Can a waiver ever be given for Strabismus? (lazy eye) Has it ever been done?

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  1. dkdino

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    Hi, I applied to all the service academies. Rejected to all. I also got a Johns Hopkins 4-year scholarship for ROTC which I am grateful for but will not choose. In the end, I believe it was that I had mediocre SAT 1390 combined and no waiver for my only dq-lazy eye or when one of the eye wanders.

    My condition rarely shows. I have tried to countlessly prove that this has not been a problem when my doctor sent a letter to Dod. I do feel hopeless that maybe this problem will inhibit me from getting accepted to any service academies/prep schools. I just want to know if a waiver for lazy eye is possible. If it is, I'm already a happy man to apply again! I'll just work on my SATs again; be aggressive with the dates for the apps for USNA, USMA, etc.

    If you would like to know more info about my grades, condition, etc. feel free. This is my first post.
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Why not take it? If the Academy is your ultimate goal you can still try to apply again, and who knows you may find you like the ROTC route better.

    One would think I would know this definitively since that's what I do, but I don't. What I can say is that I bet there's someone out there who has received a waiver for it. I'm not sure if ROTC looked at your medical prior to offering the scholarship, but if so and you still were offered then that's a good sign.
     
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    Well, if you received a ROTC scholarship than your condition was waived. Each commissioning source does their own waivers, but they can't be too far off from each other.

    If you are from MD, PM me. I can give you some feedback as a MD FFR.
     
  4. dkdino

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    It is a conditional one. I still have to meet the medical qualification.
     
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    My condition is holding me back according to my BGO and the other counselors for the service academies. Is there a way I can prove that this will not hinder my performance? I wear prisms but they just help me focus just like reading glasses. I don't need them-I looked at the dod guideline and even a show of lazy eye is considered a dq. I know some people at the Naval Academy who do have lazy eye. They must have been very smart to receive the waivers.
     
  6. dkdino

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    How do I PM? I am indeed from MD 3rd district. I have visited Naval Academy many times because I live so close.

    I got nominations only from USMA and USAFA. Feel like waiver was a problem as the Medical Counselor for waivers told me that I would not have a chance this cycle.

    I will instead not do ROTC but do volunteering, intern for Congressmen Sarbanes, etc. I've always wanted to be committed to the Navy so I am bent on NROTC. However I did not do NROTC app because I did not apply to 5 schools. Only 3. Plus there is no school in MD with NROTC and I want to be instate for now since I got rejected by all service academies.

    The school I will go to is most likely UMBC because it will have a NROTC unit (the first one in MD) in 2016.
     
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    Upper right corner, "Private Conversation."

    Not going to try to convince you not go for Navy. However, I will recommend to you that keep your options open. Simple question, is NROTC at UMBC and becoming Naval Officer is better than attending USMA or USAFA and becoming an Army or Air Force officer?

    Y
     
  8. dkdino

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    I am looking on the long run. I have very close friends in the Navy. I have considered all options but on the long-term, the Navy is the most ideal because it offers marines, surface, submarine, buds/seals, etc.

    The competition in my district/state is real for the Navy. That is why I most likely received nominations for the other academies. But with that in mind, I'll reapply until I'm at least a junior in college.
     
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    Well, I served on MD03 nomination panel twice and currently serve on my Congressman's nomination panel. So I have seen plenty of Navy or bust applicants. So far I have heard only acceptable answer once when I asked "Are you telling me that the only way you will serve your country in the military is if you attend the Naval Academy?" Your rational for picking Navy is not convincing. Attending a SA is about becoming a military officer and becoming a leader, not getting a certain job that's secondary, not primary. If you attend a SA, you will make life long friends. Whatever you could do in the Marines, you can do in the Army. Hope you don't get sea sick or don't like confined spaces. You can reapply many times as you want, but if you don't improve your credentials you are just wasting your time.
     

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