Is Peanut Allergy a %100 no go

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  1. mnvln

    mnvln New Member

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    highly qualified candidate, rising senior, top 5% in class, application to NASS pending, planning to play rugby or football,always wanted to go to the USNA, moderate peanut allergy, but never seen an allergist. Is this a %100 no go for all the academies.
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    If you've never seen an allergist, how can you be certain you have an allergy?

    Many candidates create a lot of misery for themselves from a medical perspective because they "assume" they have a condition. If you suspect you have a medical allergy to peanuts, I suggest you consult an allergist and get a definitive diagnosis. That way, you will have the correct answer so you can complete the DODMERB form truthfully, and without guessing.

    As to whether such an allergy is disqualifying, I don't know. But figure out if you have it first.
     
  3. Paradox

    Paradox New Member

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    No! You can still receive a medical waiver and attend an academy. My friend received a waiver for his peanut allergy and will be attending USMA in the Fall.
    I do not know about the other academies though.
    Good luck!
     
  4. e-dews

    e-dews New Member

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    Peanut Allergy

    The Navy is really touchy about this issue. I had a girl in my ROTC unit forcibly disenrolled because they found out she had a mild peanut allergy. I'm assuming DoDMERB standards are the same for USNA as ROTC. If you know you have the allergy I would be extremely proactive about trying to get a waiver which may be possible (but not offered in the case I mentioned).
     
  5. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    When information is processed by DODMERB they are looking at DOD and then Service specific policies, which are written in black and white. If a candidate trips one of those criteria, they are automatically disqualified, or in some cases may qualify for a waiver, if that specific issue has a caveat. Thus, sometimes DODMERB or the Service Academy will ask for more information/clarification. The waiver process conducted by USNA (can't speak for others) is done in conjunction with the Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) -- pretty much what BUMED says will be the final determination.

    Bottom line is that if DOD medical policy doesn't specifically state a condition is disqualifying, the Service policy may or may not -- thus, a condition for one Service Academy might be different at another because of the Service policy.
     
  6. 2018midmom

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    THIS. Search the thread for the kid who self reported an allergy because something "felt weird" in their mouth. Months of remedial misery. Go see the doc, get tested and KNOW what the situation is. The sooner you get your package in the better-esp if you need a waiver. The whole process is so much less stressful if you start ASAP so nothing comes down to the wire.
     

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