Medical disenrollment from ROTC/SMP with scholarship

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  1. Rich Ashley

    Rich Ashley New Member

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    Our son was a sophomore AROTC student who had received a 3 yr. Guaranteed Reserve Forces scholarship and was in the Simultaneous Membership Program with the Ohio Army National Guard. He’s maintained about a 3.0 GPA, is a football player, and from all indications his ROTC and NG units were pleased with his performance. His ROTC unit had even nominated him for an Air Assault School slot this summer.

    Because his older sister had been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder late in her college career (she still graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Auburn University), he thought he should be tested to see if there was something he could do to improve his academic performance. In January he was seen by a psychologist who evaluated him as follows, “he does meet the current DSM-IV criteria for Adult AD/HD, mild. He does not evidence a learning disability or cognitive deficit …”

    Following that, his family doctor prescribed Adderall to see if it would aid in his ability to concentrate in class. He used a 30 day prescription (only taking them on days he had class and never on days when he had ROTC class or lab, or NG drill. He received one refill, took a few of them, but stopped early this month because he didn’t think there was any significant effect. Late in February he told his ROTC and ARNG units about the medication.

    On March 16th, he received a letter dated March 10, 2015 from Cadet Command informing him he had been disenrolled “due to a disqualifying medical condition, history of academic skills disorder/learning disability requiring medication therapy.” He is not being required to pay back any of his scholarship money. To the best of our knowledge the other documentation Cadet Command had was a copy of his prescription, although it’s possible he gave his ROTC unit a copy of the psychologist’s report. He informed his ARNG unit of the disenrollment letter and, thus far, has heard nothing back from them.

    I’ve been digging through the ARs and NGRs and it seems like the chance of him being reenrolled all require him to reapply after one year without medication. Reinstatement of his scholarship would require him to go through the application process again, with no guarantee of success.

    We’re trying to decide what to do. A huge factor is what his status is with the ARNG. We know that if he’d been disenrolled for academic or disciplinary reasons he’s return to enlisted status, but since the letter says he is “ineligible to commission or enlist in the Armed Forces because … you no longer meet the medical qualifications …”

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
     
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    I'm new to these boards and just starting to research service academies - but I teach in a high school with a big ROTC program. I asked the ROTC dept about ADHD & medication. They said that their students do have to be completely off of medication for one year before enlisting. One of my students said that the date to enlist is determined by the date the most recent prescription was filled - in that a 30 day prescription filled 4/1/15 would result in an enlistment date of 5/1/16.

    Sorry I could not be of more help!
     
  3. JMS

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    I wish I could offer some thoughts to help, but I wish you and your son well.
    For whatever it is worth, if your screen name resembles your real name, you may wish to reconsider using your real name in a public forum such as this, particularly when discussing personal stuff.
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Please see thread in ROTC forum.
     
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