How does an injury impact USNA application process

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  1. DadRock

    DadRock New Member

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    My son completed his application in full 2 weeks ago. He has been deemed to be competitve. He received a perfect score at the Summer Seminar, 3.9 GPA, captain of three varsity sports. We believe he has secured a nomination. He received his qualified medical status a week ago. Last weekend he injured his shoulder playing football, a torn Labrum. Surgery is tentatively schedule in 1 week. Surgeon is telling us he will be 100% by or before 4/1, start of his lacrosse season. How does this effect his application process once he notifies DoDMERB, and does this reduce his chances of getting accepted. What is the process and what happens. Thank you
     
  2. Whistle Pig

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    You must report this immediately to the Academy. It may be denial, deferral, or delay in being offered an appointment. A best case scenario is that you might be given an LOA or a deferral pending surgery, rehab, and clearance. I'm not sure this is a waiver scenario, others may know. In any case you're no doubt looking at a long winter's wait.

    Ask the DoDMERB master on his forum ... http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=20
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Yes, you must report it and DODMERB/USNA will advise how to proceed. I'm not an MD but, basically, if your DS fully recovers such that he can fully participate in Plebe Summer and is otherwise physically qualified, he'll be ok. I'm not sure of the process for getting that certification, but essentially USNA and DODMERB but be convinced he is OK.
     
  4. osdad

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    My (now) 3/C had her BGO interview and a visit from the RD all while strapped into a walking boot for a broken ankle. Her LOA had clearing DODMERB as a condition. A 2" thick pile of records were sent. Once her physician gave her clearance to "fully participate" in sports - we heard from Larry Mullen that she was approved. Nothing else was ever said. On I-day, a nonexistent wasp sting allergy caused more concern than the leg.

    Heal, ease back into workouts, send them anything and everything they ask for, contact Mr. Mullen, have a plan B.
     
  5. singaporemom

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    As long as your son is fit, recovered, and no limitations on performance you should have no problems. My son had all of his interviews in a shoulder harness from a shattered collarbone. He had already passed his DoDMERB.

    He notified USNA (admissions counselor) and DoDMERB, received a remedial immediately. Once all was healed and he was give the all clear, he sent a copy of all records and xray reports to DoDMERB, including letter from doctor giving date of injury, treatment, and current status "No Limitations on Performance".

    We put a sticker on every piece of paper sent with son's name, last 4 SSN, and page number "1 of xx". FedEx'd it to DoDMERB. KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS! :smile:

    Also, sent copy of Doctors letter to his USNA admissions counselor.

    He took the CFA, sent in score. 5 days later, he received his appointment.

    Keep everybody in the loop, do exactly what is requested (and no more!) and all should be okay.
     
  6. dunninla

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    I'm not trying to be a wisecrack, but where is an applicant directed (in writing) to update his/her application with current medical status? I would think that information would be required after official acceptance of admission, but not in the interim period.

    As a practical matter, if the applicant's physician says that a minor operation will have the applicant fully reparied and ready for lacrosse season by April 1, shouldn't this medical condition be volunteered only after April when and only if the physician was wrong?

    The reason I ask "in writing" is that the ROTC contract stipulates immediate notification of any medical condition that might affect a cadet's ability to commission. I would assume a similar stipulation is in the contract a mid signs on I-Day. But Is there a similar instruction to *applicants* to the Academy during the application process?
     

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