Mar 24, 2011 - 5:05 pm
I'm 27, just finished chemo for stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma this past December. I am an E-6 in the Army Reserves and although I haven't deployed yet, I've just transferred to a kind of unit that deploys frequently. According to AR 40-501 (Medical Fitness Standards), p. 62, soldiers on a six-month follow-up schedule "should not deploy." Once I get my strength back, I would like to do a 2-4 month deployment next year on a volunteer basis.
Does the army allow soldiers to deploy if they have a six-month follow-up schedule? Is there a waiver for this? I'm guessing that if the army wanted to deploy me now for a year, they could do so, because the reg says "should not" rather than "will not." And the army will do what it wants anyway . . . I'd just rather not deploy a few months out of intensive chemo, since I haven't recovered yet.