DoDMERB Letter arrived: please advise on old treatment

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  1. TexasSailMom

    TexasSailMom Member

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    DS had BGO interview last week; has submitted MCO packets; & all application sections to USNA. DoDMERB letter came today. Questions: how far back does he go
    when completing his medical history? He had ignural (sp?) hernia surgery at age 5. Is that relevant? Also, was diagnosed with "short stature" (age 12) - took meds, no surgery & no change. Bones are perfect. Blood chemistry, etc. is perfect. He was & is 100% healthy (& plays 3 sports). Had a minor arm fracture at age 14. Does he list everything- ???Please advise. (Thanks for all the good words on this forum!)
     
  2. FalconsRock

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    My DD had inguinal hernia at age 2. We reported it as a surgery: repaired without further problems. As far as short stature, you could say exactly what you put: diagnosed at age 12, what meds he took, no surgery, no change, no problems. Minor fracture of what bone in arm, how it was treated and if no further problems, state so. You will be given another form to fill out regarding orthopedic questions regarding the arm fracture. Be specific, but brief and if there are no further problems, then state so. They will ask what activities he has been doing since then, so list them, such as sports etc. That's all you can do, and then wait for determination. They may ask for more information and maybe further evaluation, but go with the flow. My DD had some minor foot problems at age 9 that required custom orthotics at the time, but no longer needs them and has been fully qualified; she never had a fracture, only an accessory navicular bone that became irritated and was taken care of and is not a problem any more. Good luck to you and your DS.
     
  3. TexasSailMom

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    Thank you for the wise words- and your story. We will follow your advice!
     
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    I agree with FalconsRock.. Don't leave things out, be specific enough to ensure that there are no misunderstandings, but do not make issues into problems that they are/were not. That seems to be the key. I had inguinal hernia surgery as well, at age 3, and was fully qualified. I stated it as "Inguinal hernia repair surgery in 2001 by Dr. X. No reoccurrence or complications post-surgery." Be brief but make sure you include all of the necessary details, so you don't get a remedial for additional information/evaluation.
     
  5. TexasSailMom

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    Thank you for the wise words- and your story. We will follow your advice!
     
  6. TexasSailMom

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    It's a relief to hear that non-issues will be considered as such. Now we have to go dig up the name of those doctors from
    12 years ago! Thanks again- DS appreciates the guidance.
     
  7. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Keep in mind that each DODMERB case is decided on its own merits. It is possible to have to candidates with similar issues (or almost exactly the same) and have two different outcomes. While individuals on this forum have provided sound advice on how to document past issues to help clarify/expedite the adjudication process, you shouldn't walk away from the forum with "non-issues will be considered as such," since you don't know how DODMERB or the SA (for waiver process) will look at each individual case. This is specifically why BGOs do not comment on the likelihood of medical qualification, rejection, or waivers.
     
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  8. TexasSailMom

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    Dear usnabgo08-
    Sorry for the delay in replying. I understand your point and agree. There is no such thing as a 'non issue". I shouldn't have used that phrase.
    I appreciate your clarification. Take care.
     

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