A few concerns

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  1. aaronv

    aaronv New Member

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    So, I'm about to start AROTC in August and I am currently on Adderall. Now I use it as an aid, but I was already going to stop taking them. I don't feel they are necessary. To make a long story short I got to college in 2012 for two semesters and was struggling. I went to the doctor because I had a headache and the doctor went a little overboard. First I was prescribed florect for my headaches. I only filled it once and barely use it. Then he had me go to a counselor who prescribed adderall for ADD. I used it and it helped a little with the focus, but the main issue was that I was not motivated at that time. I didn't do any better with the adderall. Then in the summer of 2012 I was prescribed clonezapam for generalized anxiety disorder. I thought that was a joke and only filled it once. So after that I went on a service mission to Mexico for two. During that time I did not take any medications whatsoever. When I got home I started the summer semester and without a solid reason not to, I started taking adderall as an aid. Right now I am a 4.0 student, and if anything I feel like the adderall is having negative affects on my ability to preform. (hence the reason I was going to drop it anyways) I transferred from my first school and only 7 credits came over, so I am still a freshman until next year. I haven't committed, but I would like to next fall. I was wondering if I would have any issues with these "history of" on the DoDMERB. Thanks.
     
  2. Falcon A

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    aaronv -- I am not a doctor, and every medical case and situation is different, but it appears there will most likely be an issue with DoDMERB

    Here is the link to the DoD reg that DoDMERB will use to decide whether a candidate is qualified or "DQ": http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/613003p.pdf Pages 46 & 47 appear applicable to your situation.

    Also, here is a link to a letter from the Army ROTC Command Surgeon last year describing unwaiverable conditions for Army ROTC: http://www.jmu.edu/rotc/prospective-cadets/Non-waiverable medical conditions.pdf Item "e." appears applicable to your situation.

    You should probably discuss with your doctor/family your desire to apply to Army ROTC.
     
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  3. Pima

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    If memory serves me correctly, you cannot contract until you have maintained the same grades AND off any ADD/ADHD prescriptions for 1 year.

    As far as your DoDMERB exam. It will not be required to have an exam until you contract. I am not positive about AROTC, but for AFROTC, if you are not scholarship, you will not contract until you are a POC (junior year). Hence, for you if you did get approval from a doctor to stop the medication, and maintain your cgpa, you should be fine since it will be more than 1 year.

    Again talk to a doctor before you decide anything.
     
  4. wisbang35

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    Thanks Falcon A for the letter from the Command Surgeon! My son has four of those conditions: diagnosed with asthma as a toddler, outgrown it, correctable vision, surgically removed undescended testicle at age one, and after a couple of months taking medicine for headaches, he no longer has them. I'm sure he will need remedials, but I feel confident that we can get through it!
     

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