DODMERB Scoliosis

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  1. jimmyhg

    jimmyhg New Member

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    Im going in for my AROTC scholarship medical exam this week and I have mild scoliosis. The degree of curvature is 29, and I can perform the pft at an above average level. I've played varsity football and baseball. Basically, it doesn't affect me at all. Will I be disqualified, and if so, can anyone specualate as to my chances of being waivered? Any input is appreciated. I've just worked hard and dedicated my life goals towards being a service member. Thank you!
     
  2. Pima

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    I can only speak from the AF side, but 21 is their limit for a curvature or was in 87.

    Have you seen a specialist? If not I would go to one. Scoliosis curves can vary just by breathing at the moment the xray is taken.

    I know you think it doesn't matter, but the problem/dangers associated with scoliosis is the impact of your internal organs. Bullet''s sister, and his niece both have had scoliosis operations, so our family knows a little bit more than the avg bear when it comes to this.

    Bullet 6 weeks prior to commissioning with a rated (UNT) slot was dqd. because he had a 23 degree curve. His folks to him to his sister's surgeon, and had him test him. The curve was 19 degrees according to that doc. The doc happened to be the 1st doc to ever perform the scoliosis operation in the US, written up in magazines like Time, People, etc. It was hard for the AF to say that the number 1 doc in that specialty knew more than the flight doc that gave him the physical.

    To this day Bullet believes it was that action his folks took that made sure he didn't get DQd. He served 21 yrs (ejection seat airframes) and it was never an issue again.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Packer

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  4. Pima

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    :worship::worship::worship: Packer

    According to Packer you will not even have to get a waiver. You are good to go!

    I will say if there is a career you want...i.e Jump. check to see if they have medical issues. Again for Bullet it was ejection seat, and that was an issue.
     
  5. rustypc

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    Automatic DoDMERB disqualifications

    My son has mild scoliosis but it does impact his activities. He is a high school swimmer and even with flip turns and all the turning, he has never missed a beat. I think his is around 21%.

    My questions is in reference to the below quote. Two of his upper ribs join and attach to the spine as a single bone. Is this what they mean in the below and is he automatically medically disqualified.

    Thanks much

    Rusty PC

    History of congenital fusion (756.15) involving more than two vertebral bodies
     
  6. Pima

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    As it has always been stated here:
    It is a case by case scenario regarding waivers.

    I would be prepared for a DQ or a remedial.

    The fact is many that post here, have the same response:
    The candidate is in sports and it has never been an issue.

    The fact is the military looks at the mission and the ability to deploy. I.E. will that waiver tie their hands from an operational perspective for manpower needs? Will another member have to be deployed because the waiver member deploy?

    It is not personal.

    Move forward, because IMPO, you'd be a fool to listen to any poster here that says it's over. Nobody here sits on the branch boards. If they do sit on the board they won't admit it.

    DoDMERB DQ's! BRANCHES WAIVE!

    Don't live with what ifs, because of a site like this.

    Best of luck.
     
  7. Strength and Honor

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    I agree, most on this site aren't medical experts and can't say what the boards will do. The only thing you can do is try!:thumb:
     

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