I am a Cadet in a four year ROTC program. I have not been offered a scholarship or a contract as of yet, but I do not believe either will come unless I get processed through DoDMERB. At this point I am waiting to hear back on a Waiver Application. It has only been a week or so since the DoDMERB site set my status to Waiver pending for review but non-the-less I am anxious to hear a reply. The reason I was denied was due to a lung collapse I had in my freshman year of high school (2007). Since then I have applied to the Army National Guard, Reserves, and the United States Marine Corp and been rejected by MEP's at each one, which is why I am so anxious. I since that time I have had no lung collapses or had any other serious injuries or illnesses before or since that event. I've been a runner since the 7th grade (2005), I lift weights, and actively participate in my ROTC program, with no inabilities in any of the events or qualifications. On my last APFT I scored a 247 with a 14:30min 2 mile time and it is only improving further. So in a sense my questions are how long do waiver applications usually take and will this one event that happened nearly five years ago now really disqualify me from serving my country?