Should I attempt to fight my DQ?

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  1. scottlyn

    scottlyn New Member

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    Hi, I guess I'm just looking for some guidance on this. I have been medically disqualified for history of Eczema after 12th birthday. I don't know if trying to fight this would be beneficial in any way. I only ask because I have not had any issues and what's causing the problem is the fact that I have prescriptions to help curb my itching. Technically for my "eczema" but it is exacerbated from the dog and cat in my household (I'm allergic to both). So because my eczema is only being treated because of my animal allergies I don't know if I should try to challenge my DQ, if that is even a possibility, or if I should just ride it out. Any help/similar experiences would help me greatly!!
     
  2. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Moderator

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    You can always appeal it. What's the worst they can say, no. So you are right back to where you are.

    Just one mention... Often DQs aren't about the now, but what about the future. Can your body handle the horrible conditions of being deployed for a length of time, in dirt, heat, cold, around animals, little hygiene, etc. What happens if this flares up when you are leading troops or out on ops for a few weeks and run out of medicine? Will your symptoms be worse in a flare up in these conditions? Your troops lose their leader. And yes I have Navy friends who have been in these conditions over the last 10 years too. We often here candidates say I have no issue and I do those and that and have zero problems. It's not about that, it's about being in front of your men and women and being able to lead them with no issues in the most severe conditions.
     
  3. scottlyn

    scottlyn New Member

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    I understand completely and have considered just that. I haven't ever had issues that would lead me to not be able to fulfill any possible obligations, but unfortunately that's not my call. So if I appeal it and that gets denied, will I still be reviewed for a waiver? I assume so, but I don't know much about the process.
     
  4. NavyHoops

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    Remember DODMERB qualifies and the commissioning source waivers, it's why you might get a waiver from a SA but not ROTC or one SAand not another. Some conditions are not waiverable per DODMERB guidelines.
     
  5. Falcon A

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    I am not a doctor, but I believe the only reason to "fight the DQ" is if you can provide medical evidence that you did not have the condition after your 12th birthday.

    It may be "better" and quicker for you to pursue the medical waiver and provide your additional information to the waiver authority for their consideration.
     
  6. sheriff3

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    Scottlyn, from your post it looks like you agree you do have the condition so there is really nothing to fight. My advice is to gather all pertinate medical records and send them to DoDMERB so they will be in your file so the waiver authority can access them. Also if possible find a retired military allergist to examine you to see if you still have the condition and the level of severity. Have the Dr. write a letter and (you) send it along with the medical exam to DoDMERB. We did this and I truly believe having the retired military Dr. do a new exam made all the difference in the world. Good luck.
     
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    LawyerLynn Just a dad

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    It is worth it to get additional info. in to show the condition is not an issue and request your file be reviewed again. My DS was DQ'd for asthma after 13 (which just wasn't correct) we got additional info. (including a pulmonary function test he had at 15 for football eligibility) and sent it in and the DQ code was removed.
     
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    I think there may be some confusion. DoDMERB has a list of conditions that they use to determine if someone is DQ. They aren't the doctors nor the waiver authority. They follow that list. You can call DoDMERB directly, but I'm pretty sure that they don't rescind the DQ if you meet the conditions on the list.

    If you are deemed competitive and ROTC/SA wants to look at you more closely, then they will request a waiver at which point all the additional information is formally requested from you. It doesn't hurt to send it in early so the information is already there for a waiver authority to review.
     
  10. 7Okeys

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    Was curious if you were able to get a waiver for this. Thanks.
     
  11. scottlyn

    scottlyn New Member

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    No not yet. I just got a letter in the mail a few days ago requesting medical records pertaining to the eczema.
     
  12. Navy87

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    Good luck and be persistent. My DD had been given asthma meds just after age 12 that we kept refilling, but went unused. CGA wouldn't waive even after passing a methacholine challenge. NROTC allowed her to join the unit without scholarship and then if she cleared by DEC, they would back pay her scholarship. They did this to make sure that after a year with out meds (really even more) that she would be ok. She cleared, they back paid her scholarship and she is now slated to be the XO of her unit next year.
     
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