Asthma Waivers

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  1. SummitSkier

    SummitSkier Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I am currently a sophomore in high school and I have my heart set on attending the USAFA. My one problem so far is my asthma history. I had pretty bad asthma as a baby and a young kid. But that died off when I was in 5th or 6th grade. Still only 11 or 12. I know that DODMERB's policy on asthma states that no asthma history past the age of 13 will be admitted. So I am not too worried about all that. My main problem is that early this year I received a prescription for albuterol from my doctor because I had just moved up to Breckenridge, CO (96000 ft) and was having trouble acclimating while jumping right in to football. Now i realized this is a big problem. I ended up not even using the inhaler and i now realize what a stupid mistake it was to get it.
    I have heard of lots of candidates receiving waivers for having similar problems to mine. I am fairly confident I can pass the pulmonary tests as my asthma always took place in the form of coughing (never wheezing) and because I have been asymptomatic for quite a while now. What do you think is the chance of me receiving a waiver for the DQ i know is coming?
     
  2. SnerdlyBosco

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    Cal

    I can't begin to answer your question. But I will share the advice I got from a phone call to DoDMERB about a year ago with a very similar question about an all-but-certain DQ and hopes for a waiver.

    I was told that there is only ONE type of case that is ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN to get NO waiver: that's the one that never makes it to DoDMERB because the candidate failed to apply.

    Start the process. Anticipate the initial DQ. Then do everything that's asked of you in the form of remedials for waiver consideration.

    You might not end up with the answer you want, but you'll have a better chance than the case that's never considered...
     

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