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At 10:36pm on November 22, 2010, Thomas Lienhart said…
Chief West,

Thanks for contacting me.
Rachels first and only choice from the get go was the Navy. Her Grandfather and Great Grandfather both served. She mentioned an an interest in the Military, she said Navy would be her choice and we went and spoke with a recruiter. She took the ASVAB test the first day we went in. We weren't expecting a test but Rachel took it, & scored above 700. A week later she decided she wanted to sign up.
As far as choosing to be AECF; it was in no way forced or thrust on her. They gave her an idea of what it entailed, the pay, the ranking, etc, & she decided to go for it. Her specific job will be a FireControlman. She has a bit of schooling ahead, but I think she is/was ok with that. She started getting discouraged due to a delay between Bootcamp and start of A school. There was almost 6 weeks delay before she finally started.
When she joined, she had a boyfriend, a Marine, who is 5 years older than she. Her mom & I didn't approve but she continued a long distance relationship w/him. He has been in Afghanistan for the past several months & will probably be there for awhile. He recently sent her a ring, said he wants to marry her. Again, her Mom and I do not approve; we hardly know this young man. Shes 19, only out of High School for 6 months! This is when we started seeing unusual behavior,saying she "wants out" of the Navy, she's stressed out, etc. We now think this guy is pressuring her. I was able to speak to him a few weeks ago. I asked him to back off and let Rachel grow up, focus on her career and committment to the Navy.

I apologize for the long story but this is what I believe is happening. Chief West, please keep this confidential. I actually called Rachels recruiter,he was going to try contacting her. He also knows this is not like Rachel. I will be seeing her over Thanksgiving and am excited to spend time with her!

Any advice you might have I welcome. Thanks very much Chief West for contacting me.
At 7:40pm on November 17, 2010, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Chief....I'm lurking here, but read your reply to Jim...his sailor's rate is AECF according to Thomas' profile.......
At 3:45pm on July 26, 2010, Dawn said…
Hi Chief West: thought you might enjoy knowing that the sailor of the week is mine :)
At 8:03pm on July 1, 2010, Chuck said…
My younger son went to visit his recruiter. The Chief in the office requested more information. Good news! They are really working on his request.
At 10:11am on June 29, 2010, F. Lee Esquivel said…
I just heard from the recruiters Chief. The problem is the paperwork that we got from the hospital it says "Renal failure" (Kidney failure) as the initial diagnosis. The Chief said it is at a courtesy med view, if cleared he can do his physical then it will go to med view for the real approval.

At 12:34am on June 27, 2010, F. Lee Esquivel said…
Hi Chief
He took the ASVAB on 3-4-2010. He was supposed to go back the next day to take the physical and get his job in the CT or IT field. We were told the next day that the MEPS Dr. needed to get a clearance from our Dr. so we did. He said it would be a week or two before we heard back from MEPS. On 4-1 the recruiter said to get everythin we could from the Dr., Lab and hospital so we did. Almost 3 weeks went by with no word so I called the recruiter. The recruiter said the the main base was flooded back east from a river going over the banks so it would be some time before we hear back. In early May the recruiter said he needed a list of Charlie's work outs, times at the Gym and swimming times.... Why??? I don't know he just said it would help. This past Monday I went to the recruiting office and was told" Wow, Charlie may have to wait six month and maybe up to a year before he will know something!! It's now almost 4 month since his ASVAB test, still has not gotten a physical at MEPS, He goes to the DEP meetings on Thursdays and DEP events, he has brought in other recruits and they already have ship out dates...but now the recruiter seems to be blowing us off.

At 11:15pm on June 25, 2010, F. Lee Esquivel said…
He tagged along with a Marine Depper buddy to check it out. The Sgt. PT'd Charlie with out our consent. We found out the next day when he started to complain about his back hurting, that's when he told us that he worked out with the Marines.
At 11:09pm on June 25, 2010, F. Lee Esquivel said…
All documentation from the Dr. and hospital was sent in per the recruiters request "to help things along" as he said... that was in April, He has no seen anyone from the Navy in regards to this issue, and that's what frustrates me. On Wed, this week I went to the recruiters office to find out if there was anything new. He said "Charlie is in for a long wait, it could be 6 months to a year before he gets seen. My sons Dr. said he would call or go to MEPS if he has too because " there is no reason a simple case of dehydration should cause this much delay"

At 10:46pm on June 25, 2010, F. Lee Esquivel said…
Opps, I hit the button to fast, We also supplied the recruiter with all copies of the hospital report, lab results, Doctors reports, Nephrologist (Kidney Doctor) findings, two week check up and 6 month check up report. The diagnosis was a Myoglobin build up due to severe exertion and dehydration common in marathon running or calisthenics... They WHOOPED his newbie butt at the DEP event!
At 10:34pm on June 25, 2010, F. Lee Esquivel said…
Hi Chief,
His recruiter said he had to clear the medical review board before he could do the Medical screening. He has uncorrected 20/15 vision & no childhood illnesses.


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