I was doing engineering at uni and working for an engineering company for 4 years. Last year, I caught up with my high school mate who at the time was in 2CDO reo. He told me how much fun he had so I dropped everything and applied for direct entry. I didn’t get through psych as I didn’t have enough teamwork and stressful experiences. He gave me infantry and I was enlisted on the 16th of April 18.
Got through Kapooka alright, managed the highest pushups and best shot in my platoon. A lot of push up in the line and dry firing at the range. I was doing them on my own, others were sitting around and talking shit.
Towards the end of Kapooka I started to look like a stick, lack of food and was assigned a gunner for my section. Skinny dude with massive pack and relatively big gun.
I then spent 2 weeks at Singo and got medically downgraded for stress fracture in my neck of femur.
I suppose I just didn’t condition my body right, from a computer nerd to CrossFit in the Army.
I have been at TRW, Holsworthy for 2 months and a half now. I have to say, driving past 2CDO buildings or seeing the big guy at the gym really give me a push.
Physio and specialist said I would go back to Singo, I just need to heal. Stress fracture takes 3 months to heal. Another 3 months to slowly build my lower limb back up.
At the moment, I’m just playing time, training my upper body and learn about anything in my free time. Podcast and researching have been my go to apart from hitting the gym with the boys.
These things happen mate. Don’t think that it is uncommon (stress fractures) particularly going form little lower limb activity to relatively heavy workloads, weight carrying, boots, etc – increase the biomechanics strain and loading dramatically.
What you need to ficus on now – is rebuilding yourself physically and particularly mentally for the transition and demand that are to come. Focus on achieving what you want and continually look forward to small achievable goals – with the Sherwood Green as the long term aspiration.
There are plenty of people here who can assist in both of these endeavours – don’t be backwards in coming forwards for tips and advise.