DQ'd but I've passed and cleared every test

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  1. CRK

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    I am a Marine Corps OCS candidate that was forced to go the DODMERB route. I was a two-sport collegiate athlete (football and lacrosse), and during my senior season of college football, I was diagnosed with a spinal stress fracture. Less than 4 months later I was cleared to play collegiate lacrosse. Its been 3 years since my injury, and I have participated in every activity that I was presumed disqualified from. I train twice a day 6 days a week, I squat and deadlift heavy and frequently, participate in candidate ruck marches, practice brazilian jui jitsu and boxing, run and swim and am a bouncer at a club. This is every week. Does anyone know how to get me approved? I'm getting a second opinion and am willing to send videos and descriptions of what I do with no limitations. That injury has left a paper scar on my record and its holding me back.
    Thank You.
     
  2. Dad

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    DoDMERB only takes the information you submit and the results of contracted MDs and Optometrists. You may only be given a remedial which may ask for a doctor's report stating that you have fully recovered. For example, my son was declared qualified by DoDMERB, but broke his hand during football practice. Although it was healing normally, we had to wait 6 weeks until the doctor cleared him. Then we had to send the MD's report stating that his hand was 100% healed to DoDMERB and my son was again declared 'qualified'. To better assist you, what exactly did DoDMERB send you or indicate on your portal?
     
  3. Pima

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    True honesty here.

    You are doing the right thing by getting a second opinion, BUT I would contact them to find a specialist that is DoDMERB qualified in your area.

    Video of doing anything will not change an opinion compared to a 2nd Doc. If you can't find a DoDMERB qualified doc, find a specialist doc.

    DoDMERB DQ's, commissioning sources waive. Marine Corps are reducing their numbers. A video of you swimming, playing LAX,practicing jui jitsu is not the same as an ortho specialist saying your back can handle rucking it with 70 lbs on your back in the mtns for 12 hrs and sleeping in a sleeping bag for unlimited days on the ground without any injury to your spine.

    I know this is not what you want to read, but remember the military has to think about every aspect.
    1. Deploying.
    2. Waiver means they accept your pre-existing condition...think of it like Obamacare on steroids.
    3. A waiver may equate into another AD member picking up the weight because you got a waiver and can't deploy.

    I wish you the best wishes, hopes and thoughts. Just remember if they don't waive it is because they are thinking about you as an AD member on a mission and how if someone's back went out how that will impact the mission.

    It is not personal. It is business.
     
  4. CRK

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    @ PIMA. Thank you for your support and pointing out that I have to think of my fellow Marines in the event of my back not being cleared. And I will get right on finding a specialist that is DoDMERB qualified.
    @DAD. I went to Camp Legeune last month to get a full evaluation and was cleared by the CMR of the PT wing. My OSO set it up, what we didn't know is that it wasn't set up through DoDMERB. At Legeune, I took X-rays and performed and passed every test they gave me and received a full recommendation for a waiver.
    DoDMERB had wanted me to go see an actual orthopedic surgeon, instead of a PT. We did not know that because I had received my remedial letter detailing what exactly had to be done from DoDMERB AFTER my evaluation at Camp Legeune. My OSO tried to get me reset in the DoDMERB system so that I can get an evaluation from someone through DoDMERB, but I and my waiver were denied.
    So I'm paying out of pocket to get this cleared so that I can continue.
    Thank You for your support.
     

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