"Agencies" on DoDMERB dashboard - qualification indicator?

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by ForGod&Country, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. ForGod&Country

    ForGod&Country Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    65
    Likes Received:
    31
    Hi Everyone,

    We were looking at the DoDMERB portal dashboard and noticed that even though our DD has applied to 3 SAs (USNA, USCGA and USMMA) and the NROTC only 1 SA (USNA) is listed as an "agency" requesting the medical review. Our DD has completed all the applications and optional activities (e.g. USCGA interview, etc.) and has packets scheduled for admissions board reviews. Feedback from those closely connected with each academy has been positive about our DD's qualifications for each academy.

    Reliable sources close to the DoDMERB process tell us that

    1. SAs' will only request medical if they consider the candidate viable for an appointment.
    2. ROTC won't show up on the dashboard as requesting medical until they offer a scholarship.

    From what we remember, USNA will automatically initiate the DoDMERB request after 1/2 of the application is completed. It's not clear about the other SAs. Our concern is that a lack of a request for medical by an "agency" may be an indicator that our DD is NOT a viable candidate in the eyes of the academy admissions teams. We would be interested in any additional insights into these observations and the SAs'/ROTC programs' request for medical/candidate viability relationship.

    Thanks Everyone!
     
  2. Falcon A

    Falcon A Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2014
    Messages:
    592
    Likes Received:
    601
    I do not have direct experience with the 3 SA's you listed, but our experience from last year with USAFA and USMA is that they both initiated the medical review process with DoDMERB once enough of the SA application package was completed. If you are then DQ'd by DoDMERB, then the situation becomes as you described. USMA and USAFA only initiate a review for a medical waiver on a candidate that they want to offer an appointment. Being otherwise "qualified" or "competitive" no longer seems to be enough for them to initiate a waiver review.

    As you described is my memory from last year. The ROTC should show up on your portal once they initiate a medical review. Sometimes it can be an early indicator you have received a ROTC scholarship. ;) Then if you are/have been DQ'd by DoDMERB you go through the medical waiver process with the appropriate ROTC medical authority.
     
  3. ForGod&Country

    ForGod&Country Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    65
    Likes Received:
    31
    Thanks for the reply. This makes sense and I applaud the responsible use of resources by the academies. It doesn't mean that DD is out of the running... It's a key indicator of where DD is in the minds of the academies/ROTC.
     

Share This Page