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    Talk about throwing out your hips, hope you recover in health. Maybe your form was bad? Or hell, it might've always been there but it got exasperated by the training. Either way, things like that need to heal so just take it as easy as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkCat View Post
    Talk about throwing out your hips, hope you recover in health. Maybe your form was bad? Or hell, it might've always been there but it got exasperated by the training. Either way, things like that need to heal so just take it as easy as possible.
    Yeah, stress fractures are no joke. Managed to give myself a set of hairline stress fractures in both my shins (trying to jog 10 km a day after peaking at 8 km a day) a few years back and that took me out of commission for nearly a year (and exacerbated my preexisting torsion in my left leg from where a compound fracture healed badly).

    Ivyn, what kind of kit did they have you humping out there as part of your training? I'm aware reservists go through the same basic as regular Army, but I've never heard of someone working up femoral-hip stress fractures like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polo View Post
    That sucks to hear, brah. Actually, before the injury, how were you finding the training? I once tried to join some cadets but it wasn't really for me.
    I was and am a damned good marksman, being one of two Hawkeye (40/40 targets) in our company. Overall, it was a crazy fun experience with a bunch of people that I'm proud to call my brothers and sisters in arms.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkCat View Post
    Talk about throwing out your hips, hope you recover in health. Maybe your form was bad? Or hell, it might've always been there but it got exasperated by the training. Either way, things like that need to heal so just take it as easy as possible.
    We're pretty sure that it was a single event during the FTX. Looking back, I had a pretty bad impact when I was rappelling on day one of three, so running around with that probably caused some major aggression.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi-L View Post
    Yeah, stress fractures are no joke. Managed to give myself a set of hairline stress fractures in both my shins (trying to jog 10 km a day after peaking at 8 km a day) a few years back and that took me out of commission for nearly a year (and exacerbated my preexisting torsion in my left leg from where a compound fracture healed badly).

    Ivyn, what kind of kit did they have you humping out there as part of your training? I'm aware reservists go through the same basic as regular Army, but I've never heard of someone working up femoral-hip stress fractures like that.
    We were usually just marching with our M16s and camel packs during normal drills and trips. For this FTX, though, we had 50 lb rucksacks and whatever shit we would need to offload from the One Tons. Considering said incident mentioned above, double-timing with my battle buddies through the woods with an already aggressive impact injury probably put me even worse for wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivyn View Post
    I was and am a damned good marksman, being one of two Hawkeye (40/40 targets) in our company. Overall, it was a crazy fun experience with a bunch of people that I'm proud to call my brothers and sisters in arms.
    Dude that's crazy good. Are you considering an advancement towards something like sniper training or similar?

    Reading this makes me slightly miss my short time in the military. It wasn't exactly for me (I am a bit too individualistic for that, I think) but I really enjoyed the stuff we were doing. Shame our own military is in shambles. At least we got a bomb defuse robot lately, tho.
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    Nah. Even if I had the choice to re-negotiate my contract to Airborne/Ranger, I'm content with my current place in the Army.

    Since I don't think I've mentioned, my MOS is 46R, Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist. Far from 11B/X (Infantry), its more so geared towards maintaining public relations and putting together Newspaper articles, press releases, and recruitment/internal campaigns. On top of that, I have Top Secret Security Clearance, which is a quick ticket into any 6 figure job I want once I get out.

    Main reason I went with 46R at Enlistment is due to the bonus (30k Student loan repayment and ensured job at either Sony, Google, Apple, or Facebook), as well as it being a "Unicorn MOS." The latter means that it's an incredibly high-demand MOS, with the lowest number of slots available.

    As a secondary skill, I'm looking into going back to AIT training at my Drill Sergeant's advice for 42A, Human Resources Specialist. That one actually sees deployment, as we need HR over there for payroll as well as EO/SHARP and general logistics. On top of that, DS Olvera talked with me about how this was and still is her primary MOS, and it would be a good fit for me due to my HR experience at Amazon, on top of my end-goal of working with recruits (recruiter or drill sergeant)

    Side note, it's a funny and weird situation after you graduate. The people whose jobs it was to break me down and rebuild me as a soldier are hella nice. I'll be walking to chow, pass by Olvera smoking out a bunch of Day 0 Privates for not calling "At Ease" for her, then immediately after turn around and say "Hello West Virginia, my perfect little angel."
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