Last Post

This is my final post before I ship to basic! Everything is packed, car is sold, and several goodbyes made. It has been a hectic day and I was mellow and zen all day until mid-afternoon when the nerves started to set in.

But sitting there in my hotel room I am calm again. I’ve been chatting with my roommate which is also going into the Air Force so that’s pretty cool. I’ll keep this short and sweet since I have a 0430 wake up call. See you in 8.5 weeks!

Whole New Direction

I have been MIA for quite some time now.  There are several reasons for that.  In December, my husband and I filed for divorce.  Due to that decision, I put enlisting in the Army on hold.  Since then, I’ve moved to Arizona.  On February 12th, I met with an Air Force recruiter.  She gave me a packet to fill out and I returned it on the 25th.  Today I scheduled my MEPS visit for a week from tomorrow.  Due to tracking all my medical documentation down for the Army last year, I had everything I needed to enlist into the Air Force and this process has been quite quick and seamless.

Since I last posted, I’ve lost weight (I’m now down to 135 lbs) and have maintained a consistent running schedule.  Today I ran my fastest 2 mile run in forever (17:53) but still need to increase my pace.  I think I will add in a day of interval running and see how I progress with that.

I’m racing the clock to ship to basic before my 28th birthday.  I turn 27 in July so I do have time but depending on the AFSC that I get/ship date/and how long I’m in DEP, I could be cutting it close.  But I’m glad how quickly things have progressed so far.  The Army recruiter that I had in CA did not seem all that interested in doing all he could to get me in but my current recruiter, despite my age and the time constraint, seemed as though she would help me to the best of her ability.  I’m very happy so far with my decision.   

Soon, So Very Soon

While in town yesterday, I stopped by the recruiting office.  I fixed a discrepancy in my packet and talked to my recruiter a bit.  He mentioned that I could possibly be going to MEPS only for the physical portion next week.  I will find out when I call them on Monday.

My husband mentioned wanting to be the one to swear me in, which would be pretty awesome and make it all that more special, but I believe that would have to be something done at MEPS.  I still have some time to find out the answer to that though.

I was told that I will go to MEPS for the physical part only and after I am cleared physically, I will be able to reserve a job with my recruiter at the station.  Since we’ll be dual military, I require a waiver, which hopefully will not take too long to process.  Not quite sure if that paperwork will come prior to attending MEPS or after but I have that to look forward to.

Authorized To Physical

At 1535 today I received an email from my recruiter.  All the body said was “WOOOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!”  Scrolled down and read the email he forwarded and at the top of it said “Authorized to physical.”  Further down it says “This information is provided to complete the record and to notify to continue processing.”

So I’m one step closer.  I think my recruiter has to do a few things and then I’ll be able to be scheduled a time to visit MEPS.

A week ago today I dropped off the medical documents from my last appointment so I guess it was decent time for them to get back to us.

I still haven’t told very many people.  Especially not family.

Last Medical Step Before MEPS…?

A week ago I had my (hopefully) final appointment before being able to go to MEPS.  The doctor I saw said my knee was “rock solid” after manipulating it every which way to see how it held up, if it slid, snapped, or felt off.  He wrote in the notes on the form that I was cleared for all physical activities.  I’m hoping that’s it and that I hear back soon if I can move forward.

It’s hard to believe that it has been seven months since I started this process.  It’s been hard to stay completely motivated when you feel like it’s going nowhere.

It took me a while to update this because this past weekend we met up with some of my friends in Vegas.  But hopefully I hear back soon regarding MEPS.

The Never Ending Story

I thought I’d be hearing good news this week regarding MEPS.  About an hour ago, I received an email from my recruiter.  The message read, “These doctors are pissin me off they want more stuff….”  followed by forwarded email they sent him and an attachment stating the required documents.

Back when I had the ortho exam done, the MAJ put in a referral for me to be looked at by an outside doctor regarding my ability to perform simple PT tasks.  I didn’t think it was something I HAD to do but apparently because it was stated in the report, they need it.  If it’s the same place the MAJ had told me about, it is over 2 hours from where I live.  One way.  But looking at the referral form I received in the mail a week or two ago, it’s a closer location.  But I’m honestly not sure what the purpose is for this particular visit.

I called the number on the referral form and left a message that made me sound like an idiot, probably.  Calling to schedule an appointment for a treatment that I’m not entirely sure what it will entail… yeah, sounded like an idiot.  I left my name, number and mentioned TRICARE… I hope they’ll be able to figure it out.  I’ve never had to use an outside doctor since getting on TRICARE.

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Run Time & MEPS (Still Waiting)

Today I went for a mile run on the track.  It was between 0800 and 0900 and already 90 degrees outside.  I accomplished my fastest mile run since using MapMyRun, I think.  I ran it in 8 minutes and 15 seconds.  Pretty impressive considering we ate out all of last week and it wasn’t always the healthiest (we did do a lot of walking while at the parks, though).

I ran last Saturday and Monday morning before we left for San Diego.  Saturday was on the track (8:57) and Monday was through the neighborhood (9:10).  My legs felt heavy and the hills definitely didn’t help my time that day.  I’m looking forward to increasing my time and getting it in the 7 minute range.

The day we left for San Diego, my recruiter called me letting me know MEPS needed another document to which I responded that I would get it to him when I returned in a week since he forgot I told him I’d be gone.  Today I went to the patient administration division office to get the xray interpretation document, scanned it into a PDF and emailed to him.  So hopefully now I’m in the clear to go to MEPS for the physical.  Fingers crossed.  Before our vacation, I was down to 144 lbs.  I’m hoping I’ll be back down to that, at least, before going.  I’m back up to my body’s comfortable 149… but it’s time to break that comfort level.  I’m going to try running more regularly from now on.

Glitch In The System

I just got off the phone with SSgt H.  He said to not come in on Tuesday 2013APR2 for the ASVAB.  There is, for some reason, a glitch in the system with my name.  He believes it’s very likely that it’s caused from the request for the documents from the MEPS in Indianapolis.  He’s hoping to get it resolved by the 9th so that I can take it then.

I also don’t believe it’ll be likely for me to take the test at the ed center on post, which I understand.  It’s not in the system as a possible testing site and it’s run by the Army, not MEPS.  And the people that proctor the tests and the sites are employees of MEPS, not the Army. I’m just glad they seem to be doing what they can to get me able to test and aren’t making me come in next week only to find out I cannot test and go through the same thing as the past two weeks.

I am honestly glad that I did get more time to study.  Two weeks ago I was worried and stressing out because I didn’t feel prepared.  I had only had two weeks at that point to refresh myself on the math sections and that isn’t really enough time to let all that information sink in once again and have it memorized.

I have the ASVAB For Dummies book, and I’ve made myself flash cards.  In my previous ASVAB related posts, I’ve also found websites that can help me with my studies.  I feel like I have to get as close to, or better than, the 83 that I got in 2008.  I definitely owe it to myself to score as high as I can with these chances to study more.

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