So, I spoke with the Army rep this morning.
I won't be enlisting. There are a lot of medical conditions that preclude enlistment, and I happen to have a couple of them listed in my medical records. Yeah, they give waivers for stuff, but the likelihood of my getting a waiver is slim to none - mainly because I've had my spine fused. The Army doesn't want people with spinal fusions, no matter how well rehabbed they are. I also have arthritis in my shoulder, and the Army doesn't like that either.
So, there ends that dream for me.
I'm ok with it, though. I wasn't putting all my eggs in one basket; I had a plan B and I'll be putting that plan B into effect shortly.
I'm applying to attend the Fire Science class at the same college I did my EMT classes at. I'm looking at starting this fall, and this spring I'm looking to join a volunteer FD in my area.
I'm still going to run 5k races and hopefully a 10k later this year, and I'm still going to focus on getting stronger and healthier. That was going to happen regardless of whether I enlisted or not.
This isn't an end for me, this is just the start of a new path.