History of Migraines/ADHD

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  1. CSU Cadet

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    Hello, I am applying for ROTC and have a pretty important question, one that I am very concerned about. I had my last migraine in a series of migraines over four years back, and stopped taking the medicine for them a little over two years ago and hadn't had a problem since that last one over 4 years ago. The same thing goes with my ADHD medicine, I stopped taking it two years back and haven't had any problems academically, not that I had any problems before.

    By looking here: http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r40_501.pdf you can see that it says you do not fit the standard unless the migraines were three or more years back. It also says that you do not fit the standard with ADHD unless you stopped taking the medicine over a year ago and can prove you are academically fit, which I am. In fact, the last time I didn't get mostly A's and a few B's was when I was in sixth grade. I am also pretty confident that I can get a letter from my doctor saying I am fit for service.

    Is there any way I can get medically approved through MEPS before going through the whole application process? I do not want to go through that and then be denied medically.

    Thank you for the help.
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    You can not get medically qualified prior to submitting for a ROTC Scholarship, you would not go through MEPS, Officer candidates go through Dodmerb.

    If you join ROTC as a non scholarship cadet you would have the first two years before you would need to contract and pass the medical, that may give you the years needed to get a medical waiver.

    The best thing you can do is talk to the ROTC Battalion at the school you are looking to attend, let them know everything about your medical history and follow their advice.
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Apply... If you get an offer you will start DODMERB. If you start DODMERB there is a good chance you will be DQ... There is also a good chance that when you are considered for a waiver you will receive one. If you don't try you'll never know
     
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  4. CSU Cadet

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    Hello, and thank you for the advice.

    What I don't understand is why I can be DQ'd when I meet all the standards and my doctor has written a note saying my diagnosis' were resolved.

    How come I still have a chance of being DQ'd? Thanks.
     
  5. Pima

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    JMPO, but I think you are putting the cart before the horse. You need to apply, and if/when you are offered a scholarship you can fight for a waiver.

    I don't see anyone here saying you will get DQd. They are saying impo, that you just need to work the process. That, and MEPS is not the same you will go through since it is my understanding that MEPS is for enlisted, and you are trying to go officer.
    ~ Believe it or not it is a different set of rules medically. Just because an enlisted member can be cleared, does not mean they will clear an officer too.

    The process is apply for the scholarship, if selected you will go for the exam, and DoDMERB will decide if you are DQd. The commissioning source will be the ones to decide if a waiver is given,
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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