Allergies DQ?

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  1. parkm2071

    parkm2071 Member

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    Would allergies to tree nuts or peanuts be an auto DQ on the DODMERB? If I can keep this information undisclosed, are there many nut products in the dining hall? Would I be able to get away with having a nut allergy in the Air Force Academy?

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  2. falconchic88

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    I hope you are kidding about keeping this information undisclosed. If you have a documented allergy, you need to disclose this on your DODMERB form. Aside from the fact that you run the risk of your nondisclosure being discovered down the line, which will cause immediate removal from the Academy or Active Duty, do you really want to start your USAFA career off by lying? Have you not heard of the cadet honor code?

    That said, It may or may not be an automatic DQ, and it may or may not be waiver-able. The only way to know this is to follow the DODMERB process and give them any and all medical records pertaining to your allergies upon request.
     
  3. Pima

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    I agree that would be a complete and utterly inane idea!
    ~ Let's assume you manage to hide it for three years, you land up going TDY to a squadron for a few weeks over your break. There you decide to eat a handful of combat corn (popcorn) without realizing it is cooked in peanut oil, resulting in a reaction.

    The cat is out of the bag now. You will probably have to go through the waiver process at this point and seeing as you already had a medical reaction in a squadron, chances are going to be slim. You come clean when going through the waiver process and state you knew of your condition prior and hid it.
    ~ What do you think the chances are they will not only disenroll you, but slap you with a bill too?
    ~~ My guess would be high because they have been known to do that to AFROTC scholarship cadets!
     
  4. sheriff3

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    Parkm2071... This is on the entrance of the AFA " we do not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do"... I'm sure your answer is in there somewhere. Now rethink your question and ask it again. This forum has many purposes, advice, support,sharing of experiences etc... If you really want help on the waiver porcess and advice on how to help you through it all then please ask away.
     
  5. parkm2071

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    I'm sorry, I don't know what I was thinking falconchic88, Pima, and sheriff3. Can you help me with this? I am really desperate to get into the USAFA and I didn't know there was a way to actually get in if I have an allergy... what would that be?

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  6. ca2midwestmom

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    You are a high school freshman so you have some time. Get all of your medical records from your doctor. You've already mentioned that you have TWO probable/potential DQ conditions -- nut allergies and eczema. Are you currently being treated for either/both? I don't know that there's much you can do as a freshman as anything can change/happen in the next 2 years before it's time for you to start your application.
     
  7. shellz

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    As the parent of a kid with tree nut allergies, I'm going to ask you to honestly evaluate whether or not you really believe your life is worth this deception? Tree nut ( and peanut, shellfish) allergies are almost always severe. There really aren't mild allergies (TRUE allergies, not just intolerances/makes your tummy hurt type reactions) in this category, and upon subsequent exposures the reactions become increasingly more severe and life threatening. Reading labels is fine, but we've encountered several products, which should have been safe according to the labeling, which threw our kid into an immediate anaphylactic response. Then there is the whole cross-contamination thing, and the fact that people with certain tree nut allergies are also allergic to other foods ( ie, cashews and mangos and latex all have similar compounds which can cause reaction).

    It's been a wild ride with our tree nut kid. I'd never want her in a remote location, away from medical care for any extended periods of time. Too bad, too, because she would have made an incredible officer.
     

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