Posted on Jan 15, 2018
John Hall
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I was recently medically discharged from Navy basic training with an RE-8 code for having knee pain in basic training when running. Basically I want to know how the re-enlistment process works, my chances of getting back in, basically just redpill me on this. I really enjoyed my time there, and was looking forward to my navy career. I was supposed to be an AECF... :(
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SPC Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
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If you have a recruiter willing to put the time in, you can get back in. Trust me, I'm living proof. Fractured my pelvis in basic the first time, went home on convalescent leave, came back just to hear I didn't heal enough. So I got a general medical discharge with RO3 return.

I came home, took it easy for 6 months, and got a x-ray. As soon as my recruiter started paperwork (I went to the same one as the first enlistment) I started exercising like crazy until 6 months later my waiver got approved.

Now I'm full fledged ARMY, and awaiting my first deployment to Kuwait next month with the 101st. So don't take no for an answer, if you want it bad enough, look around and find a recruiter willing to put the time in for you.

Best of luck in what ever you decide to do.
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SP5 Lori Pong
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It depends on whether or not the condition behind the medical discharge was considered a permanent one. My Nephew received a medical from the Marines after he broke his leg during boot camp. He too was looking forward to a career with the military. He was told that as long as he waited a year and was medically cleared he could reenlist.
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It was a temporary pain, I have already recovered and I’m running with no pain at all. I’m surprised everything worked out so well for your nephew, because from what I heard waivers are hard to come by, especially medical ones because I’ve been told considering the fact that the Navy is so selective when it comes to past medical conditions, why would the navy want someone back knowing they have had prior problems?
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I’d say talk to a recruiter and see about getting a waiver. If there’s no pain you may just need a doctor to examine you before they’ll give it but it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. But as I said talk to recruiters they know most about this stuff.
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LTC Charles T Dalbec
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John. google question takes you to

SecNav.Mil says
RE-8: Temporary medical conditions or unsatisfactory initial performance and conduct (available to recruits assigned to Recruit Training command for initial training only).

Contact Navy Recruiter for Assistance....
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