Patellar Mailalignment/Eczema

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  1. RancidRancid

    RancidRancid Member

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    Hi I was just wondering about waivers for the two things listed above. I don't really know much about waivers and how they work, so any insight is greatly appreciated

    Im doing NROTC MC option at Norwich University next year and haven't decided if a military career is exactly what I want to do yet, so I don't have a scholarship or anything.

    I have read its possible to get a waiver for eczema if it isn't too bad, although it really seems like it up to the discretion of the people evaluating you, my eczema was bad when I was young, but I don't even have it anymore (remission).

    I was also born with patellar mail alignment, which basically means my knees are not set straight, but are at a very slight angle. It doesn't prohibit me from doing anything, although I sometimes get occasional knee pain, but I have gone to physical therapy for it and the key really is exercise/strengthen the muscles around you knee, and in the military you get plenty of exercise so it really shouldn't be a problem; But like I said, it doesn't prohibit me from running or doing exercises now.

    Is it possible to obtain a waiver for these things?

    Thanks so much for your time.
     
  2. rkrosnar

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    Patellar Malalignment/Eczema

    RancidRancid,

    I can only speak of the eczema. My DS applied to NROTC over five years ago. He did his physical and was DQ'ed. He tried for a waiver and was denied. I can tell you some we learned during the process. Medical standards are different between the branches, as well as for enlisted and officers. He was offered a scholarship from another ROTC program, because of this. But he turned it down. He will now being graduating from Penn State University Park with a dual major in Physics/Astrophysics, math minor. He absolutely hated it there and can't wait to leave And will now have a debt of over $100,000 dollars. I am hopeful, this has change as far as the eczema goes, but I don't think so.

    Best of luck,

    RGK
     
  3. RancidRancid

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    Thank you for your response

    If you don't min me asking, was your sons eczema bad? Does it matter?
    The last time I remember having an "outbreak" was summer 8th grade.

    Also if you don't mind, what was the ROTC that offered him te scholarship; my ultimate goal is to serve, although I will be disappointed if it isn't with the Marines.
     
  4. RancidRancid

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    Also I just want t add that the problem seems to be with the administering of the small pox vaccine and that if someone with eczema is given the live virus they themselves may become infected, or die.

    That being said I have had the chicken pox vaccine, a live virus, and had no affects; could this be used an argument for a waiver?
     
  5. rkrosnar

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    Patellar Malalignment/Eczema

    RancidRancid,

    As you will read here on the forums and posts it is possible. But there is a sure thing. One thing you can do is work with NROTC Medical Command in Florida. You will also read, as I have stated before if the branch of service wants you, they will get you the waiver. To answer your questions about my DS it was Army. His eczema as far as the doctor was concerned, it wasn't bad nor should they have DQ'ed him, but it was not up to my son's doctor, it was up to the Navy. Just keep going for it. Keep me posted. I say this, at least your willing to try.

    RGK
     
  6. RancidRancid

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    I will not give up.

    Thank you again.
     

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