Q: Can my commander make me cancel a medical appointment for field training?
I just recently got back from a deployment, during my PDHA I asked to make an appointment for severe back pain and shoulder pain. I received no call for a few weeks after being back so I went in to the aid station to make one. I was told again, that the PA would call me, which he didn’t. Just this morning however I went in again and made the appointment, it’s been 3 months since we’ve been back and we’ve recently started field training again. For the next 4 weeks we’ll be going in Sunday through Wednesday. My appointment is scheduled for Monday but the commander has been forcing people to cancel or reschedule their appointments if they interfere with training. I asked if they had another day open this week and they told me it wouldn’t be until mid September. I consider this appointment quite important as I’ve had chronic pain for over a year now. Can the commander force me to cancel my appointment?
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