Medical Waivers

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  1. Skye

    Skye New Member

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    My DS has had his application completed since October including a nomination from his NJROTC instructor and his DOBMERB. He found out that he is color deficient during his exam. He is also being recruited by one of the minor sport coach's. I have a couple of questions:
    1) His Application status states: Complete Pending Review, and under Required Actions it says: Complete Medical Qualification Exam. The coach has stated that DS has been applied for a "waiver", but the Application status does not reflect that. Is there something else he should be doing or does he trust his coach.
    2) Since he will need a waiver, when does USNA let students know that they have qualified. I quess what I am really asking is what is the drop dead date that USNA lets students know if they have an appointment or not. The DS has a number of other coaches that want him to commit, but the USNA is his first priority.

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    There is nothing he needs to do about the waiver. USNA grants or not... no action required.
    Yhere is no fixed timeline on granting a waiver. It can sometimes take months.
     
  3. Skye

    Skye New Member

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    Thank you, I guess he will have his answer by the middle of April from everything that I have read on this site. Plan B is in place if the appointment does not happen.
     
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    I believe USNA states candidates know will mid-April (most years it is April 15th given as the date). There are some candidates who wait beyond that as they round out slots, but USNA usually informs them of this as they are on the wait list. I am not an expert or authority on the color blind /waiver side, but don't be surprised if your DS doesn't know for quite a while. USNA tends to wait to see how many color blind qualified applicants they have before racking and stacking things for the waivers. If I remember correctly USNA limits color blind waivers to 20 and that is why they tend to wait. I am not saying in any way this is what will happen with your DS, but this tends to be the pattern for the majority of those needing a color blind waiver. The good news is with your DS being recruited the coaches have POCs who help them with visibility of their applicants and can see how things are progressing. Best of luck to your DS!
     
  5. mb1395

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    I second the post above me; you will be waiting a while-at least until April, most likely. Color blindness waivers are granted (one of my classmates got one), but they are rare. Also keep in mind that your son will be restricted line, so supply corps, IW, or another specialty awaits if he chooses to accept an appointment.
     

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