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    Before I left for Basic, it had been explained that trainees who are physically injured are given con leave to return home, mend up, and return to training once healed.

    I found that this was only partially true.

    About 10% of my company experienced medical problems that interfered with training. Some of the cases involved conditions that slipped by MEPS, but others just had bad luck.

    A couple of the injured soldiers were given con leave, but most ended up stuck in a limbo "hold-over" state that can last for months. The process behind the decision to grant or deny con leave was opaque to the trainee, and seemed both arbitrary and without consideration for component status.

    I mention this because reserve component soldiers generally put their civilian lives on hold while attending training. This was a non-trivial issue for me, and others as well. Before leaving for BCT, recruits should consider the worst case scenario and be prepared for an extended stay at the training site.

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    Re: physical injury in BCT

    Thanks for the heads up