Posted on Dec 30, 2020
Kay Miller
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Back in 2019 I got a discharge from the Coast Guard during boot camp. After a few weeks of being there I ended up in the medical ward. After being in the medical ward for a little bit I was evaluated and got an Adjustment Disorder discharge. It’s been over a year since the discharge and after seeing a therapist I got a letter saying I was cleared of Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, or any other mental health issues and that I’d be able to go back to boot camp and be okay. My RE code was an RE3 and said all Id need is a waiver to re-enlist. In order to obtain the waiver I needed to hand in my discharge paperwork along with a letter from a mental health professional saying I’ve seen her and am mentally okay to go back. I received and had all this paperwork and decided to go Navy and therefore handed this paperwork over to my Navy recruiter. I gave him my DD-214, my medical records from the coast guard, my letter from a therapist,etc. I’d need to retake the ASVAB because my previous one expired and redo MEPS again which I’m perfectly fine with. My recruiter said it would take up to 3 months to hear back about waiver approval. It’s only been a month and I’ve heard nothing yet, I’m trying to be patient. I’ve read from others that most mental health waivers are hard to get approved and it’s a hard process to get back in and I’ve never met anyone who was able to get back in from this same discharge. I was just wondering if anyone had any helpful or useful information, advice, tips, etc to help me have a greater chance at re-enlistment. I really screwed up the first time and have made it known I won’t stop till I’m able to re-enlist. My mental and physical health is perfectly fine and I just want the best chances of getting back in. All I can do is hope for the best and hope the waiver is approved however I don’t know the chances of my waiver being approved or how much my recruiter is willing to wait and work with me. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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90% of the time they get disapproved due to the nature of relapse.
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Being honest... most all get turned away. If you had that hard of a time a year ago at the Coast Guard, you would be a major liability for the Navy. It has been a long time since I saw one go through. But I also believe you should fight for something you want, best of luck to you!
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Kay Miller
Kay Miller
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Thanks so much
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SSG Laurie Mullen
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If this doesn't work out and you still want to work on ships, you might want to look into one of the Merchant Marine academies.
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Kay Miller
Kay Miller
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Thanks so much!
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