active people and do get hurt, very few get pulled out of their class to recover. To get rolled back a class it’s usually something like cancer or something severe. It is rare for an injury to push someone a class. Even surgery and being out a few weeks isn’t enough to roll someone. USNA understands that someone having something like ACL surgery will do better at home or a sponsor’s for a week or so. Once they get past the initial surgery and start to recover, they can return to class and spend a lot of time in physical therapy.
     
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    More likely to get you sent home during summer than ac year. DS is a youngster. Broke foot over summer at Airborne school. Returned to school for youngster year with a chit getting him out of PT etc. No problem.
     
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    There are plenty of kids on crutches, slings and in boots during Plebe summer and into academic year. Although I don't know the extent of their injuries it seemed USNA was committed to heeling these individuals, especially since they already took their Oath of Office. What I would try to avoid is any injury before I-Day, that could defer you till the following year. Good Luck!
     
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    Thank you for the reply, so do you think someone would get sent home if they were to get surgery after plebe summer?
     
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    I know a few cadets from the Houston area that are having major surgery since the academic year has started and they are being allowed to proceed with the year.

    It still is going to come down to severity. If it will not affect the chance of commissioning, they should be fine.

    There are also quite a few post on the class pages about cadets having surgery.