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    basically i got discharged from the Marines on june 7th 2011 because i got hit with a piece of hot brass in the face and i had a couple of headaches and i was given Motrin and due to being on the rifle range they said i had migraines. so basically i have been home for one year no headaches no nothing at all and i want to reenlist i have seen a Neurologist and he cleared me and basically i just have to see my doctor one more time so he can clear me. i got an RE3p code and i have a bunch of references. is it worth it trying to reenlist or will they deny me right on the spot?

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    Re: Joining the National Guard.

    Originally posted by luis1987 View Post
    basically i got discharged from the Marines on june 7th 2011 because i got hit with a piece of hot brass in the face and i had a couple of headaches and i was given Motrin and due to being on the rifle range they said i had migraines. so basically i have been home for one year no headaches no nothing at all and i want to reenlist i have seen a Neurologist and he cleared me and basically i just have to see my doctor one more time so he can clear me. i got an RE3p code and i have a bunch of references. is it worth it trying to reenlist or will they deny me right on the spot?
    You been on this website for a while and you have not talked to a National Guard recruiter yet? As someone who was in the Marine Corps and been serving for 22.5 years and got hit many times in the face with brass (I am left-handed and use to shoot the M16A1 without the brass deflectors; I find the outcome of your experience very strange.
    Last edited by Chief Kemosabe; June 7th, 2012, 02:09 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Joining the National Guard.

      Originally posted by fmcityslicker View Post
      You been on this website for a while and you have not talked to a National Guard recruiter yet? As someone who was in the Marine Corps and been serving for 22.5 years and got hit many times in the face with brass (I am left-handed and use to shoot the M16A1 without the brass deflectors; I find the outcome of your experience very strange.
      I'm a left handed shooter as well.... (even though I am normally right handed) and I also got stung with some brass at basic training. I have never heard of anyone getting headaches from it though, it just left a red mark.

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      • #4
        Re: Joining the National Guard.

        So true lol. I remember when that happened to me and also I busted my lip since I did not have my nose pressed against the charging handle and the weapon bit me back hard. Blood was flowing. My Drill Instructor simply said "that's is hardcore".

        It happened many times during the years. In the Marines it was more prone to happen since we shot with sleeves up and soft covers on. Happened to me in Iraq too and I had a nice bloody nose. This Specialist (at the time) and myself have a photo of us together at the range with gauze up our noses. Too funny. But hey, I been an expert badge wearer (I dont wear the bolo badges now) for many, many years.

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          Re: Joining the National Guard.

          im not trying to make excuses or anything but thats what i got discharged for which was stupid because i had a week left of graduation. and my SDI made me go to medical because i got hit right above the eye. reason i havent seen a recruiter is because i was told i had to wait a year before i could ask about joining again.

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            Re: Joining the National Guard.

            Originally posted by luis1987 View Post
            im not trying to make excuses or anything but thats what i got discharged for which was stupid because i had a week left of graduation. and my SDI made me go to medical because i got hit right above the eye. reason i havent seen a recruiter is because i was told i had to wait a year before i could ask about joining again.
            what does the narrative say on your DD214?

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            • #7
              Re: Joining the National Guard.

              What was your separation code, luis1987? Some RE3 codes are eligible for re-enlistment when combined with specific separation codes.

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              • #8
                Re: Joining the National Guard.

                Originally posted by fmcityslicker View Post
                (I am left-handed and use to shoot the M16A1
                +100 I'm pretty sure the OP hasn't seen a A1 unless he's watched Platoon, or Dances with Wolves.

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                  Re: Joining the National Guard.

                  Ta-Tanka... Ta-Tanka...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Joining the National Guard.

                    Originally posted by Mongoose772 View Post
                    +100 I'm pretty sure the OP hasn't seen a A1 unless he's watched Platoon, or Dances with Wolves.
                    haha and that is where I was getting at. With the A1 lefties were given the block (similar to a port ejector white block) that we put in the port ejector that made the brass fly forward. Now with the A2s, it is built-in but there will be a round at times that will miss hit and hit you.

                    So basically, I love the pre-story/background of why the person was discharged. As I said many times; the story is unnecessary, it is the end-result that is stated on your discharge/re-code. Nevertheless, you imagine about the brass. Was the OP right-handed and the brass flew from the shooter on his left-side and where in the face that it caused these long term migraines? Right above the eye probably means he had his cover cocked-back lol.

                    Mind you, any Devil Dog here knows the rifle range happens at phase two which is between weeks 4 through 7 and then you have weeks 8 through 13 left before graduation. He also said, he was discharged a week before and his senior drill made him go to medical (so that is the twist). I knew recruits that got hurt but since they were outstanding; DIs will help them ensure they will graduate to earn the title of US Marine.

                    BLUF: There is obviously much more to the tale. You dont get discharged solely from hot brass that supposedly now caused this headaches.

                    Dont tell this tale to the NG recruiter because we use weapons in the Army and he might think you are too soft to be shooting one.
                    Last edited by Chief Kemosabe; June 8th, 2012, 01:37 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Joining the National Guard.

                      Originally posted by jmclaughlin1701 View Post
                      Ta-Tanka... Ta-Tanka...
                      places fingers at temples simulating a buffalo haha.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Joining the National Guard.

                        Originally posted by fmcityslicker View Post
                        BLUF: There is obviously much more to the tale. You dont get discharged solely from hot brass that supposedly now caused this headaches.
                        +1...yeah, it doesn't add up

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