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Hip-E7

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I’ve been reading these posts for the past 2 years and I finally decided to post my own.

I’m a 15 year MSgt (Security Forces) in the Air Force Reserves (AGR). I had a total hip arthoplasty (replacement) in February of 2017 after years of pain, shots, and PT. My hip was bone on bone and developing spurs. I also have arthritis in my other hip. The surgery seemed successful for the first 6 months post op but it has been downhill ever since. I now live with a new pain in my hip and have developed a herniated disc in my back (L4-L5). My MTF is located on a Reserve base and this process seems like it’s taken forever. I was on a profile for a waist only test for the first six months and eventually worked my way up to a full component test (with the walk) at about the 18 month post-op mark, despite the pain I was in. I have never failed a test and did everything our MTF told me to do to try and meet the standards for retention. I was under the impression that I should have been evaluated 1 year after my surgery date but I waited almost 18 months before I was sent to an Active Duty MTF for my first military evaluation. Both Drs started they would make a recommendation for retention if I felt I could continue to do my daily duties. I concurred and was sent back to my base where I waited another 9 months for my MTF to submit my NARSUM to our MAJCOM (AFRC). Since then I have had multiple follow ups with my hip and back Drs. I have received several spinal epidural injections to try to alleviate the pain in my hip and back with no relief. The AFRC/SG denied my waiver request in less than a week and recommended an MEB starting I was unfit for retention base on my AFSC. My commander said he will advocate for my retention because I am in an administrative, non-deployable position. Is there anyone out here who has dealt with a similar situation with AFRC or the MEB process for an AGR? How long should I expect the process to take moving forward? Is there a chance I could be recommended for a cross train? Thanks for any advice or suggestions. All feedback is welcome!
 

Hip-E7

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*I typed this on an IPad... I’m really not as illiterate as my post would lead you to believe.
 

Padgettra

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I’ve been reading these posts for the past 2 years and I finally decided to post my own.

I’m a 15 year MSgt (Security Forces) in the Air Force Reserves (AGR). I had a total hip arthoplasty (replacement) in February of 2017 after years of pain, shots, and PT. My hip was bone on bone and developing spurs. I also have arthritis in my other hip. The surgery seemed successful for the first 6 months post op but it has been downhill ever since. I now live with a new pain in my hip and have developed a herniated disc in my back (L4-L5). My MTF is located on a Reserve base and this process seems like it’s taken forever. I was on a profile for a waist only test for the first six months and eventually worked my way up to a full component test (with the walk) at about the 18 month post-op mark, despite the pain I was in. I have never failed a test and did everything our MTF told me to do to try and meet the standards for retention. I was under the impression that I should have been evaluated 1 year after my surgery date but I waited almost 18 months before I was sent to an Active Duty MTF for my first military evaluation. Both Drs started they would make a recommendation for retention if I felt I could continue to do my daily duties. I concurred and was sent back to my base where I waited another 9 months for my MTF to submit my NARSUM to our MAJCOM (AFRC). Since then I have had multiple follow ups with my hip and back Drs. I have received several spinal epidural injections to try to alleviate the pain in my hip and back with no relief. The AFRC/SG denied my waiver request in less than a week and recommended an MEB starting I was unfit for retention base on my AFSC. My commander said he will advocate for my retention because I am in an administrative, non-deployable position. Is there anyone out here who has dealt with a similar situation with AFRC or the MEB process for an AGR? How long should I expect the process to take moving forward? Is there a chance I could be recommended for a cross train? Thanks for any advice or suggestions. All feedback is welcome!
Hip-E7, Sorry to hear of your medical issues. I riddled a similar months ago and the answer is that the full and complete AFSC military standards need met for retention. In this case, I will have to yield to the doctor about the MEB. Cross training should not, and I think is prohibited, once in the MEB process. I was in a similar situation working at a State HQ as an administrative officer, yet my AFSC was 38F which included many other duties, and also in a non-mobility position. I was found unfit and MEB'd. Best of luck to you as you navigate the MEB and AGR process. Ron P
 
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