Scoliosis....waiver?

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  1. Natk2013

    Natk2013 New Member

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    Hello all, I am a prospective candidate for the USNA class of 2017. I feel comfortable (well as comfortable as I can) with my GPA and test scores and extracurricular activities. However, today I received some daunting news. After going in for a sports physical, scoliosis was found. In my upper back region, it is under the 20 degree dq limit, but in my lumbar region, I am at about a 46 degree lean. :thumbdown: I am really very nervous after hearing this. My doctors have never seen it before, and it has never affected my ability to perform physical tasks. I am wondering if this condition is waiver-able...at least to the extent I have it. I did read that it is extremely hard to get a waiver for "severe scoliosis" based on the Cobb scale, however, mine is only considered moderate. Based on this info or any other outside knowledge you have, what do you think my chances of waiver are?
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Unfortunately I don't have much experience with scoliosis waivers. I can tell you that a waiver for aviation would be tough to get, but I can't speak to waivers for commissioning on this one with any authority at all.
     
  3. Natk2013

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    Thank you very much...does anyone else have experience with this? It's really making me nervous...

    On a side note, if my doctor says it does not impact me physically, would that be helpful? To DoDMERB, I mean, would that help them consider giving me a waiver?
     
  4. Bullet

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    I would refer you to here:

    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=22746&highlight=Scoliosis

    Here, let me repeat post #5 for you. What do you know? It was posted by me! Please allow myself to quote myself for you :smile: :

    See? It CAN happen! You just need to check into it. The worse part of fearing the unknown is that it is unknown. YOU need to do the research and get the information to make it known to you, and then you can go on fro there....
     

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