Am I really DoDMERB qualified?

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by Beonks, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Beonks

    Beonks Member

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    Sorry if this has been posted before, I've skimmed through and haven't spotted it, so here goes:

    I recently went through the whole DoDMERB process. I've been (and still am) nervous about my application as I checked yes to two potentially DQ'ing items.

    1) Was a history of headaches. About 5 years ago, I went to my doctor after experiencing headaches (during about a month period). Nothing was diagnosed, he just recommended that I change my diet and perhaps see a chiropractor. As far as I can remember, nothing was prescribed (and if it was, I didn't take it. I refuse to take any type of medication, even aspirin, unless it's my absolute last option). I've read around and heard that headaches/migraines are a DQ if they've occurred within the last 3 years. Since that time, 5 years ago, I have not had any reoccurrence. Should I be concerned about a possible remedial/DQ? I filled out the DoDMETS headache questionnaire already, indicating pretty much everything stated above, and that was included in my original packet sent to the DoD.

    2) I indicated yes for a history of fainting. I occasionally faint when having a needle injected into me, example: giving blood. It's not all the time, but sometimes. When my DoDMERB physician asked, I explained and she wrote down 'vasovagal syncope'. Should I be worried about this as well?

    Lastly, I checked the status of my DoDMERB application today, and it says the following:

    27-SEP-12 Application Added
    27-SEP-12 Date applicant entered into DoDMERB system
    08-NOV-12 Actual date of exam
    16-NOV-12 Date exam reviewed
    16-NOV-12 Date exam received at DoDMERB
    16-NOV-12 Medical data entry

    At the top, it says:
    Agency: US Air Force CSB
    Cycle Year:2012
    Current Medical Status:Qualified

    Does this mean, that despite the two yeses, I've been qualified? Or is everyone termed qualified until the application is reviewed, and then your status changes from qualified? It doesn't say my application was reviewed (just the exam, is that the same thing?), so that makes me think that this isn't a real qualification, and I don't want to get my hopes up too soon.

    I'm an AS250 cadet, heading into FTP and selection next semester. The Air Force is absolutely something I want to do, and would be devastated if I get DQ'd. My det. is pretty large this semester (we gained about 100 more cadets than last semester), and am not certain that they would request a waiver if need be. Also, next week, the Cadre are sending in their nominations for scholarships, which require and approved DoDMERB. So, I hope this 'qualified' status is real, for potential scholarship, and my future in the AF!

    Any insight would be majorly helpful and greatly appreciated. I've been having mini-heart attacks since I started the DoDMERB process. Can't wait until it is completely over (pending, hopefully, good results)!
     
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  2. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    I am unsure about the status that is shown online. If you are qualified, you will receive official notification through the US Mail from DoDMERB letting you know that you are medically qualified for your program.
     
  3. John41057

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    DoDMERB

    Hi
    My DS had no issues of any kind and his says the same thing and he has been accepted to the class of 2017.
    Regards
    John
     
  4. Run5K

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    Hi Beo! If the DODMERB says you're "Qualified", then indeed you are. Congratulations. Keep checking the website. You'll soon see a notation of your official letter going out. Mine arrived just 2 days after the website notation. Look for a thin Christmas card sized envelop with 3 sloped blue stripes. It's actually much better than a Christmas card!
     
  5. Pima

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    I agree you are qualified because not only does it say so on the portal, but you can tell they charged it off already to the source...AF CSB

    As others have stated the online is one way you will be notified, the other is snail mail.

    Just FYI, I am assuming you are not scholarship, because if you were you would be Q'd already. If you have not done so, buy yourself a fireproof safe, a small one will do (the type they sell at Wal-Mart), and place every correspondence you ever get in that for future reference. Paperwork and files can go astray in the giant hole of MPC. You will want it as proof. Plus, these exams are only valid for 2 yrs., so be prepared to take another exam prior to commissioning. If you want to go rated, be prepared to be sent to Wright Pat for a 3 day physical.

    I would also check with your personal doc to see if they will transcribe your records over to a cd-rom. We did this with DS so he always had a copy with him.

    Good luck with the next step...SFT selection.
     
  6. Tigger

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    I agree about saving paperwork! Another way of saving things is to scan it, save it on your computer and also use a service such as dropbox as another backup.

    We have saved everything for my daughter and it makes it so much easier when you need to look something up to know where it is and how to access it quickly:)
     
  7. Beonks

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    Thank you all for the replies! They relieved a lot of worry; I was dreading DoDMERB prior to even going through the process - I've heard the horror stories.
    Added today was "19-NOV-12, Date letter sent - DD2368: Status Letter," so I'll be keeping an eye on the mail until it comes.

    Also, thank you Pima and Tigger for the recommendations. I have a nasty knack for losing paperwork, so I'll most definitely invest in a safe as well as make back-ups on my computer from here on out!

    Glad I can put the DoDMERB behind me! Now if only EAs for SFT would hurry up and be done with, ha!
     
  8. Pima

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    Trust me, you need to get rid of that nasty knack of losing paperwork.

    You need to right now download anything and everything onto paper, because G forbid your computer crashes.

    You need to be proactive with back ups. Hence, why I have also stated go to your doc and have your records, including shots be placed on a CD-ROM.

    We did this for DS, along with ordering a birth certificate for him, that he had at all times in college. Anything that popped up, he had official paperwork the det. would accept. It removes stress for you.
     
  9. thekirks

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    Acceptance Followed Nom?

    John41057: I noticed that your DS received the CA-50 Nom last weekend - did he receive the appoinment immediately after that, or is it based on having received an LOA? Is he a recruited athlete? We also have a nom from CA-50 and I'm wondering if we're into the at-large pool now. Congrats either way!
     

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