So, guess who now has the right to claim "injured in the line of duty?"
Yeah. Long story short, I got injured during a 3 day Training Exercise known as Victory Forge. For those unaware of US Army training, Vic Forge is a field training exercise (FTX) that tests a warrior's skills in a field scenario. It is one of the final steps to graduating Basic Combat Training.
Im not sure the exact event that caused it, but I was suffering some mad pain in the time after, and on last Monday, I got an MRI, Bone Scan, and X-ray.
Diagnosis: PV2 Brown has 5 stress fractures in his hips. To count
- Fractures 1 and 2 are Grade 3 (Very Bad) bilateral stress fractures on the femoral necks.
- Fracture 3 is a Grade 2 (Pretty Bad) stress fracture in the upper left femur.
- Fracture 4 is a Grade 1 (Kind of Bad) stress fracture in the right femur, surrounding the femoral neck.
- Fracture 5 is a Grade 2 stress fracture in the middle of the right femur.
Now, to clarify, one Grade 3 Fracture is enough to warrant medical leave or discharge. In my case, I am ONLY offered a medical discharge from potentially permanent injury in the line of duty, with choice to re-enlist in 6 months depending on status of my fractures.
On the upside, I earned my graduation. So I *might* not have to go through BCT again. Still, I'm in the Fort Jackson Rehab until my discharge paperwork is finished.