does flatfeet exclude you from the draft?


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natedog
December 28, 2002, 10:56 PM
i have flat feet and am missing tendons in my ankles. does flat feet still exclude you from the draft? just wondering cause it seems to me that the shiot is about to hit fan pretty soon, with korea, iraq, ect. im not 18 yet ( 4 more years) but still, if global conflict erupt, a lot of young men like myself could be in the middle of it:eek:

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TheBluesMan
December 28, 2002, 11:11 PM
There is no draft at this time, Natedog. Registration is mandatory at age 18, but it's very doubtful that the draft will be reinstated.

Don't worry about it, my young friend. :)

Blackhawk
December 28, 2002, 11:14 PM
i have flat feet and am missing tendons in my ankles. What tendons are you missing and why? Sounds ominous! :(

TheBluesMan
December 28, 2002, 11:27 PM
Natedog - Check out: http://www.sss.gov/regist.htm for more information.

PATH
December 29, 2002, 12:03 AM
If they need cannon fodder flat feet won't keep you out of service. I believe recent research shows you can serve just as well as anyone else even though you have flat feet.

When my brother was in boot camp back in '65 they had a guy who had one leg shorter than the other due to polio as a child.
Guys took turns helping this guy keep up. He was not released until boot was almost over. Nope! When they need bodies you have got to be in seriously bad shape. They will monitor certain conditions to make sure you are not faking.

Can;t run to Canada or Mexico as they have signed treaties to send you back/

Gray Peterson
December 29, 2002, 12:08 AM
See my sig for the reason I can't be drafted. :p

Drizzt
December 29, 2002, 12:14 AM
So, they're not taking Pagans anymore, Lonnie? ;)

natedog, I wouldn't worry about it. If you've got 4 years to go, everything should be over by then. If you're still worried about it after that, you could always enlist on your own, to the service and speciality you select.

I was going to make a comment about just joining the Air Force, but thought better of it....... :D

Hkmp5sd
December 29, 2002, 12:24 AM
The flat feet won't keep you out, but if you include college, you have 8 years and it will be over by then. Hillary will be pres in 2008 and promptly surrender.

Redlg155
December 29, 2002, 12:26 AM
I've got flat feet. My footprint looks like a pancake with toes. The Army still accepted me.

Still..I wouldn't worry about it. 4 years is a long time from now. Plus if they did take you they could alway put you on an admin job.

Good Shooting
RED

RKCheung
December 29, 2002, 12:46 AM
I had slight to moderate fallen feet and the Marine Corps graciously allowed me to play.

Wouldn't worry about the draft though, young un's these days aren't willing to sacrifice anything for their country anymore. An all volunteer force is much better IMHO anyways. In the absense of WWIII, I doubt a draft would be necessary anyways.

natedog
December 29, 2002, 02:01 AM
i dont know the technical name (i should, my dads a doctor), but feel on the outside of your ankle and flex your foot upward. the tendon that protrudes is the main connection to your calf. there are some retaining tendons (very small) that i am missing (genetic defect, same with my mom), so that the large tendon moves around a whole lot, scraping against the bone. and when i go hiking for wxtended periods, the lack of an arch causes strain and soreness on the inside of my knees. i know it sounds kinda wussy but it hurts pretty bad after a while. my mother had to have corrective surgery, and they are trying to decide what to do with me

Blackhawk
December 29, 2002, 02:25 AM
Sorry to hear that. :(

Bet that would keep you out of the military even if you tried to get in. You'd probably have to have it corrected first, then a certification that everything was healed up and fully functional before you could get in.

UnknownSailor
December 29, 2002, 03:50 AM
In other words, a medical waiver. :)

M2HMGHB
December 29, 2002, 01:11 PM
My problem's are asthma and arthritis in my knees. That being said i jsut registered with them online.

MeekandMild
December 29, 2002, 05:34 PM
HAR! :)

It all depends on who and what you know. In the 1980's I served with a 65+ year old who had been a WWII vet and got back in with an age waiver because they needed his skills.

Kaylee
December 29, 2002, 09:04 PM
All that being said, there's a reason chicks dig a guy who weasles his way into the service more than a guy who works to ditch it.

:)


-K

Hkmp5sd
December 29, 2002, 09:36 PM
there's a reason chicks dig a guy who weasles his way into the service more than a guy who works to ditch it.

Guess I should be real popular! :D I had to have surgery on my arm to remove steel plates from a previous skateboarding accident and operation(s). The doctor had to swear on a stack of bibles and submit a suitcase full of notarized forms stating my arm was 100% before they would take me. Suckers! :)

TexasVet
December 29, 2002, 10:48 PM
My dad was deaf in his right ear since a childhood illness. He tried to enlist 4 times after Pearl Harbor and was rejected every time. In late '43 he got drafted and, miracle!, passed the physical. While in final training for D-day, he got his other ear damaged and while in the hospital, his outfit hit Omaha Beach and suffered 95% casualties.
Since I wasn't born 'til '46, I'm proud he served and glad he missed D-Day!

Hkmp5sd
December 29, 2002, 11:05 PM
Eh. They drafted my grandfather in 1942. Passed everything, went through bootcamp and was getting ready for a boatride overseas when they noticed he didn't really have 20/20 vision. This was possibly due to one of his eyes being made of glass from a childhood accident. Against his wishes, he was discharged for medical reasons.

natedog
December 29, 2002, 11:10 PM
i wouldn't particuarly want to go to war (something about the killing and dying sorta turns me off), but if called i would go and fight

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