Medical Waiver

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  1. thegrum

    thegrum New Member

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    My daughter is interested in an appointment to attend the US Naval Academy. She has been previously diagnosed as having Raynaud's Disease (Primary), which causes her feet and hands to turn blue/purple when exposed to cold. Based on seeing photos on the internet of this condition, she appears to have a mild version comparatively. We live in Virginia, and she has been able to participate in any sport activity she wants but does need to be more aware of her hands/feet when it is cold outside.

    Is it possible for her to obtain a medical waiver? If so, who would be the waiver authority?

    Thanks for any comments.
     
  2. paradoxer

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    The regulations

    http://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/dodmerb-part-1-open-up-and-say-ahhhh/

    Here is the link, posted by Clarkson's ROO, that explains what conditions require DQ. I do believe it has references to Raynaud's so check it out.
     
  3. MullenLE

    MullenLE Member

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    Paradoxer - Unintentionally, the incorrect answer to the question.

    thegrum - The correct answer is:

    1) It's not possible to be considered for a waiver until she applies for the USNA and undergoes her DoDMERB exam and history.
    2) That condition warrants a DoDMERB determination of does NOT meet standards.
    3) "If" determined by USNA Admissions to be competitive for an offer of appointment, they will direct she be considered for a medical waiver.
    4) The Senior Medical Officer then reviewes the case "independently" from DoDMERB and makes a recommendation to the Dean of Admissions.
    5) The Dean of Admissions either makes the waiver decision on behalf of the Superintendent, USNA OR the Superintendent renders the waiver decision.:thumb:
     
  4. paradoxer

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    Clarify a bit more please

    Sorry confused USNA and AROTC but besides that are you saying that because of the process that no matter what condition you may have you should always apply and let the process play out because there is always a qualitative/human review component to the medical process for USNA? Would this be true for all branches? I can see why someone would attempt to figure out if at all possible before doing the application if the medical outcome is predetermined.
     
  5. MullenLE

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    NOTHING, is predetermined, except maybe an insulin dependent diabetic. What some applicants think they have, they don't. What some applicants say is no issue, really is. What some civilian Doc states, is often not really the cae for the military. Yada, yada, yada.

    If a person does NOT apply; does NOT complete their medical history and undergo the exam; then DoDMERB has nothing to actually review and render decisions on. Waiver authorities, are NOT going to speculate what may/may not be waived. Each case is looked out individually, in accordance with standards, the freuqency, severity, degree of dysfunction, prognosis, care required while in the military, disability as applicable, yada, yada, yada.

    So, when this type question is asked "I have X; it doesn't bother me, but I still have it; what are my chances of.....?" There NO way DoDMERB or a Service waiver authority can accurately answer:thumb:
     
  6. thegrum

    thegrum New Member

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    Thank you for reply and the helpful information.

    I feel better about having my daughter proceed with the medical to identify if she evaluated to have Raynaud's and whether she could receive a waiver based on the level of severity (e.g. lack of) of her condition.

    TheGrum
     
  7. MullenLE

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    U R welcome:thumb:
     

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