Medical Waiver

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  1. scutrules

    scutrules Member

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    Hello. I'm currently in ROTC (on scholarship) and I just had to submit a medical waiver for depression. I've been taking antidepressants for almost a year now. Does anyone have any experience with these waivers? Any chance of actually getting a waiver? Or am I out of luck?

    Note: It's a BUMED waiver, not a DODMERB waiver.
     
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  2. Pima

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    I believe that is an automatic DQ since you are on prescriptions. Mabry may be able to assist you in navigating the system.

    Remember DoDMERB only quals or DQs, it is the commissioning source that determines if a candidate will be offered a waiver. Thus, it maybe possible AROTC/NROTC will waive, whereas AFROTC may not. DoDMERB is not involved in that decision. It might be beneficial if you feel comfortable to state which ROTC branch.
    ~ There are other forums that posters belong to that might also assist. IE many AF posters also belong to www.baseops.net and they have a dedicated doc on their site for medical questions. I recall reading that the Navy has a site too, but can't recall the name. I am sure the Army has something too.

    I am curious if you are on scholarship how did you get this far down the pike. 1 year on meds. It has always been my assumption that if your medical condition changed you were to inform them immediately. Hence, my remark about getting this becoming an issue now with a diagnosis of a year.
     
  3. scutrules

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    I'm in Navy ROTC. My unit has been informed for a while but they waited to put a waiver request in so that my treatment could continue and they could see how I was progressing.
     
  4. Pima

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    In essence you are saying you have support from your unit. That is important. I don't know how this will play out, it could be a waiver or an ETP (exception to Policy), you just need to roll with it.

    The reason I had asked was if you are commissioning soon, they could turn and say that you did not inform them according to their regulations and require you to payback the scholarship.

    I wish you the very best, and before you fret over this, please remember you are sitting better because you have CoC support.
     
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    Thank you for your responses. My CoC were actually the ones who recommended I see someone professionally. I'm hoping to hear back soon. This is a very stressful process, especially after working so hard in this program.
     

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