DD 2492 question

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  1. moonpie

    moonpie New Member

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    I have a child interested in the AFA. And I am looking into the future in regards to his physical.

    My question is about reporting on the DD 2492- Report of Medical History.

    He had a learning assessment completed a few years ago by a psycologist to determine his learning styles and find ways to assist him in organizing his schoolwork and maximizing his study time. In this assessment he was "diagnosed" as having ADD.

    He has never received accomodations in the classroom, extended testing time or medication and is performing at a high level.

    He has also worked with a speech therapist to slow his rate of speech, but he does not have a speech impediment such as stuttering or stammering that would be typically classifed as a speech problem.

    I obviously want him to fill out his Report of Medical History form honestly, but it also states on the AFA website to "Use good judgment when listing medical problems. Do not self-diagnose a problem. List the full circumstances, treatment received and age during each episode."

    Therefore, do you think he needs to answer yes to the question: Have you ever had or do you now have:
    71. Learning disabilities or speech problems

    If he answers that question in the affirmative, what paperwork should he bring with him, and if the problem is considered not an issue, does the MD at that time "pass him", or is any question answered in the affirmative automatically kick him to a remedial?

    My second question is in regard to childhood medical records- when do these come into play to be reviewed, if ever? In reading some of the other posts about remedials it seems like very minor childhood notes in medical records come back to haunt candidates, and I really have no idea what is in my child's records.
     
  2. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    The short answer is "yes".

    Yes, he "IS" diagnosed with ADHD. Just because he doesn't take meds doesn't mean he doesn't have the disorder. You will have the opportunity to explain the lack of medication and special accommodations later in the process.
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    I certainly agree with MabryPsyD who is the authority here. JMPO as an NROTC parent and based on my experience on these forums and with other xROTC cadets, the fact that he takes no meds and requires no special accommodation will weigh significantly in his favor. I doubt this will be a major hurdle for him especially since he's doing well academically. Not necessarily easy, but I think he can get past it.
     
  4. Pima

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    I agree with the others. The fact is he has been diagnosed by a medical authority that he has ADD.

    Notice the key wording...do not self diagnose. You are not doing that, he has been medically diagnosed.

    As kinnem stated, what they look for is not just the diagnosis, but meds too. If he has never been prescribed a med in the last 2 yrs., I would not worry so much about it. However, if even 1 prescription in the last 24 months can be a factor.

    As for your other question, it varies. A kidney operation at the age of 8 can be a player. However, typically it is the age of 13 for medical issues.

    I have given this advice to many. Go to your doc now and ask them to scan their records into a pdf. file. Burn it on a CD Rom. AFROTC scholarship should be his plan B. Doing this they can take it to school, and g forbid they need their medical records at school they will have it with them.
    ~~~~ Our DD, non-rotc went to the ER at 2 a.m. in horrendous pain. As they carried her out of her room, she told friends to grab the ROM. The ER Docs were able to open it, and see her entire life medical history, including everything from allergies to meds to shot records.
     
  5. moonpie

    moonpie New Member

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    I appreciate all the feedback. As a former AROTC scholarship receipient and CPT in the Army Nurse Corps in the late 80's it is truly shocking to me how much more complicated and stressful this process has become.

    I do have one more clarification- does a yes answer to any question on the DD2492 automatically cause a disqualification/remedial, or does the examining physcian, at the time of the exam make the determination of whether the yes answer is significant/relevant?

    Also- the assesment is not part of his medical records and in fact the determination of ADD (not ADHD) was more of an aside in the summary portion of his testing. My son might not even be aware of his diagnosis as we really only discussed the findings of his learning style and suggested methods of study habits with him- so I am still in a quandry about over reporting something. In some ways I am sick to my stomach that having him meet with this learning specialist might cause him to become disqualifed. Thoughts?
     
  6. soccmomer

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    I would check to see what is written in the file. If nothing is written, and nothing was prescribed, then he was not diagnosed officially.
    Also, just went through DoDMERB with my DS. We had many yes answers, most significant for concussion and sprained ankle and orthotics. This triggered special questions about the orthotics and the head injuries. The only thing he ever had for the head was rest - no meds. I was totally expecting remedials for something, but see that today on the DoDMERB site, he is Qualified! So, answering yes, and then explaining on the supplemental form, may be all you need.
     
  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    If the assessment lists ADD as a ddx, then he wasn't diagnosed. However DODMERB could ask why you didn't follow up or why the ddx was ignored. If his records show a dx of ADD with no meds, no special accommodations, or loss in academic performance; then there shouldn't be cause for alarm.
     
  8. Pima

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    moonpie,

    I agree with others, the records will show you the way regarding how to address this question.

    If he has had no meds, and maintained strong grades, I really would not lose any sleep over it.
     
  9. moonpie

    moonpie New Member

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    Thanks, all- I feel better about the whole subject.
     

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