AROTC and blood type

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Stemmom, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Stemmom

    Stemmom Member

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    wanted to post this here for class of 2021. My son is heading off to college today at noon and here we are sitting in LabCorp frantically getting blood type testing done. His ROTC scholarship paperwork was just sent to him three days ago and we had no warning that they would need his Blood Type. Since he is only 17 we have never known it - no longer routinely done at birth and too young to donate blood. So anyone who receives an ROTC scholarship try to get that done before you head to school! His doctor even gave us a hard time saying there is no need for this and insurance won't cover. What a pain.
     
  2. txpotato

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    Donate blood; they will type it for you. In addition to being free, you're helping others. Seventeen is NOT too young to donate blood per the Red Cross. They will allow donors to be 16 with parental approval. Know that certain other criteria (weight, lifestyle, travel, etc) must be met prior to donation.
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    That should not have been a show stopper. At least on the Army side. Although the enrollment form (CC form 139r) asks for blood type, I would never hold up someone's contract/scholarship for blood type. Did you contact your Battalion before you went through the trouble of getting the blood typing done?
     
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  4. Stemmom

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    As stated he is too young to have donated by now at school or in our community when classmates would have . :-(
     
  5. Stemmom

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    Yes we were advised to do it now since he is not 18 and might have trouble getting it done there without me signing paperwork or being there and getting off campus to a physician. Even at the lab today I was waiting in the lobby and the nurse came out to get me and said she can't legally draw blood without parent standing right there with him.
     
  6. KeyzCat

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    DS has gone to doctor even ER in DC while interning and he was 15 and 16. Did your son have to have a parent for the Physical? It sounds more like it was that lab and not actually the law. Someone posted in another thread there is a at home typing test you can buy over the counter. Here is one I found on Amazon that is under $7 https://smile.amazon.com/Blood-Type...encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0&ie=UTF8
     
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Wait, why to the ER?
     
  8. Dckc88

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    That is what we used. I would buy two, just in case the first one is confusing, and when you open the kit, it directs you to a video online, watch it first, it is actually very easy but seems overwhelming at first!
     
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  9. KeyzCat

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    He had a cut on his head that was bleeding was pretty funny he had walked to a clinic but it was closed and as he was walking down the street has blood running down his head when he saw a police officer asked if there were any other clinics officer got him a ride to ER. He was 15 but the ER didn't even ask to speak to me on phone. He had his insurance info so I guess that is all they cared about. Why I found it odd that a simple typing test requires a parent standing there but could be the state it happened in.
     
  10. ENwifeArmyMom

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    I agree not knowing blood type is not a show stopper but it is a good piece of information to have a head of time BF you start college. Our DD was asked week 1 of college what her blood type was bc that information was to be included on paperwork pertaining to whatever adeventures she would be included in summer 2017. ( Basic? CULP?) ROO said, you want to go do cool stuff next summer, right? That's the information we need. Easy Pesy, she will go to the lab and get tested. DD did think this was information that her mother should know, bc well doesn't that sound like something mothers know? I did not know her blood type, it simply never came up. She has never been hospialized and we lived in Germany recently so she couldn't give blood. I did my best detective work on her medical records and that info was no where. But all in all a very easy fix and the lesson we learned? Mothers don't know everything :)
     
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