Can I please recieve some advice?

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  1. usna?

    usna? New Member

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    When I was 8 years old and playing popwarner football I had some minor seasonal allergies. My mother took me to my pediatrician and basically explained my symptoms and my pediatrician diagnosed me with reactive airway disease. I used an inhaler for about a month for the rest of the season and then completely stopped after that. Since then I have never touched one for sports and such and have lived a completely active lifestyle without the use of any medicine. I just recently asked my pediatrician about it many years later and he told me I never really had anything wrong with me and it is"water under the bridge"-no big deal, he said my allergies just probably spiked up that year. There is nothing on the dodmerbs medical history form about reactive airway disease and only deals with asthma and weezing. Am I okay if i don't disclose this information:confused:
     
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  2. USAF463

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    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/613003p.pdf

    DoD Directive 6130.03

    Page 11

    d. Airway hyper responsiveness including asthma (493.xx), reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm (519.11) or asthmatic bronchitis (493.90), reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after the 13th birthday.

    If reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after 13th birthday, then there is a problem.

    You should be OK.
     
  3. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    In my humble opinion, you should still put the information down. They want to know your whole medical history so that they can evaluate it. Based on what USAF463 quoted you should be cleared, but you wouldn't want to risk the chance of getting in trouble later on because you didn't follow the procedure thoroughly. I mean, he cited last year's qualifications. Who knows, maybe they have changed the age in their newest revision. I doubt they did, but you have to consider the consequences of not giving them a complete medical record.
     
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  4. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    Agree. Put everything down. Even if it's a DQ, it looks like it'll be an easy waiver if you haven't had any problems whatsoever since that one time when you were eight.
     
  5. OBXmom

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    You asked for advice, here's mine: on this topic, only take your advice from DODMERB personnel.
    I haven't kept up with this thread since my son's application days are a couple years behind me, but back then you could post a question here and a deputy director of DODMERB would respond within 24 hours. Search some other posts in the thread and see how it works now.
    Candidates, please be careful of the advice you give, and the advice you receive on these forums. If you read the forum rules, you will see that responders are encouraged to cite the document that contains the official information your answer is based on (as the previous poster did on this thread.) There is a reason for this! Things you do now at this stage in your application can have far reaching and irreversible effects on you! Be mindful of who you take your advice from.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    First, answer all questions on the DODMERB forum honestly.

    Second, if in doubt, contact DODMERB. They don't bite.:smile: Even though Larry Mullen no longer frequents these boards, there is a "hotline" for candidates to receive answers. USE IT!

    Third, what happened to another person really has no relevance to your situation. Folks here can provide general guidance (for example, for USNA someone with no allergy issues after age 13 typically will be OK on this issue) but no one on these boards knows all of your medical history/information so any guidance is merely general in nature and may or may not apply to your specific situation.

    Fourth, medical issues are probably the most gut-wrenching. However, please understand that DODMERB and the services are trying to ensure they admit people who can do the full range of things in the military. You can be "perfectly healthy" for 99% of things in life and not be qualified for the military.

    In the OP's case, things SHOULD be ok. However, I strongly suggest you follow up with DODMERB if you have questions about what to put down and how it will be viewed so that you don't inadvertently make an error that has far-reaching consequences.
     

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