I have attempted to research this issue in the forum and found things a little fuzzy, I am hoping that some wise people might be able to clarify things for me.
My son is nearing the end of 68W AIT training at FSH. All has been good, great even. He has a 93% average (just shy of honor grad, or he would have been), all "gos" on skills, always passed APFT, no disciplinary issues of any kind. His weight is perfect, never a concern. He is a very fine soldier.
He felt his knee "pop" a little during PT prior to Christmas exodus. He tried to work through it and it was really hurting, he finally went in and got seen at sick call. His meniscus seemed inflamed but they didn't think it was a tear. He was put on no-running profile and the timing was actually good since he could rest it over the break. He was home for two weeks and with mom watching over him only did situps/pushups and completely rested the knee. He took his NSAIDS and was compliant all instructions. It seemed better. As a former swimmer/water polo player his knees have never bothered him and this whole thing looked like a fluke. He returned to AIT and was then doing up/downhill runs of some kind and bam, hurt it again. It is very painful.
His platoon sergeant told him to either suck it up or go back to medical and not graduate as the Army has plenty of soldiers and doesn't need ones who can't run. He tried gutting it out for a day or so and finally caved and went in to be seen. Still same diagnosis. He begged the doctor, saying he just wants to graduate with his class,and the doctor wrote out two things: "Use prior diagnostic APFT run score" and "run at own pace". So my son was hopeful.
He went back and gave document to his platoon sergeant who said it was unacceptable to have both of those directions written as they are contradictory and he had better have his !%& up at 0400 in the morning to take the APFT that was scheduled. Of course, he reported for that, passed the situps/pushups and was instructed him NOT to run, with no further explanation or conversation. He was again hopeful!
Later that day -- they put him on the list as a PT failure. He was told to pass the record APFT that is in one week OR return to sick call and expect to not graduate and be held over in Hotel company with all the "fatty" PT failures. HIs choice. And that he can just plan on being chaptered out with a "failure to meet physical standards" separation. So we are just praying hard his knee heals, not sure what else to do, he feels called to serve and will not consider going back to medical after being told it will be the end.
This seems illogical but don't want to debate that -- I guess I am looking for confirmation that if he does not pass next week he is truly done for. I will need to get my head around that so I can be supportive in helping him move forward. I am encouraging him to continue to keep his head down, work hard, and stay mentally tough. He is devasted, though. This is the first time I have ever seen him stop believing in himself. Again with the logic: he is injured! He is not fat, lazy, or otherwise unskilled! What am I missing here? Any insight would be so appreciated.