Posted on Jun 29, 2019
DaVina Horne
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Can I re-enlist with RE 3 and separation code JFW for flat feet. I was discharged in BCT and that was in 2015. I havent had any issues with my feet since then. I really want to go back in.
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COL David Turk
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Boy, times have changed. I went down to Fort Hamilton for my draft physical (Nov 71), with a doctors file covering my flat feet and fallen arches (trying for 4F, to not get drafted). At the end of the physical, to include an ortho consult, I was told I was fit for duty and that a profile for my feet would be waiting for me at basic (Fort Dix). Never saw the medical profile, which actually turned out to a good thing. Went through like everybody else.
Later on, I got some custom inserts at Valley Forge General Hospital when I was TDY there in support of the returning Vietnam POWs sent there (early 1973). I wore those plastic inserts for 15- 20 years. Still have them in my “military storage tote”.

Sorry, but that brings back a funny story. I was wearing those inserts in my books during a night patrol/attack in advance ROTC camp at Fort Bragg. We were moving quietly through a wooded area when the TAC officer stops and says “what the hell is that noise?” After resuming our approach, he stops us again, and comes up to me and says, “Turk, what’s with your boots?” Turns out the plastic inserts were rubbing up against the leather, making a noise. The inserts came out on the spot and I never wore them again on training or noise sensitive missions.
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DaVina Horne
DaVina Horne
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They most definitely have. The Army doctor who handled my case was basically just like you need to leave and go back home because your feet are a problem and had only prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs no support or anything.
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SP5 Peter Keane
SP5 Peter Keane
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Colonel, that is a good story. My father went to enlist after Pearl Harbor and was turned downed for medical reasons. 18 months later he was drafted.
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WO1 Motor Sergeant
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RE-3’s can still get in. It’ll take a moral waiver to go through the works though—about a 3 month turn around in best cases. If your feet are truly flat than you’d possibly need a medical waiver as well.
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DaVina Horne
DaVina Horne
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Okay Thanks. Going to recruiter office Monday
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Have you checked with a recruiter or someone in personnel at an Armory.
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DaVina Horne
DaVina Horne
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I’m going Monday. I just wanted to see if anyone else was accepted back in with this same issue
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