Rotc not for me???

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  1. jaguarsoldier

    jaguarsoldier New Member

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    I 'M A COLLEGE STUDENT WHO WANTS TO JOIN ROTC SO BAD, BUT IT SEEMS THAT IT MIGHT NOT HAPPEN AFTER ALL.
    I APPLIED AND DID MY PHYSICAL EXAM EVERYTHING WAS GOING GREAT UNTIL I GOT MY DODMERB RESULT AND I WAS DENIED FOR ASTIGMATISM.
    I TRIED TO GET A WAIVER I EVEN EMAIL MR. MULLEN BUT HE TOLD ME THAT IT WAS UP TO ROTC TO DECIDE IF I WAS ABLE TO APPLY TO A WAIVER. I BEEN TRYING TO CONTACT THE MAIN PERSON ON ROTC IN CHARGE OF WAIVERS TO SEE IF IM ELEGIBLE FOR A WAIVER BUT HES ON VACATION RIGHT NOW. IF I DONT GET A WAIVER BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN ROTC FOR THE UPCOMING SEMESTER. I DONT WANT TO GIVE UP WITHOUT A FIGHT ANY HELP OR ADVICE WOULD BE HELPFUL.. ALSO IF I DONT TRY TO JOIN THE NATIONAL GUARD WOULD I ALSO BE DENIED FOR MY ASTIGMATISM WOULD ANY BRANCH TAKE ME?

    THANKS IN ADVANCE:thumb::thumb::rolleyes:
     
  2. mariner116

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    Which branch of ROTC (Army, Navy, AF) are you trying to join? I beleive each branch manages its own waiver process and also can have different medical requirements (especially in the vision area).
     
  3. The OC Josh

    The OC Josh Member

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    I'm pretty sure you can still enroll in the Basic ROTC Classes(Freshman/Sophomore) without being DODMERB qualified.
    That being said, you should talk to the Officer in charge of ROTC at your school. They are the ones who can personally help you through the DODMERB process.
     
  4. jaguarsoldier

    jaguarsoldier New Member

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    army rotc they already told me I'm disqualified I'm trying to get a waiver and see if it gets approved
     
  5. gojack

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    Have you checked with your local Lasik clinic and see if your astigmatism is correctable? I believe if you can reduce it to 3 diopters or less you may be waiverable.
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    first off, thanks for turning off the caps. Who is the "they" that told you you were disqualified? If you were doing your DODMERB through the Battalion, you need to have them submit the waiver request. You can't do this on your own. Who are you working with at your Battalion? LASIK is definitely not the way to get qualified quickly. Once you have LASIK you will be DQ until 6 months pass and you get reexamined. If there are no complications you can get a waiver.

    I've got two of our cadet's files in the Cadet Command Surgeons box right now waiting for waivers.

    In the meantime OC is right, there is no reason not to enroll in ROTC class for the fall.
     
  7. Pima

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    I agree about Lasik, AFROTC cadets are told not to go down this route unless you have approval. Even than it is PRK. From there you will need to get approval from a DodMerb POV. You can't just call up Doc Smith and make the appointment, they want a DodMerb approved doc because eyes are not something to take lightly.

    Anything medical is not somewhere you grab the ball and go with it on your own. You get it cleared by DodMerb first and then go with it.
     
  8. dunninla

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    the reason pilots (Air Force, Navy, Marines) are not allowed to have LASIK is that it weakens the ability of the eye to withstand the Gs encountered in flight maneuvers.

    The Navy does give PRK to mids at the Academy.

    I would assume the Army has its own standards.
     

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