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    Is Hendricks active in the Army or reserve? What are his commitments to Uncle Sam? Also, do he and Chelimo have the same arrangement?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    Is Hendricks active in the Army or reserve? What are his commitments to Uncle Sam? Also, do he and Chelimo have the same arrangement?
    Sam is reserve. I don't know his exact commitments, but he has been very happy with the arrangement any time I have asked him.

    I believe Chelimo is part of the WCAP program.

    Sam is not. He looked into it and it didn't make sense for his situation.

    I have no idea about contractual obligations and such, but Sam is definitely in the reserves because he loves the Army and loves this country, not out of necessity.

    Between when he started college to now, I'm guessing he had opportunities to leave the program but chose to stay in.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by polevaultpower View Post
    Sam is reserve. I don't know his exact commitments, but he has been very happy with the arrangement any time I have asked him.
    So now I'm wondering how he gets his one-weekend-a-month requirement in; he seems to compete all the time!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    So now I'm wondering how he gets his one-weekend-a-month requirement in; he seems to compete all the time!
    I believe they have a more flexible arrangement worked out, I don't think he has to fly back from Europe for that weekend or anything like that.

    Remember a few years ago Sam had no formal fall training, he spent the entire fall with his... troop? (I don't know Army lingo) He had only jumped a handful of times before Indoor USAs, won that, and went on to win every meet that year.

    Whatever he has worked out with the Army, it is a good deal for them, he represents them very well.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by polevaultpower View Post
    I believe they have a more flexible arrangement worked out. . . . Whatever he has worked out with the Army, it is a good deal for them, he represents them very well.
    That's the bottom line. He is not a 'normal' reservist, so I'm sure he's got a very 'flexible' (wink, wink) service schedule. He owes the USAR 38 days a year, and it may all come when the season is over and may include training for the PV.
    As you say, the Army is getting a good deal also, esp. when he stopped his approach to salute during the Nat'l Anthem this year!
     

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    the Army is getting a good deal also, esp. when he stopped his approach to salute during the Nat'l Anthem this year!
    Wouldn't that be expected for an athlete who wasn't in the Army?
     

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    Simply showing respect, and NOT showing disdain and contempt for your country/flag is a great start to an athletic career. I tip my Massachusetts hat and salute the Mississippi boy.
    Last edited by user4; 10-21-2019 at 02:01 PM.
     

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    user4 - you must think like all of us. You must think like all of us. You must think like all of us. You must...
    You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!
     

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    My son was in HS during Wottle's glory days. He tried to emulate Wottle in every way: performance, straggly hair, wispy mustache and painters cap...
    I never took Wottles failure to remove his cap as anything but youthful unawareness of time and place with no underlying message. I don't even recall any criticism at the time.... just amusement, he was a kid who just won an Olympic gold medal..
     

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    and that's enough of that
     

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