Extremely Urgent Question

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  1. Ajax

    Ajax New Member

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    Hey. I have a very urgent question. I broke my wrist a year and a half ago, and it recently got unstable. I am having surgery very soon, but someone told me that in order to apply to any of the academies, you can't have had surgery in the past six months from the date you apply. I could do the surgery the 26th, but I have a school dance I want to go to on February 11th. So two questions.... is the 6month thing true with regards to surgery? and when is the official last day that I am allowed to submit an application. Thank you.
     
  2. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    I believe there must be six months between having a broken bone/surgery and I day.

    The last day to submit an application is January 31st if I remember correctly.

    I know that these aren't definite answers, but they are to the best of my knowledge. Good luck, and I hope you get cited answers soon!
     
  3. mdrob214

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    Contact DODMERB. Tomorrow. Have the surgery as soon as possible. DODMERB can confirm but the issue isn't time since surgery but how long it takes to have a waiver completed if required. Don't hesitate. If you are a candidate for 2016 don't wait.
     
  4. greentrees

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    Definitely contact DoDMERB ASAP.

    While every case is different - DS had minor knee surgery in late March, after he'd already accepted his appointment. The surgery was to remove a cyst that was causing his knee to click and prevented him from longer running - so not structural or repair.
    We had been in contact with DoDMERB so they knew he was having the surgery, and they immediately non-qual'd him, but he didn't lose his appointment; he had to send in remedial from orthopedist & physical therapist, all the surgery paperwork, and letter from the doctor once he was released - but it was after May 1st.
    So, we sent in deposit to Plan B in case DoDMERB didn't requal him.
    Once he was released from PT & the orthopedist, the 2nd week of May, we made copies of everything, overnighted it to DoDMERB, and a few days later his medical status changed to being qualified again.
    He hand carried copies of everything to I-day, but they never looked at it and he had no problems.
     
  5. Ajax

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    Im a junior in high school. I was told that it has to be done 6 months before i apply... So i would be in the class of 2017.
     
  6. mdrob214

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    In that case. Just get it healthy and keep the documentation for when you go thru the medical process. The key words you are looking for from the Dr will be "no limits on activity" "full strength and mobility". You will simply put the fact you had surgery on your paperwork up front and then when DODMERB gets it they will either accept the words of the Dr that does the initial exam or will ask you for the "remedial" and you send in the paperwork. Then you just wait....If you have questions do contact DODMERB, they were very helpful for my DD and her shoulder injury/surgery.
     
  7. USAFA: 2016!

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    Be sure you get clearance from a doctor and do your very best not to re-injure it. I have a friend here at NMMI who is a sponsored Merchant Marine prep and, while being stupid, broke his wrist a couple weeks ago. Now he is in limbo if he is even medically qualified. So get it healed best you can so something like this doesn't happen to you! Plenty of rest, then build back up the strength. And be nice to your doc so he clears you! :thumb: best wishes!
     

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