Medical Qualification

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by bgeary07, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. bgeary07

    bgeary07 Member

    Jun 10, 2014
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    I am currently a rising junior and I am pretty confident on my athletic and scholastic standing. One thing I am worried about is my medical history. When I was 10 or 11, I was diagnosed with Exercise Induced Asthma, but I have not used inhaler since I was 11 or 12 nor have I had breathing problems. From my understanding, that is still on my medical record and can be a problem. What do I need to do to get that removed or waivered so it's not a problem when it comes to applying to the academy so I can be triple qualified?
  2. 2017MarineDad

    2017MarineDad Member

    Aug 13, 2012
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    Would not bet the farm on this info, but per the DoD instruction number 6130.03 "Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction in the Military Services" dated 28 April 2010, following is an excerpt pertaining to asthma. My DS followed this after he received a request for more info from the DoDMERB, and ended up being qualified.

    Unless otherwise stipulated, the conditions listed in this enclosure are those that do NOT meet the standard by virtue of current diagnosis, or for which the candidate has a verified past medical history.
    d. Airway hyper responsiveness including asthma (493.xx), reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm (519.11) or asthmatic bronchitis (493.90), reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after the 13th birthday.
    (1) Reliable diagnostic criteria may include any of the following elements: substantiated history of cough, wheeze, chest tightness, and/or dyspnea which persists or recurs over a prolonged period of time, generally more than 12 months.
    (2) Individuals DO MEET the standard if within the past 3 years they meet ALL of the criteria in subparagraphs 11.d.(2)(a)-(d).
    (a) No use of controller or rescue medications (including, but not limited to inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene receptor antagonists, or short-acting beta agonists).
    (b) No exacerbations requiring acute medical treatment.
    (c) No use of oral steroids.
    (d) A current normal spirometry (within the past 90 days), performed in accordance with American Thoracic Society (ATS) guidelines and as defined by current National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) standards.

    So we went to a asthma/allergy specialist (I have real good insurance) who checked him out, to include a spirometry (which he passed without issue), and after the Doc reviewed the remed questionair and the DoD standards wrote a note in his file (and addressed to the DoDMerb evaluating him under the above conditions).
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

    Jun 9, 2006
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    As a GENERAL rule, if you have not had any asthma symptoms nor been prescribed/used asthma medication since age 13, you should be fine.

    If you have been prescribed medication but not used it post age 13, you'll probably need additional testing to verify you don't currently have asthma.

    If you have had symptoms and/or have needed to use medication for asthma after age 13, waiver will be much more difficult to come by -- although not necessarily impossible.

    However, the only solution is to go through the process. If you have questions, the DODMERB Helpline is supposed to be quite helpful. Seriously.:smile:
  4. Blondie1

    Blondie1 Member

    Dec 19, 2013
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    bgeary07 DS had same situation as you, no problems with Dod clearance.

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