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  1. Just got word that ROTC is out of scholarship money. And that my back problems prevent my from getting a contract. Filled out the forms today, and getting released from the university tonight.

    So yeah, I sad. I very sad. Probably going to go enlist in a few weeks.

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    2. Maes

      Maes

      Not quite. In Greece at least, to even be considered as a reserve officer candidate you must be declared "I1" (fully able) in your bodily ability/health exam or "I2" (minor problems, only for auxiliary/support corps and including Signal corps, which is considered a "weapon" too).

      Certain enlisted corps and specialties (e.g. special forces, provosts) also require nothing short of I1 ability, and professional enlisted and career personnel are also required to be I1 or I2 as per reserve officers.

      The other ratings, I3 and I4 mean increasingly greater health problems, but none of them means you're totally unfit to serve. I3 is the minimum where you're considered able to handle a weapon (unless you got the I3 rating for psychological reasons), while I4 is the minimum acceptable for service (although that means unarmed, auxiliary services). I5 means unfit for service.

      Mr. Freeze's problem would class him as I3 or I4 in Greece, depending on how serious it is, both of which preclude professional or even reserve officer service.

      I'd say get on with your life, and be glad that your country doesn't have obligatory conscription where you'd be forced to serve for 12 months living in a barracks, doing menial tasks like picking up the trash or peeling potatoes unpaid and you wouldn't even be issued a rifle because of your condition.

    3. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      Creaphis said:

      You have back problems that prevent you from being a reserve officer, but not from enlisting? Shouldn't it be the officers, much more the reserve officers, that can get away with sitting on their asses all day?


      The exact opposite, actually. Officers are expected to go BEYOND everyone else in both physical and mental tasks.

      Think of it this way: Would YOU want to be serving under a guy who couldn't meet the minimum pushup requirements (42)? Or who couldn't life anything heavy? I wouldn't.

    4. Danarchy

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      Maes said:

      I'd say get on with your life, and be glad that your country doesn't have obligatory conscription where you'd be forced to serve for 12 months living in a barracks, doing menial tasks like picking up the trash or peeling potatoes unpaid and you wouldn't even be issued a rifle because of your condition.

      I'd say this is pretty good advice right here. There are other ways of serving your country aside from joining the military (especially if you're going to be sent behind a desk or made into a janitor), and the thing about the military is that you can't change your mind once you're in. That's at least 2 years of your life that you're giving them. Just some things to consider.

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