Posted on Apr 21, 2021
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Hello all. So I’m currently at the tail end of my 4th month of AIT for 25b. I received an injury in January during one of our ruck marches where I rolled my ankle so bad that my doctor said I have tears in multiple ligaments. I’ve been on a no anything profile for a long time and been going to physical therapy. I still haven’t gotten my mri and today my commander said that she may start the 5-17 paperwork tomorrow after looking at our profiles because I’m not allowed to stand in formation still. I’ve been in for 186 days and was wondering if anyone has any insight to this process. And if I do get discharged for it will I still have any benefits? Would I be on disability after? And what this process would look like. Any insight would be helpful. Thank you!
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SFC Senior Brigade Career Counselor
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You should open up AR 635-200 and actually read chapter 5-17 so you understand what it is. "Chapters" are called chapters because it refers to which chapter the Separation falls under.

Chapters are not medical separation. You won't receive any medical benefits as part of the separation. You might be able to apply for disability from the VA later, but not likely unless you receive some serious lingering injury. It still won't be much. Point is, it's not a medical separation and you'll receive no benefits from it
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Okay thank you sergeant
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It might be a possible chapter 5-17 if your condition does not qualify you for a MEB, if you do not qualify for a MEB, the chapter 5-17 (Other physical/mental condition), may be the route your command takes.
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First you need to make a decision on whether you want to get out or get better. Your Commander is trying to sort out those who can be put back into the pipeline and those who are taking up space.

If you want to be in this lifestyle you need to be the squeaky wheel and get the grease. If you were injured in January and you still don't have imaging done it's because you aren't pushing hard enough or it's not needed. Speak to your medical providers and keep pushing. Be proactive. If you sit back the system will process you out and you won't know what's happening.

Second, read up on the chapters. It spells everything out.

Good luck.
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I’ve been trying to get an mri however things at fort Gordon typically take around 6 months to get one. I have an appointment for it may 4th. I started reading in to everything with the chapters too today. Thank you Sergeant
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PFC (Join to see) - Oh I know how slow Military medicine can be. 6 months is a little long for an MRI considering they normally run 24/7 to prevent a backlog but MTF's are notorious for having appointments out for months for specialty clinics. The key is to be proactive and constantly push to get results.
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