Asthma the Assasin

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  1. Gcokeley

    Gcokeley Cadet

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    Asthma pretty much demolished my college application process:

    Waver Denials:
    USNA
    USMA
    AROTC
    NROTC Marine

    However I got into VMI and The Citadel medically and academically

    Ill be attending The Citadel next year. What can I do to get a 3.5 year scholarship or possibly get cleared at the Service academies? That out of state tuition is STEEP.
    Thanks,

    Hampton Cokeley
     
  2. MullenLE

    MullenLE Member

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    Hampton - You certainly may reapply:thumb:
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I'm a bit confused here -- can someone help? It's my understanding that Citadel and VMI don't require that you enter the military upon graduation. Thus, if you are cleared medically for one of those schools, does that have anything to do with whether you can access the military upon graduation from a medical perspective?

    IOW rom a medical military accession standpoint, is being admitted to Citadel or VMI (non ROTC for both) any different than being admitted to the University of [name the state]?
     
  4. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    I didn't know there was a medical qualification need for VMI or Citadel.

    Is it a "DODMERB-like" examination?

    :confused:
     
  5. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    It's pretty "DODMERB-like"- although for some arcane reason you can't use your DoD physical - you have to go have the same physical performed again by your civilian doctor even though it's virtually identical (Go figure that one out!!). Below is from the VMI web site: http://www.vmi.edu/admissions.aspx?id=224&rsm=7115

    "If a Conditional Appointment is offered on the basis of academic credentials, he or she must be approved medically to complete the reservation process and enroll. Cadet life is a rigorous four years of mental and physical challenges. Cadets must fully participate in all required activities including the intense fourth-class year, Institute and ROTC physical fitness tests, and mandatory physical education and ROTC courses.

    The Institute uses the Department of Defense (DoDMERB) Standards (DoD Directive 6130.3 & DoD Instruction 6130.4 as a basic admission standard).

    Prospective cadets who are denied admission on medical grounds may request a waiver by writing the Director of Admissions. The Post Physician will review the appeal, seek assistance from other medical specialists when appropriate, and make a recommendation to the Superintendent. The Superintendent's decision will be final."

    The granting of a medical waiver does not guarantee that a cadet will be eligible for commissioning. Only the ROTC departments can determine eligibility for commissioning. Any questionable medical condition should be directed to the appropriate ROTC department.

    Specific requirements for accepted applicants can be found in the Specific Medical Requirements Forms.

    Applicants are advised that failure to report previously existing medical disabilities will be grounds for termination of their cadetship with forfeiture of appropriate tuition and fees. Cadets who become unable to participate fully in all aspects of cadet life will be evaluated for retention by the Individual Privileges Committee on an individual basis."
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    So, this gets you into the Citadel/VMI but not into the military. My guess (I'm sure Larry can confirm) is that it's basically the same physical but potentially different standards.

    VMI/Citadel just want to ensure you can complete their programs. The military must make sure you can be commissioned. Thus, it sounds as if being accepted medically for VMI/Citadel has nothing to do with whether you will be able to go into the military.
     
  7. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Right- the standards are pretty much the same- but a waiver to get into VMI won't be a waiver for the military- they are independent of each other.
     
  8. MullenLE

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    Correct. The Senior Military Colleges are not associated with the US Military; only their ROTC programs are. Different standards and different exams.:thumb:
     

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