Waiver likelihood

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  1. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

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    I originally posted this on the ROTC site since DoDMerb has no function in the waiver process but in hindsight this is probably the correct location. DS was awarded a 4 yr AROTC scholarship, has taken his physical but was DQ'd for "allergic history...". DoDMERB DQ'd him last week for AROTC so I doubt they have even started looking at his file at CC.

    Background info:

    DS had mild allergic reactions to dairy and soy products when he was 4-5 years old. Was treated/outgrew allergies. Has been allergy free for 13 years with no treatments or medicine of any sort. Family MD drafted a letter attesting to his lack of allergies. Letter was sent to DoDMERB but I assume since the standard says "history of..." they had no choice but to DQ him.
    I wanted to ask those with previous experience about the likelihood DS has of getting a waiver for previous food allergies. I have seen numerous posts on peanut allergies but nothing of any depth on other food allergies.
    My questions are:
    1) What is the likelihood of a candidate getting a waiver for this from AROTC?
    2) Should I schedule an appointment with an allergist to have him tested for these foods and forward the results to DoDMERB so the waiver authority will have to review?
    3) In the event of a decline on the waiver is there an appeals process?
    4) Does anybody have any personal experience with this type of waiver?
    5) There is a lot riding on the outcome but am I being overly concerned and making too big a deal of this type of waiver?

    I have posted everything I can find on the internet about waivers. The medical waiver fact sheet I posted last week looks encouraging for those of us seeking waivers. Per the author who was the previous command surgeon over 90% of the waivers reviewed were approved. That Dr. is no longer there so I'm not sure this is still the case.

    Bottom line is this. Like all of the kids receiving ROTC scholarships and SA appointments my son has worked his tail off to get this opportunity. I would hate for him lose it due to a medical condition that he has not had for over 13 years. He is an incredible young man, fantastic son and will be successful no matter the waiver outcome. I guess I am looking to folks on this forum for some sort of reassurance for a slightly obsessive father (me)
    I appreciate any information, guidance or reassurances you can offer. Please feel free to PM me if you like. Thanks
     
  2. Pima

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    Waivers yrs ago were much easier than they are today.

    It will give you no ease, but the fact is you have to let it run the course, the Army will determine if they will waive him.

    The thing is you stated he outgrew the allergy @15 yrs ago. It might be that milk/soy is an automatic DQ regardless of when he had it, and this is just a paperwork verification that has to go up and down the chain.

    Personally, I would go to an allergist and have him tested, not for any other reason, but a definitive answer for his own health. If he is DQ'd it will help you to argue the case.

    I don't know if this paperwork has govt employees involved in the process, if so don't worry if it appears to be taking a long time. The furloughs due to sequestration will most likely impact the speed regarding waivers.

    Good luck
     
  3. sheriff3

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    Pima, thanks for your reply. I was lucky enough to find an allergist about 45 miles up the road in Colorado Springs that has set up practice. He was in the Army for 20 years and was one of their chief allergists. Until then we will just hope for the best. Thanks again.
     

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