ADD disqualification

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  1. nelson

    nelson Member

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    I applied to west point last year but was medically dq-ed because i took concerta, a drug for ADD, until sept of my senior year. i decided to reapply this year but i've already been dq-ed even though west point's website says its not disqualifying as long as you have been off the medication for a year before R-DAY. What do I do since this is clearly not consistent with the rules?
     
  2. Blackbird

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    DoDMERB are the only people that can answer your questions on being DQed at this point and specifically Larry Mullen is the man that will answer your questions. He will respond to your email within 24 hours. His contact info is all over the DoDMERB forum. Send your full name and last 4 digits of your SSN.
     
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    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=19764

     
  4. Just_A_Mom

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    nelson - Yep, give Dodmerb a call. You may have to submit records and plan on writing a letter to Dodmerb noting when you stopped taking the medication and how it has or has not affected you. If you did exceptionally well academically in your senior year, despite having been off the medication please note that as well.
    Good luck this year!
     
  5. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    ADHD DODI

    Here is the Department of Defense Instruction that references ADHD:

    28. LEARNING, PSYCHIATRIC, AND BEHAVIORAL
    a. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (314) UNLESS the following criteria
    are met:
    (1) The applicant has not required an Individualized Education Program or work
    accommodations since the age of 14.
    (2) There is no history of comorbid mental disorders.
    (3) The applicant has never taken more than a single daily dosage of medication or has
    not been prescribed medication for this condition for more than 24 cumulative months after the
    age of 14.
    (4) During periods off of medication after the age of 14, the applicant has been able to
    maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average without accommodations.
    (5) Documentation from the applicant’s prescribing provider that continued medication
    is not required for acceptable occupational or work performance.
    41 ENCLOSURE 4 DoDI 6130.03, April 28, 2010
    (6) Applicant is required to enter service and pass Service-specific training periods with
    no prescribed medication for ADHD.

    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/613003p.pdf

    #3 and #6 might be in play here.

    If you used the medication for over 2 years after age 14, you were probably DQd for this, but, if your are a good candidate for admission, West Point could ask for a waiver evaluation.
     

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