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  1. CAnderson197

    CAnderson197 Candidate Appointee

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    Hello,

    I have a question, and this appears to be the perfect location to find an answer to it.

    I recently receieved a letter from DODMERB stating that my asthma has caused me to be disqualified for my 4-Year USAR ROTC Scholarship, however my Asthma was pediatric, much before the age of 13. My last flair-up was at around age 9-10.

    Let me give you a little backup about myself:

    -I'm a 4 year varsity letterman in wrestling (2006-2007 Captain)
    -3 Year varsity letterman in football
    -My Pres. Fitness test scores:

    1 mile run: 6:21
    Pushups: 89
    Situps: 59

    -I've been a state ranked wrestler for the past 3 years, this year my finishing rank ending at #5, also was considered one of the top division 2 prospects for college wrestling.

    Now does that sound like an asthmatic to you?

    I have sent in the leter for an appeal for a waiver, what are the chances that I will receive said waiver?
     
  2. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    CAnderson197,

    DoDMERB must have found something in your medical records where there was a diagnosis of asthma after the 13th birthday. Unfortunately for DoDMERB if its in your medical records they have to disqualify. The wavier authority will look at all medical information and make a determination based on that information in your medical records.

    I would also submit a personal statement concerning the asthma. I would include when you first started having issues with the asthma, when the last time you took medication for it, and when the last time you had any asthma symptoms. I would also include a statement concerning the activities that you currently participate in.

    As stated above, the wavier authorities will look at your medical records, and they can also take into account your personal statement. Depending on the severity of the asthma, when the last time you took medication, and when the last time it was diagnosed. A pretty good rule of thumb is that if you haven't taken medication, or had a diagnosis of asthma in the last 3 years, a waiver is more likely.

    If you have any other questions please feel free to let me know.
     
  3. CAnderson197

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    Do I submit the person statement with the waiver request, or do I submit it with the waiver packet they send me?
     
  4. CAnderson197

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    Submitted with my medical records was a person statement from my doctor saying that I am not an asthmatic and the results of a peakflow test which put me at the 100th percentile. Any particular reason this was ignored?
     
  5. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    It wasn't ignored by DoDMERB, if there was a note in your medical records with a diagnosis of asthma after the age of 13, DoDMERB has to disqualify, they are black and white. It is information that the waiver authority can use.

    You should send you letter to DoDMERB requesting that they forward it to the wavier authority.
     
  6. CAnderson197

    CAnderson197 Candidate Appointee

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    Great news, I got a letter from DODMERB stating that an important change my medical status was made in my file and I was granted a waiver for the asthma that I had when I was younger, I didn't even have to go for a physical or anything along those lines.

    Thanks for all the help RetNavyHM!
     
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    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    Congratulations on the waiver! Hopefully the rest of the admissions process goes as well!

    I'm glad I could give you a little assistance in the process!
     
  8. CAnderson197

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    Just out of curiosity, now that my waiver has been granted, what else could go wrong? Lol....Preparing for the worst.
     
  9. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    Now you need to wrap yourself in bubble wrap, get yourself a bubble to live in, and find a nice padded room that you won't have to leave for the next 3 months.

    Really, just try not to do anything stupid that could get you hurt (I know, asking a teenager not to do stupid stuff is like trying to keep my dog from drinking out of the toilet), and just enjoy the last 3 months or so of freedom!

    From a medical standpoint, unless anything changes in your health, you are good to go.
     
  10. CAnderson197

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    So, wrestling at Senior Nationals is probably a bad idea?
     
  11. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    Its not a bad idea as long as you don't get hurt.. the decision is yours.
     
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    Let's put it this way, my son is an avid Ice Hockey Player and for the first time in 12 years did not play Hockey this season because he was worried about injury............bubble wrap??? wish I had some.
     
  13. CAnderson197

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    Yeah, I'm not sure if I don't want to wrestle Senior Nationals, after 2 poor performances at the Underclassmen and Junior Nationals, I think this year might be the year. But the 110,000.00 this scholarship is worth is alot more important to me, decisions, decisions...
     

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