AROTC Waiver Denied... next steps?

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  1. kcdale99

    kcdale99 Member

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    Just about one year ago, after my son was awarded a 3yr AD AROTC scholarship, he had an ear ache.

    I turned out that he had a 'pot hole' type problem in his ear canal right next to the ear drum. This was repaired surgically in April, and he has been going to many doctors appointments ect while it heals.

    He had his final appointment in December, and all the paperwork has been sent in. According to his Doctor he has 0 hearing loss (has had several hearing tests), and his hearing is 100%. The problem is fixed and in the doctor's opinion will not return. He has no restrictions at all. He participated in ROTC for his first semester without any restrictions, and is participating this semester also.

    The DODMERB site just updated to day with AROTC Waiver Denied. Can anyone give any guidance on where to go from here? Is this the end of the road or can he appeal that decision in any way?
     
  2. sheriff3

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    Sorry to learn of your denial. You may have an uphill battle but here is what I would do.
    1) Have DS talk with his cadre and let them know about the denial. I would not assume they have been informed as of yet. Ask their guidance and help in the matter.
    2) If not contradictory to their guidance DS should contact cadet command directly and express his desire to appeal the denial. The folks at CC are very professional, nice and helpful. They will be able to walk you through the process better than anybody.
    3) Start to gather ALL pertinent medical records and be prepared to send in the format requested (fax, e-mail, CD).
    4) Try to seek out an experienced/retired Army/military doctor to examine DS. These folks know the regs inside and out and that experience can be very helpful.
    5) Lastly, if you google DoDMERB you will find a consultant that may be of some assistance in this matter.

    Best of luck :thumb:
     
  3. kcdale99

    kcdale99 Member

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    Thanks Sheriff3

    I spoke with a DODMERB consultant today and we are moving forward with that route.

    If becoming an officer was easy everyone would do it. My son isn't done fighting yet.
     
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  4. kcdale99

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    Its been 18 long months.. surgery, denials, consultants, 2nd opinions, and even a push from his unit, and my son has finally received a waiver!

    I want to thank everyone who has offered guidance and advice both publicly and privately.
     
  5. Jcc123

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    Great news for your son!
     
  6. aglages

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    Congrats to you and your son! :thumb:
     
  7. sheriff3

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    WOOO HOOO, VERY GLAD TO HEAR !!!
    :jump1:
     
  8. kcdale99

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    Thanks Sheriff3... Your advice to talk to 'Glenn' was the best advice we where given. He was able to communicate the situation perfectly and knew exactly the right approach. I advise anyone having DODMERB issues to call him as soon as possible.

    He heard from his unit this morning, they want his contracting packet immediately so it looks like he may get signed and sworn before the semester starts!
     

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