AROTC scholarship question

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  1. Fengawr

    Fengawr Member

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    I was checking the status of my Army ROTC scholarship and it said that everything needed has been received except for the "Medical" part. What is this medical part of the status? I have never heard of such a thing before today. Thanks!
     
  2. Melitzank

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    Does this just mean you haven`t had your DoDMERB exam yet?
     
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  3. kinnem

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    If they decide to award you a scholarship they will send you to one of their doctors for a complete physical. They have docs all around the country who are certified to do this and are paid by the military. If you pass the physical you're in, If not, you're not... unless you can get AROTC to grant you a waiver. If you're in good health then you needn't worry about it. In any case it's all initiated by AROTC, so you can just sit back and wait, and wait, and wait.

    Good job getting everything done this early! Good luck!
     
  4. Fengawr

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    Thank you! I finished my PT last week and I though I was cutting it close, but luckily everything is in!
     
  5. Goarmymom

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    Also, just know that they may possibly send you for a DoDMERB physical before you've been awarded a scholarship. It doesn't mean you're getting one, but at least it means you're competitive. This happened to my DS, and he did not get awarded a scholarship from the national level, but he did receive one from VMI. So we were so glad the physical was already taken care of. Good luck! It's such a roller coaster ride!
     
  6. Fengawr

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    Did your DS write the optional essay for VMI?
     
  7. Packer

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    Last year my son did write the optional essay. I read "optional" as meaning mandatory if you are really interested.
     
  8. dunninla

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    true, but OP should be aware that what the Army considers "good health" may be different from what most people think of as good health.

    common conditions that can lead to a DQ, and referral to DODMERB waiver process:

    - asthma
    - psychiatric treatment, depending on type, severity, length
    - chronic allergic rhinitis
    - ADD/ADHD severe enough to be treated by medication
    - eczema, depending on severity
    - curved spine (scoliosis), depending on degree of curvature
    - flat feet
    - heart irregularities
    - any continuous, long term use of medications, depending on type
    - overweight or underweight

    That is part of a list of probably 200+ disqualifying conditions, so OP needs to check that list to fully assess the risk of passing the health exam + health questionnaire.
     
  9. Goarmymom

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    Absolutely! If you're really interested in going there, I would consider it mandatory! They get more and more applications every year. I think this past year they received over 2000 applications. Let them know why you want to go to VMI and why it would be a good fit. Good luck!
     
  10. kinnem

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    You should consider every opportunity to write an essay like this a chance to stand out. I cant imagine not doing it, even if it's optional.
     

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