Blood Tests for the Academy?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Finley, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Finley

    Finley New Member

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    I need to submit a complete blood count test along with a thyroid stimulating hormone blood test to ensure that I'm physically prepared for the rigors of the academy. Should I be worried the academy wants me to have those tests done?
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Well, you know your medical background better than us. Since you are asking, I'm guessing this is some sort of DoDMERB remedial? If so, it is probably the result of something in your medical records. If you are a healthy person, hopefully it will not be a big deal.
     
  3. Finley

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    I didn't get the email from DoDMERB though. It came from the Academy. DoDMERB already said I was qualified a long time ago and just the other day the Academy emailed me and told me to get the blood tests done
     
  4. kdc246

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    Did they give you a point of contact at the Academy? I don't recall having to do this for DD who is class of 2014. I haven't seen anything like this for DS who has an appointment for c/o 2016.
    If they gave you a contact, I would call them and find out the information you are seeking from them.
     
  5. Shurstell

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    I received a letter saying the same thing. They said I was under the weight limit for my height and I had to have the same tests done to ensure that I didn't have an eating disorder. I had to prove that I was just a skinny, tall kid with a fast metabolism. :biggrin:
     
  6. Finley

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    Yeah, my email said the exact same thing. So I wasn't sure if they could disqualify me from the blood tests
     
  7. kdc246

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    If you are appointed, during BCT they will probably keep a closer watch on your weight. You will likely be given "Boost" shakes several times a day to compensate for calories you may not have the time to eat. Many new cadets lose weight during BCT, for those with a faster metabolism, it is only compounded. Usual weigh-ins are once a week, I think. They maybe more frequent if you appear to be losing too much weight!
     
  8. Shurstell

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    I've never, in my life, lost weight. I think my only weight concern if I went through BCT would be that I wouldn't GAIN any weight with the high calorie diet and with plenty of exercise. If I didn't gain weight there, then there would be no hope for my skinny butt.
     
  9. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    I'm guessing you never went through basic either...
     
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    I am not arrogant. I know that BCT would be different from anything I have experienced. I am just saying that that would not be my worry. Either way, losing or gaining, I would watch my weight carefully.
     

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