Application Question regarding medical concern

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  1. HeyClaire

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    My son has submitted his application to the Naval Academy. Everything is complete except for the nomination. He is medically qualified. Here is the question...

    A week ago, my son injured his knee while playing catch with a football. He received his MRI results today and he was diagnosed with a crack in one of his knee bones. The doctor and his trainers said that this was the best scenario for him - it wasn't a torn ACL or minicus (both which would require surgery) - it was a knee jam that cracked the bone. The path to recovery is time - He needs to be on crutches for the next 6 weeks and if the bone is healed, then it is just a matter of strengthening the leg as it will become weak during the next month or so. The doctor said that he will able to play basketball in early December.

    Does my son need to notify the Naval Academy regarding his injury? I am not quite sure what the rules are regarding this process. Since he was already medically qualified and this injury will heal within the next 3 months, is it still necessary to notify anyone?? And if so, what is the correct manner in which he should proceed and what will the Academy tell my son to do with regards to this situation? He just wants to do the right the thing as USNA is his first choice!
     
  2. Telur

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    Yes, if I were in your position I would definitely notify the Academy as it's part of their honor code "They tell the truth and ensure the full truth is known". I'm just a candidate but I would get in contact and notify your regional director as soon as you can.
     
  3. WBK

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    Also, I believe that you are specifically told to inform dodmerb of any injuries after you're found medically qualified. If they look at your records later on and find you did not tell them about this...well, I'm not sure what would happen, but it likely wouldn't be good.
     
  4. WBK

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    Basically, if record of an injury or illness is on paper anywhere, as a practical matter you need to report it, is my understanding.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    He should inform Dodmerb. I suggest you go to the Dodmerb forum and find Larry Mullen's contact information and contact him.
     
  6. HeyClaire

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    Thanks, Just A Mom.

    I will contact Larry Mullen.
     
  7. Just_A_Mom

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    Actually - you should probably have your son do it. It's his application, his knee.
    Dodmerb probably sent him instructions on what to do if he has a change to his medical condition.
    Here's wishing a quick and full recovery - Good Luck!
     
  8. HeyClaire

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    Of course - My son will contact the appropriate people and follow up on everything. I'm just feeling a little bit anxious...!

    Thanks again!
     
  9. Memphis9489

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    It may very well be a good idea to inform the academy, but it certainly has nothing to do with the Honor "Code."

    If it were me - I would address the issue once I had an APPOINTMENT in hand.
     
  10. jennyp

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    I believe candidates found to be medically qualified are instructed to notify DoDMERB when any illness, injury occurs. DO NOT wait until you have appointment in hand! While candidates are not bound by the academy's honor code, they are to follow instructions!
     
  11. PositiveThinking

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    Have your son look on the back of the letter he received from DoDMERB saying he was qualified. It gives instructions on what to do. :thumb:
     

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