DoDMERB Consultants

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  1. AC11

    AC11 Member

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    Has anyone ever heard of this company, DoDMERB Consultants? A friend showed me their website the other day and I was wondering if it was legitimate. They claim to help advise you through the medical examination process. If anyone has any information they could share, or has heard of this company at all, that would be great.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. sheriff3

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    AC11, the company is run by the former director of DoDMERB. His name is Glenn and he is very personable and knowledgable. I had some interaction with him on some issues with DS waiver. I found him to be helpful. In the spirit of full discloser it is my understanding his consulting firm is for profit. Feel free to PM me with any questions. :thumb:
     
  3. Pima

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    I am sure if the candidate has a very unique medical issue that there MAY BE a need to go that route, but since you found this site, I am not sure it would be worth the cost. Caveat if it is a fee based service.

    The majority of people here can explain the system, and unless they can assure you that by employing them you will be guaranteed a waiver, or jump to the front of the line, I don't see the benefit.

    I quickly checked the website out and even there that are addressing the same issues that are discussed here....asthma, ADHD, vision deficiencies, operations, etc. A quick search here can give you guidance just a quick without costing a penny.

    Is there a medical issue that you know of already which makes you consider hiring them?

    Finally, in the past few yrs the SAs have been delaying the exam until the candidate is considered competitive due to the cost associated with giving the exam. Many will not take the exam for 3-6 more months from today. Some(ROTC candidates) will never be offered the exam because they are not offered a scholarship. If you hire them now, it could be for nothing in the long run.
     
  4. sheriff3

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    +1 PIMA, my advice is to throw out on to the forum your DoDMERB question. Most likely it has been addressed her previously. Good luck:thumb:
     
  5. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    I have a feeling a medical question can be fielded without paying a third party agency for their advice.
     
  6. Pima

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    +1.

    Not only that, but DoDMERB has a help desk to walk candidates through. Additionally, for SA candidates, one of the greatest resources are your Liaison officer...AF calls them ALO's, Navy calls them BGO, Army I believe it is MALO (???).

    More importantly, I don't think they can talk to anyone on your behalf due to privacy issues. Once a candidate turns 18, not even their parent can gain access, regardless if this person is still in HS. It is private.

    They maybe able to tell their GP how to write the response, but the help desk probably could also tell them what the key words they are looking for.

    I am curious, if they charge money, how much do they charge for their service. College app fees are not cheap. Apply to 7 colleges as plan B, take the SAT and ACT every month from Sept-Dec., the tally the candidate could be looking at close to 750 bucks just for plan B, add in the fee; and that is a lot of money going out the door over a short period of time.

    Personally, I would only walk down this path for something incredibly unique. Honestly, I can't think of one since this site has seen everything from kidney operations, LAZIK surgery, sports injuries, depression meds, accutane for acne to wisdom teeth.

    As a long time poster, I just can't fathom a reason to pay if you found this website. I can fathom it if you don't of this site's existence. For the OP, JMPO, don't pay any fee. Than again, I am also someone that doesn't believe in college consultants either when it comes to the SA or ROTC scholarship purposes.
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    BGOs (and I assume ALOs, etc.) are told NOT to discuss a candidate's medical issues, for privacy reasons. We can provide general guidance about the types of conditions that are unlikely to be waived but that's about it.

    DODMERB has a help desk that is supposed to be quite good in assisting candidates through the process. It's the official source and is free of charge.:thumb:
     
  8. Pima

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    Clarification.

    What I meant to say is they have seen DoDMERB issues and understand that the waiver process is case by case, via experience they know that the medical issue can be harder for one DQ than another.

    I did not mean to imply anything more than that. They can be a great sounding board in this process.
     
  9. belle

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    DoDMerb Consultants were very valuable for me, and well worth the fee. :smile: Considering the amount of energy, sweat, and tears that families go through now to help their son or daughter achieve their dreams – it makes sense to seek the best resources. We have ZERO regrets in using their services and advice. It was peace of mind.:thumb:

    I agree, that this service academy forum has been helpful in getting acclimated with the military thinking, processing, etc. I am thankful for everyone's insights. But we thought our circumstances were a bit different from anything discussed in the forum, and we needed some answers. So for us, it felt good to have someone on ‘our side’ -- We felt we needed someone that understands the process, and could advise us on practical solutions because they know the system from the ‘inside’ and not just conjectures or 2nd-hand hearsay. As everyone knows, what may be in writing in regulations, procedures, and handbooks is not always the way an agency interprets or processes things. DoDMERB Consultants helped us maneuver through the process successfully.

    Best of luck to all candidates and thank you for your service!
     

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