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3/20/2017 5:03:23 PM
Posted: 9/24/2001 3:07:34 PM EDT
Can someone please shed some light on what the army's current policy is on recruits with low arches (sometimes known as flat feet)? I didn't even know I had them till my wife noticed a little while ago. I jog regularly and can already easily pass the army's physical fitness test. I also have played sports and have never had any foot or other related physical problems of any kind. Copied from the medical standards document, the armys description of their policy is as follows: "Pes planus (flat feet), pronounced cases, with decided eversion of the foot and marked bulging of the inner border, due to rotation of the talus, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms." This is a bit over my head as I'm not an Orthopedic Surgeon, but I've noticed some key words in there such as "pronounced cases" and "decided eversion". It sounds like it just comes down to the doctor's opinion on what he would consider "pronounced" or not. Anyway, I was hoping to get into an airborne unit in the near future - I'm in good shape and have a Bachelor's degree, but it would suck to find out that I'm disqualified for a genetic trait I can do nothing about. Anywhere from 20% to 25% of all people have low arches, so I figure this affects many more than just me. Thanks...
Link Posted: 9/24/2001 3:11:32 PM EDT
can't speak for the Army..but I personally served in the Marines (86-90) with a guy who had flat feet.
Link Posted: 9/24/2001 3:17:01 PM EDT
During Vietnam, I reckon people tried to get out of being drafted for any reason they could find. I don't think that one worked. Urban legend. I have flat feet, was able to enlist with airborne option.
Link Posted: 9/24/2001 5:05:23 PM EDT
btt
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 8:55:54 PM EDT
My feet are flat as pancakes, and Uncle Sugar never even blinked, not even during my Airborne physical.
Link Posted: 9/26/2001 9:18:23 PM EDT
Don't know about the Army, but the Navy sure didn't care, as I got flat feet and did my time. In fact, I think my feet got even flatter walking on steel decks for 4 years [;)]
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