Hx of Depression and DoDMERB waiver requests

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  1. kj1856

    kj1856 New Member

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    I am under the impression that obtaining a waiver for Army ROTC is unlikely given my 2 year long major depressive episode I had, in which I was medicated following the death of my father in high school. I had a lot of major life changes happened in a short period and life just slammed me down at the time, and as a minor got no say in what medication I was placed on. I have been med free for nearly 2 years and have been cleared by the same doctor who put me on the meds. He actuallly highly endorses my desire to serve, which is nice. I was never sucidal or hospialized, just needed the support.

    I had intially tried to go AD after high school school but got DQed on my med read when I was very upfront and honest with my pscyh history, with no opportunity to go up to MEPS or even recieve an offical disqualification. My recruiter said it was for the types of medication I was placed, and said no more, he was in the middle of PCSing and not overly helpful. It's a tough waiver climate out there these days. No other branch would touch me after that either after I disclosed what happened, so I went off to university.

    I have now been interacting heavily with the ROTC Batallion on my university campus and they are interested in placing me into their class and seeing about working my waiver. They feel that if I complete the standard 2 years of class and continue to do well (I carry a 3.9 GPA in school) that it is possible to potentially obtain a waiver. It would both show my ability to succeed and put more time between me and the history (we all know it isn't going away).

    Has anyone heard of these waivers going through? I struggle to find any instances where anyone has even been remotely successful.
     
  2. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Why would your ROO or PMS encourage you to participate in the program if he/she thought there was no chance? If you choose NOT to particpate then you are guaranteed to have no shot at it.

    It depends on how badly you want it and how well you do in the AROTC MS activities. If your PMS thinks you are great, then he/she will likely do everything possible to push you through to the advanced course.

    Perhaps Clarkson Army (He is a ROO) can chime in on this?

    Also you might reach out to CAPT Merchant of Dodmerb Consultants for an opinion. He is a former DoDMERB director and Navy physician.
    Here is his link:
    http://www.dodmerbconsultants.com/
     
  3. Falcon A

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    kj -- I am not a doctor but here is a copy of the "non-waiverable conditions" letter from AROTC a year ago:
    https://www.jmu.edu/rotc/prospective-cadets/Non-waiverable medical conditions.pdf

    Condition "2a." is probably what you'd need to overcome. You might ask your PMS if this letter has been updated.

    I agree with gokings -- if the ROO and PMS are in your corner, that would seem to be a very good thing. You will probably eventually need the doctor that prescribed and then took you off the meds to provide some detailed medical explanations as part of the eventual "remedial/waiver" process.

    Best wishes.
     
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  4. kj1856

    kj1856 New Member

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    Thank you two, I will keep you posted. Will be an interesting semester for sure.
     
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  5. LLJ

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    Jk,

    Have you heard anything? I am cheering for you. Also, were you able to find updated information? DodMERB seems to be cloaked in mystery.
     

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