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I went in on a medical waiver for a dislocating shoulder in 2002. When it dislocated for the fourth time was it okay to give me an els discharge? 

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I had a waiver in 2002 for a dislocated shoulder and was only in for five months it dislocated three times and the last time it happened the person trying to relocate it fractured my shoulder and after convalescent leave the same person gave me an epts discharge and I'm not sure how much of a choice I had. Now I have all kinds of problems physically, socially and mentally 

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Shrek is right; need more info. If it applies, a good explanation on ELS is here :https://www.thebalancecareers.com/entry-level-separations-what-is-an-els-3356960

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It sounds to me as if the Military did more harm to your shoulder , if your still having problems because of what Military medical personal did you should be able to get a service connected rating.  But before you do anything with the VA.. you really should check on getting your discharge upgraded to a medical discharge,  since the military made the condition worse. They should not have been able to just toss you out without consideration of a medical discharge.  You could have a real fight on your hands, but one worth fighting.   And yes you can get a medical discharge for conditions  you had before service occurred or if the condition was aggravated by military service -               ( aggravated means you went in with a condition and your military service made it worse.)

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It was a dislocated shoulder one time in high school and three times in basic I had to get a waiver. The last time my arm got broken trying to relocate it after convalescent leave I was given chapter 11 epts els discharge by the same major who tried unsuccessfully to relocate it. Also he said that the waiver was in place for this

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