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  1. Positivity

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    So last night I checked the DoDMERB site and it says I have been disqulified for history of anxiety disorder which I think is total nonsense. I took an antidepressant 2 years ago for 3 months and now my mental stability is somehow now deemed inadequate? My question is this: what is the best way about getting a medical waiver? Should I go to a psychiatrist and have him/her clear me of any problems, get people to write letters on my behalf, or write someone in the process itself? It was like a punch to the gut, as this has been my dream for years and I don't want to let go until I know there's nothing I can do. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Jon
     
  2. Daaltaraan

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    I was also DQ'ed today for a history of nephritis. This comes from when I had a kidney infection when I was 10 years old. I have never had any repeating issues. So my question is what are my chances of being Waived? I have a LOE if that means anything in the waiver process. Also, I have my first interview tomorrow. Lots of stuff happening. Should I contact anybody, or is this an automatic process? Thanks for the info.
     
  3. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    Disappointing news for both of you. The Department of Defense has to process a lot of people every year so assume good faith on the DoD's part.

    Still, it doesn't change that you were disqualified and I understand that you are frustrated.

    If you are competitive for admission, the service academy or ROTC program that you are interested in may have a waiver evaluation conducted by their physicians. For USMA, they are at West Point. Again, this is up to the program to determine, not the candidate.

    I would reach out to your Regional Admissions officer to ask them their advice in the process.
     
  4. Kram1

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    I have recently been told that with he looming cutbacks in most all branches of the service that competition for Academy spots (all Academies) will be tough and that with the increased applicant pool from which the service academies will have to choose, many of those who in the past would have received a medical waiver may not be so fortunate this time. Was told that the service academies will have their "pick of the litter" as they always do, but that the litter will be narrowed.

    Has anyone else heard this? Not trying to be a downer here, and I wish everyone the very best, but please, as was posted earlier here, keep your options open and do not "assume" anything. Press for the waiver...don't just assume it was a "final". But, you may have to work harder than in the past to help secure that waiver, and just be prepared that it may not happen.

    Good luck to all.
     
  5. Dad

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    Concur with GoArmyBeatNavy and Kram1. Also, make sure that your plans B and C are fully underway. With this economy it may be more difficult to secure a waiver. Waivers are also dependent upon the DQ condition as well as the candidate's application package. That is, a candidate with 36 ACT score and 4-year captain of 4 time state champion XXX team who has 2000 hours of various community service hours and leadership positions in 5 different clubs is more likely to receive a waiver than a candidate with the identical DQ with only a 28 ACT and 5 hours community service an no sports/scouting/TKD/JrROTC/CAP experience. Also, waivers for amputees are less frequent than waivers for a mild nut allergy.

    Best wishes for a waiver. :thumb:
     
  6. Daaltaraan

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    It's been well over two months since I was notified that USMA requested a waiver (Oct. 26). Since then I have received 3 nominations including a principal nomination but still no word on my medical status. I tried to message my admissions team but I have not heard from them in quite a few weeks. Is there anything I can do to check my status such as asking my FFR or do I just need to keep refreshing the Portal to check my status?

    Also, is it unusual for waiver processes to last the entire 90 day period? It seems strange that Mr. Mullen contacted me in November with a few questions WP had concerning my waiver. I assumed that meant they were in the process of reviewing my medical history but I have heard nothing since. I am just trying to wait it out but my nerves are beginning to fray...
     
  7. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    If you have tried to contact the admissions team and heard nothing, I recommend that you reach out to the congressional office that gave you the principle nomination and ask them for some assistance. Be cordial and and polite and be the same with West Point, but a few weeks is too long to not hear anything. Try your local office first.
     

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