Needing Two Waivers...

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  1. Melitzank

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    I asked this in my other question where I asked about 5 other questions, but it didn`t really get answered so I`ll try again. I`m a sophomore and working on achieving my dream to go to USNA. I`m pretty sure I`ll require two waivers:

    1. I have some tics...I`ve had them since I was 6, and they have decreased GREATLY since then, and are just some eye twitches. I`m hoping that they`ll disappear soon. Never taken any meds, and I used to see a neurologist, and the last time I`ve been was in the 5th grade, about 5 years ago or so. I`m thinking if I can prove that they`ve been barely anything for the past few years, and if they completely go away somewhat soon then I have a shot (no matter how big or small) at getting a waiver? Some automatically assume Tourette`s Syndrome, but this is NOT what I have...Tourette`s include vocal tics, and I just have a couple facial ones.

    2. I have feet that overpronate due to shoes worn that had no support...I`ve always had low arches, and that didn`t help. So I was given some orthotics to wear. I`ve had them for about three years, and haven`t been wearing them for a while, but have restarted wearing them and am planning on wearing them until my feet are OK again. The doc said that if I wear them enough before my bones permanently set, my feet would be OK. But I was stupid and didn`t really wear them for the past year. Big difference when I wear them, so I`m going to be wearing them every day now in hopes that it`s not to late. IF my feet turn out to be OK by the time I apply, would I need a waiver because of wearing orthotics? Are these waivers easily granted? I know that I wouldn`t be able to wear the orthotics while at USNA.

    So, yes, I have two issues...and I know 1 waiver is hard to get these days let alone two... I`m sure people have gotten 2 (or maybe even more) waivers before, but what about recently? And would these be "minor" or "major" waivers...types of problems that aren`t that big of a deal, or are they?

    Secondly, would it help (with the overpronation problem) by me maxing out on the CFA? I plan to do my best anyhow, but would a really high score help? I also run track, and it doesn`t hamper me in any way...I`m not a star athlete, but I plan on running even better for the next three seasons. So would this help show how I can still do well?

    Thanks for reading this long and drawn out question, and I know all of you can`t exactly answer it, as you`re not DODMERB, but any ideas? I appreciate it!:smile:
     
  2. jbishsta

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    Just so you know: I am a candidate for the class of 2017, so I'm not an authority on this. I can't help you with your first issue, but I also wear orthotics for pronation (I pretty much only wear them for sports now) and I did not require a waiver or a remedial. So my guess would be that you wouldn't need a waiver, but that's just based on my experience.
     
  3. Melitzank

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    Thanks. That gives me some hope, although I know it varies.
     
  4. kdc246

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    I don't really think any one on this site can give you "odds" on getting a waiver. It is best to just go through the process with Dodmerb and then you will get the real answers you are looking for. It is the academies who process the waivers. I would have any medical records readily available and that will certainly move the process along much faster, in regards to a waiver.
     
  5. Melitzank

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    Yep, I completely understand....it`s either going to happen or it`s not, and I`m just going to have to deal with it. Thanks for the help!
     
  6. daw

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    My DS also wears orthotics for pronation that he wears all the time. Never even had a remedial, and is now a current plebe...class of 2016! :)
     
  7. Melitzank

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    Thank you for that insight, daw! That gives me hope that I might only need one waiver, which still would be tough to get, but that`s a better outlook than two waivers! :)
     

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