Help...nervous parent

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  1. sullivanj92000

    sullivanj92000 New Member

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    I'm hoping you can help me with some questions/ concerns:

    - My son recieved a 3 year college ROTC scholarship (shophamore-senior) and starts college in a couple of weeks as a freshman
    - Medical issues raised on accutane treatment
    - Just received medical DQ letter, and now moving into wavier review
    - Accutane treamnet was discontinued July 20th, 2013, so we're in the 8 week post treatmnet time

    Because we're not post 8 weeks out, I asume the wavier won't be granted? Is this a timing issue with the wavier review....if the wavier review happens after the 8 weeks we're good to go, and is it's before we're not? Does the scholarship go away and my son needs to rapply from square one? Any optins/ suggestions for us?

    Thank you !

    Jim
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Merely speculation, but I expect they'll wait out the 8 weeks you refer to and if all is good then, the waiver would be issued. Your DS need not contract until the end of first semester, but would still be allowed to participate until then. I think you'll be OK. It may be worth contacting his cadre to confirm. They ma also be able to assist with the waiver process.
     
  3. sheriff3

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    Your son can attend ROTC this year as a non contracted cadet. Since he is an incoming freshmen and received a 3 year scholarship his medical status at this point is not important. DoDMERB will come into play next year. The exception is that your son may be able to earn a 3.5 year scholarship this year so a waiver would be necessary to contract. Call DoDMERB tomorrow and ask how long DS needs to be off accurate to get cleared. As of right now you are not out anything and should be good to go,certainly for next year. Best of luck.
     
  4. Pima

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    Sheriff,

    The problem is he can't start from square one because DoDMERB exams are valid for 2 yrs. They will not give him a new exam, they will use this one since it is within the 2 yr timeframe. The waiver would be critical if the OP is selecting his college with the intention that the financial assistance will be there for yrs 2-4.

    I agree with kinnem, have him contact the det. The det. can assist in requesting the waiver. They can go to bat for them up the chain.

    DoDMERB only Qs or DQs, they do not do the waivers. It is the source that does, thus the det. is a better path to move forward. DoDMERB would probably just say, cadet sullivan was DQ'd for accutane, beyond that it is AROTC to waive. He needs to just get out of the 8 week window, but if he is not and has not talked to his det. he can find that the waiver was not granted.

    I don't know of any waiver being put on hold for a yr because a cadet will not contract for a yr. They (HQ ROTC branch) typically tend to complete in a timely fashion because by waiting a yr to waive, and if they don't grant it until fall 2014 or almost FY15, they did not use that money from the pot at least 2x ( FY13/2017 board and FY14/ 2018 board).
     
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    sullivanj92000 New Member

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    Thank you for the responses. DET? OP? not sure what those mean......I'm new to this, but learning. Thanks again!
     
  6. kinnem

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    DET - detachment. His unit at college.
    OP - Original poster... in this case YOU!
     

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