Thursday, May 11, 2006

Injured Army recruits say they were abused and neglected

The Raw Story reports that an Army program for recruits injured in basic training has been described by recruits as generating both abuse and medical neglect. At Fort Sill, for example, recruits said that "injuries were often treated with derision, ignored or improperly treated."

Injuries often became worse while wounded recruits waited to see medical specialists, and two soldiers died, one or both because of accidental overdose of medications.


Ugh - I went through Boot at Ft. Sill many moons ago.

I remember then how bad the medical care was, and it does not shock me that it took someone getting killed before the "big green machine" could be bothered to do anything about it.

My story was that I contracted strep throat about the 3rd week of boot. At first I thought it was a common cold, but I developed a fever that wouldn't quit. Combined with the nice hot Oklahoma summer (over 100 degrees), I was one miserable private. I asked to go to the infirmiry for something, but was denied. Maybe suffering from a cold wasn't manly enough or whatever. In either case, the next day I collapsed on a hike and was taken to the base hospital with a fever of 103. Fortunately, there was no lasting damage.

Oh, but wait, it gets better. I fractured my wrist in the 7th week and was threatened with failing boot (doing a round in that damn PTRP) and having to repeat it. I was told that they wouldn't allow me to do pushups with a cast on my wrist. There was no way in hell I was going to go through boot again, so the day before we were to take the physical + skills test, I hacked off my cast and went on to get a perfect score on the test.

I can only imagine what other people have/had to go through. I'm sure many people made it through without a scratch, but for those that didn't, it must've sucked. Wasn't the Army supposed to be on the Soliders' side?

By Anonymous Bryan, at 4:49 PM  

Thanks for telling your story here, Bryan. How dreadful that you went through that.

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