How frequent are disqualifications?

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  1. candidate2014

    candidate2014 Member

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    I'm scheduled to take the DODMERB exam next Monday (January 20) and I was wondering if anyone could tell me if getting disqualified is a frequent occurence? I've read through a lot of posts on this forum, and it seems as though almost everyone has to get a waiver/remedial. Do most people pass without further complications? Do we only hear about the disqualifications?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Not sure anyone here could give you specific numbers. Based on anecdotal evidence, remedials are quite common. Remedials typically involve providing additional documentation about some condition and/or taking additional tests. It seems that most people come out fine after the remedials -- i.e., do not need a waiver. The remedial documentation/testing satisfies DODMERB and the candidate ends up qualified medically.

    Only if you are DQ'ed by DODMERB do you need a waiver. Waivers are more dicey and, quite honestly, depend on your condition as well as overall competitiveness for an appointment. Some conditions are very unlikely to be waived and others much more likely. Some of it depends on the SA/ROTC program to which you're applying -- you could get a waiver for one but not for another. Most of it depends on the specifics of your condition, which is obviously very indiividualized.

    Also, SAs typically won't go through the waiver process for a candidate unless they are likely to offer that candidate an appointment -- the reason is basically manpower/resources. Thus, some people may never know whether they would have been granted a waiver b/c, for other reasons, the SA decided not to offer them an appointment.
     
  3. Pima

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    Remember this site is unique. Most people that find this site actively are looking to gain insight in this world, and some of them come here knowing that they have a medical issue, hoping people can give insight. Thus, it probably skews the real number/percentages for DoDMERB.

    Additionally place some of the DQs into easily waived. IE you will be DQd if you wear braces, but as long as they are off by I-day it is not a concern.

    Anecdotally our DS and all of his friends sailed through the exam, no DQs in their group. OBTW he was AFROTC scholarship, they were not. Thus, they did not get their exam until their rising junior yr. yet, they commissioned. His commissioning group from his college had 26 people.
     
  4. Stevewar2

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    DODMERB

    My DD sailed thru the process needing no waivers. Basically, she had no medical issues after the age of 13 and was GTG.
     

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