Need DoDMERB Before Board Review?

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  1. Eighth Lock

    Eighth Lock Member

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    Hey, I'm pretty much finished with my application (only BGO interview left), and was just a little curious about when my application might go in front of the board.

    Currently I'm in the process of getting a DoDMERB waiver, which hopefully should be coming shortly (of course with the waiver process that could be any length of time). Will my application be held up by the waiver process, or will they review my application and make a decision, conditional on my getting a waiver?
     
  2. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    Since it's relatively early in the admissions process your package can go before the board without your DoDMERB, CFA and the nomination (you should be in the process of applying for the nom). Your BGO interview will have to be complete before going to the board. It is only in extenuating circumstances later on in the application process (say you were completing your package in late December and you've never made contact with your BGO) that you might (emphasizing might) go before the board without a BGO interview.

    Side note:
    I'm extremely frustrated with a few of my candidates this year. After multiple phone calls and messages I have had no response. IF you are no longer interested in applying to a specific academy saddle up and make that phone call to your BGO and let them know that you wish to withdraw.
    Point two: it is up to you to communicate with your BGO your schedule; we should not have to hunt you down for an interview, we're busy working people who are trying our best to complete your interview in a timely manner. All to often I see candidates who proclaim that their schedule is really busy (understandable) and then when it comes to crunch time needs an interview at the last moment (we may not be able to accommodate your request due to work or travel commitments). Making application to any SA is your first lesson in time management.

    Respectfully stepping off my soap box :)
     
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  3. MullenLE

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    The DoDMERB results are INDEPENDENT of being offerred a conditional appointment. However, the conditions of a conditional appointment?Letter of Assurance are that an applicant be nominated, pass the CFA, and a DoDMERB determination of MEETS medical standards OR is waiver granted by the USNA:thumb:
     
  4. Karek

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    So if I understand, a candidate can be reviewed even if the only thing left is the CFA? My son has qualified and completed everything including DODMERB except the CFA. For USNA when does realistically CFA need to be done? Thank you! Everyone here is great!
     
  5. MullenLE

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    I'll defer to USNA1982BGO as to that answer, but, if I were an applicant, I would want to have everything completed as soon as possible. I would not procrastinate anything. On the other hand, if the CFA is causing some problems, obviously, you take it when it is no longer a problem and you can be successful:thumb:
     
  6. Karek

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    Thank you Mr Mullen. I know you have been a lifesaver for many on this journey and everyone appreciates all that you do!

    As for his CFA it is the pull ups that are giving him a problem. He is working on it but we began to be concerned about timing. All else on his file is strong and he hates pull ups to be his down fall.

    Thank you!
     
  7. MullenLE

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    Understand. Good luck:thumb:
     
  8. mumsyto3

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    Karek:
    Have him get a pull up bar to hang in his doorway and practice it when ever he comes in and out of his room. (I sent you a private message).
     
  9. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again :biggrin:

    Schedule your CFA early. You must take it in the prescribed order and within the time limit stated in the directions provided to your coach/PE instructor. If you are not happy with the results, don't submit them. Put yourself into a more rigorous workout mode and retake within the next week or two. I would not submit a score that is below minimum standards. You may continue to resubmit through late winter (USNA1985, if you're out there, did summer training refresh this date? To the best of my knowledge it has been through March). You don't need to max out, your goal should be for a strong score. Don't beat yourself up. They'll do that for you during Plebe Summer!
     
  10. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    You have until March 1 to complete your CFA. Please do NOT wait that long. I've posted the average CFA scores here before -- if you're close to the average and participate in varsity sports, take your CFA now and don't wait for max scores -- you can always resubmit. As a general rule (there are exceptions) USNA won't consider your package until your CFA is done.

    If you don't play varsity sports, your CFA is really the only way USNA can measure your fitness. Thus, you want to be able to do at least the average. If you're not there yet, work really hard over the next couple of months.

    For guys, the average pull-ups is 11.
     

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