DQ'd from CG

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  1. KingsPtMom2014

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    DS is 1st class and was considering taking his commission in the USCG upon graduation. Last night he was informed that he was medically DQ'd because he sought medical help for back pain he was experiencing a year or so ago. It was a disappointment, but not the end of the world. The CG was one of several options he was weighing.

    My question is this: What about other branches? Does this result imply that the DOD branches will turn him down also? Anyone with knowledge or experience can chime in? Thanks.
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    No, each branch has their own commissioning medical standards. Although they are usually similar each Service will make their own determination as to fitness. I find it surprising that someone was DQ'd for a simple episode of back pain so I have a feeling there is some underlying condition or other factor coming into play here.

    Given that was he fully DQ'd or was he told he doesn't meet the standards and they will review his record for a waiver?

    For the Navy at least there are many things that are considered disqualifying for commissioning; however, depending on what it is and the background there are many waivers given.
     
  3. cmakin

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    Does he really need to go with the military upon graduation?
     
  4. KingsPtMom2014

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    Thanks for the input

    As I understand it, he was DQ'd straight up. He sought help for back pain, tests were done, including an MRI (I think), no treatment was prescribed, he made a few changes to his workouts, and the pain abated. Maybe there was some kind of anomaly in the MRI, I don't really know.

    As to the question about going military, funny thing. DS has liked pretty much everything about USMMA...except the part about being on a ship. I know that goes against the purpose of the school, but he didn't do it on purpose. He just didn't like it. Claimed he was bored and lonely most of the time.

    I think he may try for the USAF. He doesn't want to fly, but they've discussed something involving law enforcement that intrigues him.
     
  5. cmakin

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    Going to sea certainly isn't for everybody.
     

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