Question Regarding DoDMERB

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  1. JG1995

    JG1995 New Member

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    Hello everyone. I have a quick question about what I can expect to receive from my forthcoming Dodmerb exam for the Naval Academy. Here's the background info:10 months ago I underwent surgery on my right knee (patellar tendon graft) for a torn ACL. I have been 100% cleared by both my surgeon and physical therapist (should I get this in writing?) for the past 3 months and last week I took the CFA. I earned a perfect score, including a 5:13 mile, and I am showing and feeling no ill effects from the surgery.

    Question: Will my surgery automatically qualify for a medical DQ, or will my current physical state allow me to be deemed medically qualified (when only considering this surgery; I understand there are other potential DQ's )? If this is a stupid question I apologize--I am new to the forum.
    Thanks
     
  2. Pbravo1

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    Get all of your medical records including a letter from the doctor now, so you have it ready.
     
  3. JG1995

    JG1995 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply, I have learned that DoDMERB requires 12 months to qualify a candidate with knee surgery, but I will have every document I can find to get a waiver because I'm pretty sure I will be DQ'ed--if only my surgery happened 2 months earlier:( Regardless, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get this waiver as my CFA already proved that my leg is in working order.
     
  4. coastiefam

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    We are going through a similiar issue with my son's shoulder. He is fully healed and so when he had the DODMERB exam the doctor wrote "full range of motion, no restrictions."

    The next step was that DODMERB requested an administrative remedial - meaning they wanted all our medical records pertaining to the injury. It was helpful to have all those on hand already and get them right back in. We also had our son write a letter to DODMERB explaining the injury, the recovery, and his current fitness level. He also included things like a copy of his varsity letter in swimming and a write up of his recreational physical activities.

    Next (less than a week later) we saw on the portal that he was DQ due to the history of the "instability". DODMERB has no choice but to DQ when it is an issue on their list of DQ factors.

    Now (1 day later) status has changed to "pending waiver"

    I would imagine your process might follow a similiar path. I would recommend having all your medical records copied and ready to go.

    Hope this helps and that a beautiful "Qualified" is in your future!
     
  5. Pbravo1

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    If it helps, I was told that they would not even consider a medical waiver until I was medically cleared. You are cleared, so if DQ'd, they could start right away.
     
  6. Cadet 2018

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    Good luck in your medical process! Just to let you know, I had my ACL reconstruction a little less than two years ago. I have full range of motion and absolutely no restrictions, which the DODMERB doctor observed. Unfortunately today though, I received a disqualification for my ACL. The reason being is that DODMERB lists a "history of uncorrected/corrected ACL/PCL surgery" as a disqualifying condition. This means that even if you are perfectly healthy, you will receive a DQ just for simply having the surgery. This is not to say that you cannot easily get a waiver for this. I am sure with a few bits of paperwork and maybe a doc appt you will be good to go. Anyways, good luck and let me know if you have any ?s throughout the process, I have begun my pursuit of a waiver and will let you know. Congrats with the CFA though, keep your head up.
     

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