Selective surgery Question

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  1. runnergirl19

    runnergirl19 New Member

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    So I've been appointed to USMA and was planning on getting an otoplasty to pin my ears back since obviously I'll be wearing my hair up pretty much 24/7. I talked to the DoDMERB help desk and they said if I did it six months out from Beast it would be fine, but because of scheduling problems the earliest I could have it done would be Feb. 14. I called DoDMERB again and they said if I had it done now I would have to get a waiver, which could jeopardize my appointment. It's a minor surgery, done under local anesthesia, and I can return to running and exercising in two weeks. Should I get it done anyway? What's my chance of getting a waiver and how long would it take?
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I wouldn't do it. It's a cosmetic and totally elective procedure. Why bother chancing anything.
     
  3. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    I agree with kp2001,

    If you read the Sticky Posting above regarding waivers there is one line I would pay particular attention to.

    It states that waivers being granted can depend on the needs of the military. basically in the past they were more likely to grant waivers because they were way below their commissioning mission, not so anymore. Doing something that would now require a waiver is very risky in a time when they are cutting back on admissions to all the SA's and ROTC. If you choose to go ahead realize there is a good chance you will be dropped for another applicant that does not need a waiver, of course the decision is up to you, the question, is the risk worth it.
     
  4. runnergirl19

    runnergirl19 New Member

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    Thanks for the replies! I think I'll just play it safe and forget about it.
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Don't forget about it completely, just wait until after you are commissioned to worry about it.
     

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