N3M denied for invalid reason...!

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  1. purpleyuki

    purpleyuki New Member

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    *The same post was created on Military.com Joining the Navy forum and it was posted by myself. So hopefully no spam report here...! I copied and pasted the post I created.


    My story is fairly lengthy.

    To begin, I started my application to be enlisted as an active duty last September. Took ASVAB and full physical in late November, and got my contract as E-3 AM in early December (after a few bumps from minor med-holds). My original ship date was May 26th of this year. I started developing scaly skin behind my neck, which caused some irritation but never thought it was a big deal and left it as it is until the ship out date.

    Turns out during the minor medical inspection before swear-in the inspector saw the skin behind my neck, started suspecting psoriasis. After contacting Navy medical waiver department he said my ship out is canceled, got 3P and I need to see the doctor within 48 hours and get the condition treated. He said I would be lucky if it wasn't psoriasis since the condition is most likely not to get the waiver.

    I came home, devastated, and went to doctor 2 days later to get it checked. Luckily the doctor saw the scar and said it is DEFINITELY not a psoriasis but the fungal infection called tinea capitis. Doctor said it was definitely treatable, and prescribed me a steroid cream to apply it twice daily. I got healed completely (with the exception of the minor hyper-pigmentation on skin... just slightly dark skin area) and got the doctor's note - stating my condition was not psoriasis but tinea capitis, and my condition was treated- on June 15th. I immediately submitted my doctor's note and filled out the waiver form again on same day so my recruiter could request the medical waiver. When I submitted the doctor's note it included quite a bit of typos (since my doctor was typing quickly due to the busy schedule) and did not indicate the treatment date. But I submitted it anyways since my recruiter said despite of the flaws on the note she could understand what doctor was stating. I got the revised version - with typos fixed and included the appointment date with the explanation of hyperpigmentation - few days later just in case (My recruiter told me to hold on to it when I informed her, tho).

    About 15 days later I got informed by my recruiter that I had to fill out couple forms and statements to request another waiver - for being discharged before ship out. She said it is a low-level discharge and there shouldn't be a problem. I did what was needed, and waited until July 29th to only hear back that my medical waiver request was denied on July 24th, stating psoriasis. I was upset that my waiver got denied for the reason that is no longer valid, even with the doctor's note I submitted (and thanks to my recruiter who didn't tell me for 5 days because she was on a vacation...duh!). She said since I never got psoriasis there is a possibility to overturn the denial and asked me to write a signed statement of what happened, and I never got psoriasis and send it to her with the updated doctor's note. I already did, but highly doubt those paper works will not be processed until she comes back until mid August...Ugh!

    Has anyone experienced something like this before? Everyone has told me that this is the rare case. And I cannot believe MEPS and Waiver department have screwed me over by making me wait a month and a half just to say no for the waiver... I almost want to file complaint against them for not considering the documents submitted with the waiver request. Except I don't know how (and probably there isn't a way...). What would be the best advise in this situation? Should I change my recruiter to someone else or something? Clock is ticking. I'm already heading toward late 20's and don't have much time to be considered active duty... If there is any best advice please let me know!!
     
  2. Jcc123

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    This is a forum for people interested in ROTC or one of the Service Academies. You'll probably have better luck elsewhere.
     
  3. purpleyuki

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    Oops. Thanks for letting me know!
     

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