Orthodontics

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  1. JaredZerro

    JaredZerro Member

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    I won a four year scholarship for AROTC but will I be disqualified if I have braces for the DoDMERB? I've also been prescribed an inhaler but I haven't been officially diagnosed with asthma, it was just to see if it helped with chest pains I sometimes had.
     
  2. UndeadPoet

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    Orthodontics (i.e. "braces") shouldn't be a DQ for AROTC as long as they will be off before you commission. Inhaler may be a different story, and could at least potentially instigate a "remedial" (which is just basically a request for more information). You should probably post this on the DoDMERB thread on this site for better responses. Best of luck!
     
  3. alvarado

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    When I did my interview for the AROTC Scholarship, the interviewer asked when I was getting my braces removed. She explained that they want them off before you go into any ROTC program, due to the higher injury risk.
     
  4. Pima

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    That's what I have been told also regarding braces. The inhaler is another issue, they nay send you for a spiromemtry test.
     
  5. clarksonarmy

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    your ortho is going to spark at least a remedial. There is a form they will send you to take to your orthodontist.

    With regards to the inhaler...if you need an inhaler then you shouldn't be pursuing a commission. If you don't need an inhaler, then I would suggest you see your doctor and see if you can get rid of that prescription. Do not start or stop taking meds without consulting your doctor! When you put it down on your medical history for DODMERB it will spark at least a remedial. You will probably have to provide all medical records regarding your breathing difficulties. I would also remind you that if you fail to put it down, and then have difficulty passing the PT test because you can't run, and subsequently get disenrolled, and you try to claim a preexisting condition it won't be good.
    Bottom line with DODMERB is you won't know for sure until you start the process, and you need to be up front with all health issues.

    Good luck
     
  6. Pima

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    +1 clarkson.

    The other thing that may spark the remedial, and gave me a little knot in my stomach, is you will have to acknowledge the chest pains for the reason of getting an inhaler. Basically, a remedial means sending your medical records for the prescription, which is chest pains.

    Like clarkson said you just have to go through the process and hopefully you will just sail through the process
     
  7. JaredZerro

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    I've been a competitive runner for 4 years and this is the first time I was prescribed an inhaler so I can run with or without it. I think the chest pains were only side effects from running hard and that's a natural thing. I've never had an asthma attack or anything like that. My doctor didn't even run a test she just gave it to me.
     
  8. Pima

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    The problem is they will ask if you have any prescriptions, which your answer will be YES. The next question will be what meds and what reason. Inhaler, chest pains. Date of prescription and how long have you had it?

    The inhaler issue is common place now, because many docs for a CYA perspective prescribe them. They will probably ask for your med records and if it is a CYA issue they will see through it.
     

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