DODMERB Waiver Struggle

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  1. USNA2020

    USNA2020 Member

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    DQ'd for myopia because my right eye is over by 0.37

    USNA won't waiver me, so the LOA probably didn't help

    I will call on Monday to find out more about what happened, but is a waiver still possible after they denied me one? Would USMA give me a waiver if USNA didn't?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Moderator

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    No one knows. Every commissioning source considers waivers and sometimes outcomes are different.
     
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  3. USNA2020

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    Also- if some other commissioning source or service academy does waive it, am I DODMERB qualified to go to USNA as well or just the place that gave me the waiver?
     
  4. MammaMia

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    Different academies waiver differently - so a waiver from USAFA, for instance, only applies there.
     
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  5. USNA2020

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    Thanks NavyHoops and Mammamia for clearing that up- my next question is, is there a way to appeal a waiver decision, and if so who would be the best person to contact and what would be the best way to go about this?
     
  6. NavyHoops

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    Not sure on the appeal, I think you can but I believe you must have something new to offer to ask for one. Have your eyes changed? Might want to use search function or research a DoDMERB consultant. Remember DoDMERB only Q and DQs, each commissioning source waivers.
     
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  7. Jmoney457

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    They won't reconsider their decision not to waiver your myopia. I would advise you to apply to other academies in hopes of a waiver. Your LOA is now worth nothing more than the paper it's printed on. Sorry to be be the bearer of bad news, but you must now understand that your dream of attending the Naval Academy is dead, it's better to accept it now than retain false hope.
     
  8. AF6872

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    Fight the DQ. Go to a specialist who might review your case and they can write a letter to USNA and DoDmerb. Not a given but it can help. Helped with us after Daughter LOA received DQ.
    DD LOA was reinstated after initial DQ and medical evaluation forwarded by a primary physician. Director of DoDMerb called us and said they were not in the process of keeping kids out of the Academy but their job was getting them in. They will work with you.
     
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  9. USNA2020

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    AF6872- could I PM you?
     
  10. AF6872

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    Yes. Any time
     
  11. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Here is a link to a DoDMERB consultant that some folks on this forum have used. Your mileage may vary, but he is a former Marine aviator and Naval physician. I did not use him, but I wish I had known about him when my oldest DS was DQ'd for USMA 12 years ago (I wish I knew about this forum 12 years ago, too!).

    http://www.dodmerbconsultants.com/
     
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  12. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    If DoDMERB already found you disqualified and USNA declined you for a waiver...it is possible to ask for an additional review if you are able to provide new information (not already considered).

    What is new information? New doctor's notes, medical tests, and statements of level of activity. What is not helpful...opinions that DQ will not interfere with being a MIDN/officer.

    My advice is to contact the medical staff in the Admissions office to see your options. Make sure you are aggressively working Plans B+.
     
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  13. USNA2020

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    Update: USNA requested a remedial evaluation. What does this mean? If I pass the remedial evaluation, will DoDMERB remove the DQ?
     
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    Depends on what the remedial is for. If your eye exam shows vision greater than -8.0, then the remedial request is likely to be a dilated eye exam. If that pans out well, then the waiver authority reviews the results and determines whether to grant a waiver. From what you've been posting, sounds like your vision test had incorrect data sent to DoDMERB resulting in a DQ. If you're just getting a new eye exam, then that would likely replace the old one.

    My DD has greater than -8.0 vision and the status didn't change until today (after having completed her exam in mid-August). Now, USMMA has requested a dilated exam. One step closer to a waiver decision.
     
  16. AF6872

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    As Kinnem says: Yes. Have been through this with Daughter's initial LOA and then the dreaded DQ. Had personal physicians do evaluations and letters to USNA and Dodmerb. It was a long process but it can work out.
     
  17. cindysewell

    cindysewell USNA 2017 Mom

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    My DD got a DQ for Anemia from Dodmerb even though we sent the requested lab work showing that her blood count went from 8 to 11.8 after taking Iron pills and being put on Birth Control for her menstrual cycle. Now we wait to see if USNA will give her a wavier. Has anyone else had this happen and should we get more blood work done and have her physician send a letter stating that the anemia was caused by her menstrual cycle?
     
  18. GoCaps92

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    Hi everyone,

    I recently received an LOA to USNA that was contingent upon, among other things, a medical waiver. The DODMERB portal says that my case is "Pending Waiver Submission/Review". Ever since I got the LOA, though, I've been increasingly worried that I won't get that coveted waiver. I was DQ'd because of astigmatism in excess of +/- 3.00 diopters and distant vision acuity not correctable to 20/20. Does anyone know if these conditions are ones that have good chances of being granted waivers for?

    Thanks in advance for any answers and guidance! I know that nobody can give me a definitive answer about this, but since being a mere lurker on here has proved to be so helpful, I figured I would at least go for a ballpark. Thanks!
     
  19. USNA2020

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    Update: USNA has approved my medical waiver and reinstated the LOA. Thank you all for your assistance.
     
  20. WannabeGonnabe

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    Congratulations!
     
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