Hey guys just wanted to say that this forum has been a goldmine of information for me through my WO application process. Now I need some pretty serious advice, and I have not found a similar case on here. I apologize for the novel I am about to write, but this requires some context.
I just came out on the November list. Since I submitted my packet in September I have had a pretty significant develop in my life. My oldest son has a genetic disorder that cripples his immune system. He takes injections daily to boost white blood cell production and leads a largely normal life. If he gets a fever over 100.5, it’s off to the hospital because his tissue paper thin immune system has failed and he needs to get on so heavy antibiotics fast. This was all occurring for years before I applied for WOCS, so it was a known factor and did not really affect my career. The other thing about his condition is that he has a really good chance (30%) of developing leukemia. The only cure for his condition is a bone marrow transplant from a sibling match (non sibling matches are not really a possibility because my wife and I are different ethnicities).
We had a second son in June and that beautiful little bastard was a match for his big brother. Our doctors want to move to transplant as soon as son #2 is a year old and a certain weight. The procedure is pretty grueling: chemo, isolation, and a minimum 30 days in the hospital and another minimum 60 of daily hospital visits for checks. Right now if we do this procedure before he goes into full leukemia we have a 90% chance of survival. If we wait too long and he develops leukemia he has a sub 30-50% chance of survival. They want to wait until cold and flu is over and ensure he has a fully functioning immune system before the next season starts. To add another layer to the problem, the procedure will be done in Michigan and I am currently stationed in South Carolina. So we are looking at a late June/early July date for the start of the transplant.
Here are the two courses of action that I see as a possibility based on the ATTARS info for my basic course.
COA 2: I Start WOCS in August/September and complete basic by the end of October. This is ideal, but I feel like pushing WOCS off 10ish months has to be a bad thing. My current unit will support all of the TDY/PTDY/Leave I need.
COA 1: I go to WOCS in late January and finish WOBC in early June. I sign in at my next unit and immediately dump all of these problems on them (Hey I just got here but I need leave/ permissive TDY for 30+ days). I feel that even though it is a pretty legit issue, it will still reflect poorly on me and could potentially set me up for failure with my new career. Maybe I have a sweetheart commander that is all about stuff like that, maybe I don’t. I will also be leaving soldiers and NCOs without leadership for an extended period of time.
What are your thoughts/opinions? Thanks in advance.