I-Day Medical Exams

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  1. futuremid2020

    futuremid2020 Member

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    Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew about the I-Day medical tests, like how detailed the actually are, will similar to DoDMERB and all with the hearing test as well, or will it be rather quick. Also was wondering if anyone knew how frequently they give full detailed exams through the whole four years? thanks!
     
  2. NavyHoops

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    They are quick. Remember they process around 1000 folks in 1 days. NAPS and priors go the day before. They will review your record, give shots if you haven't done them, draw blood, breathalyzer (I think they still do this), and there could be a quick check by a doc for certain waivers. They might do a quick eye exam... Someone check me on that. If you have glasses they will issue them to you. So, no, it's DODMERB, it's a sanity check and to make sure you aren't drunk. There are random check ups and you will see dental Plebe Summer. Your next major physical after DODMERB will be your pre commissioning physical at the start of 2/C year. This is much more in depth than DODMERB and will determine if you are qualified to fly among other things. All your medical needs will be covered, minus nice glasses and contacts! So if you wear glasses and/or contacts... Get your exam at school every year then get new glasses elsewhere unless you want horrible frames. Eye surgery is an option down the road too. Once you get to USNA you can learn the ropes to that from upperclass.
     
  3. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I'm curious what is driving the question...seems like something is hiding behind the curtain?
     
  4. Ben_m_usna2020

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    He was probably just curious. I tried looking up info about the i-day medical simply because I wanted to know how thorough they could possibly be considering the number of plebes being processed
     
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    I have actually worked I Day for a few years. It's a fun event as a grad. I Day is a well oil machined. They process over a 1000 kids very quickly. The enter alumni hall as anxious kids and leave bald, anxious, and in uniform.
     
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    Some candidates will sit and wait for a long time if a doc wants to review their file or a waiver on I Day. It's nothing to freak out about. I have only seen 1 kid on I Day turned back because of medical. He reported in a cast (admissions told him to - also recruited athlete) and USNA ran X-rays and all kinds of stuff. Essentially the docs wanted to evaluate if he could participate in as much as possible and the cast would come off in a week or so. They eventually pulled his parents in and the admissions staff sat down and handed him an LOA for the next year and said go to community college and take a Plebe Schedule.
     
  7. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Thorough or not, is that going to have any influence on walking into Alumni Hall? Best to assume that they will be thorough and if your medical record shows any areas that might be close to concern, you might go through additional screening...as Hoops said. USNA has been doing this for a while now, they have it down to a science on how to get ~1200 plebes through and still screen and issue equipment/uniforms in an efficient manner.

    Once at USNA, there will be some medical exams that are annual and others less frequent.
     
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    I know USMA does a vision check that checks for color blindness on R-day. Seems relevant.
     
  9. NavyHoops

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    Was trying to remember if USNA did a color vision test and eye exam, but I can't remember! I seem to remember there was. Will have to reach out to the current Mids I know. As 08 said, I Day hasn't changed much in decades. It is a well oiled machine. To be honest most Plebes won't remember much of it. You just get in line with your check list and follow the herd. And for crying out loud when someone asks what size you are please do not respond with 'I don't know, I have to ask my mom!' I have heard this a million times on I Day.

    08, I was at the dry cleaners the other day and I still use my original laundry bag (the one we got in Alumni on I Day... I can identify this one because of course my writing is so slanted and barely fits on the bag in my haste) and a grad walked in behind me the other day and couldn't stop laughing at me! I can still vividly remember writing my name, alpha (which I couldn't remember, company/platoon on there. Hey the bag still works well!
     
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    I still have wooden coat hangers from USMA with my name and last four on them...some things just follow you through life. :)
     
  11. NavyHoops

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    They definitely do! I have my book bag still and bust it out sometimes for work.
     
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    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Color blindness was tested in 2004. I use my laundry bag and nets when I'm deployed (name and alpha code still visible), but I almost always use my USNA dry cleaning bag to deliver to the cleaners. Might as well get good use of them!
     
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  13. Navy92

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    Pretty funny Hoops! I still have mine too, even the little ones that were for whites, socks I believe. Nothing like the big orange bag with the extra large diaper pins sporting your alpha! Great memories...
     
  14. futuremid2020

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    I was wondering because I might end up right on the line for hearing and if it goes down a little before then, I would not want to be booted out on I-day.
     
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    Hearing wasn't tested on I day for the majority of candidates, but I would imagine if you needed a waiver then they might test you. It's nothing to freak out about, they usually just ask if anything has changed. Otherwise, if DoDMERB says you're qualified, you probably won't have any issues.

    Yes, they still do a breathalyzer. For the good kids who have never taken one, it will take a couple tries.

    I don't remember a vision test, though they may have checked for color blindness.
     
  16. Class2020Dad

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    NavyHoops, any chance an ex-Air Force Lt. can volunteer at the academy if DS accepted?
     
  17. NavyHoops

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    I have a buddy who is a vendor to USNA and has some of the items plebes are issued. He always needs extra hands to make it happen so we all help him out. No, they take volunteers. And if your DS is appointed you would definitely want to be doing the parent thing on I Day not working.
     
  18. NavyHoops

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    I meant no, they do not take volunteers.
     

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