Just noticed DS's portal reads "disqualified" under the dodmerb section. DS failed the initial hearing exam and was asked to do the test again. DS did the additional test at a local audiologist and we were pleased to see that the additional test only reflected minor hearing loss (no greater than 35db) in 2 ranges. All of the material I have seen for USMA indicates a DQ for hearing loss is for moderate hearing loss. Moderate hearing loss is defined as loss of 40db or more. A little research revealed that this standard is the same for all of the service academies - no hearing loss greater than 40DB. Anyone have any experience with USMA and waivers for minor hearing loss? I realize the RC is the person who will request the waiver but it would be nice to know if someone else has been through this. Another question, when the portal reflects "disqualified" does the RC even know what the DQ condition is? So, for example, when they request the waiver do they just see "disqualified," determine that applicant is competitive, and ask for a waiver?