Waiver Pending

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  1. AcdcanDad

    AcdcanDad New Member

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    My DS received a letter from DoDMERB that said he wasn't qualified for the USNA due to a color deficiency. His DoDMERB page recently changed to waiver pending, does this mean that there is still hope?:confused:
     
  2. sheriff3

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    Yes, that is a good sign. SA will only initate a waiver review for canidates that they view as competitive. Good luck.:thumb:
     
  3. mkjw

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    Does the entry say "waiver pending" -or- "pending waiver review"?

    Waiver pending would be very good news. However, "pending waiver review" is less positive, but still better than remaining in the disqualified category.
     
  4. 17hopefull

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    I hate to give bad news but... Ds was in the same position a little over a month ago. Then his status changed to DQ and he received a letter from USNA stating that he was no longer a candidate for the class of 2017. He called admissions and was told that they no longer grant waivers for color deficiency.
    Please let me know if your out come is different because he is willing to reapply if there is a possibility that the outcome will be different.
     
  5. cb7893

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    DS received letter requesting waiver for an eye injury last fall. Eye Doc faxed and mailed his records to DoDMERB on Monday. I see nothing on his status page regarding waiver request.

    1. When should the status page change?
    2. Should we call DoDMERB to make sure they received the records?
    3. Assuming that the medical records alone will give them enough info to make a determination, how long should we expect wait for that determination?

    Thanks in advance and best of luck to all the D's hanging out there, waiting like mine. Whatever the ultimate outcome, remember, just getting this far means more than you can imagine.
     
  6. Daaltaraan

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    DS received letter requesting waiver for an eye injury last fall. Eye Doc faxed and mailed his records to DoDMERB on Monday. I see nothing on his status page regarding waiver request.

    Are you sure it was a waiver? If DodMERB is asking for more info that sounds like a remedial. They will make a final Qualification decision based off that. If it is a waiver, then the SA/ROTC will make the final decision to issue a waiver-not DoDMERB. This process doesn't have a definite timeframe. I've been at 'requested waiver' status for FIVE months now.
     
  7. cb7893

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    No, no, you are correct. Talk about a Freudian slip. We want the waiver.

    I will repeat the post (corrected):

    DS received letter requesting remedial for an eye injury last fall. Eye Doc faxed and mailed his records to DoDMERB on Monday. I see nothing on his status page regarding remedial request.

    1. When should the status page change?
    2. Should we call DoDMERB to make sure they received the records?
    3. Assuming that the medical records alone will give them enough info to make a determination, how long should we expect wait for that determination?

    Thanks in advance and best of luck to all the D's (W's and H's) hanging out there, waiting for a waiver like my DS. Whatever the ultimate outcome, remember, just getting this far means more than you can imagine.

    One more question. Does one need to formally request a waiver, or is that implied by the submission of medical records?

    Thank you Daal.
     
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  8. Maryland83

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    Who makes the waiver decisions? My son is still waiting to hear from the NA so there hasn't been any waiver requested yet. DODMERB page still says "Pending Waiver Submission/Review."

    But I contacted DODMERB and was told that they do not make the waiver decisions. They told me that each Academy/ROTC makes the waiver decisions and that DODMERB only processes those decision. I thought DODMERB doctors determined if a waiver is possible. I'm a little confused now as to how this process works if my son gets an appointment.
     
  9. Pima

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    DoDMERB only qualifies or disqualifies. The SA/ROTC makes the determination if they will waive the disqualification.

    Some DQ's are waived more frequently than others. Some DQ's will be waived by one SA and not another...i.e. color deficiency.
     
  10. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Agree with Pima.

    The SAs/ROTC programs decide whether they can and will waive the disqualification.

    Also, USNA will only consider waivers for candidates it has otherwise decided to accept; it's a workload issue. However, if a candidate is not admitted, he/she can contact the medical person in Admissions to find out if the condition is waiverable (some are/some aren't). The reason you want to do this is that it helps you decide whether to reapply. If your condition is not waiverable, then there is no reason to reapply b/c you'll end up being DQ'ed medically. If the condition is waiverable then you know that if you become a "stronger" candidate, you at least have a chance at an appointment.
     
  11. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    USNA CAN waive up to 2% of each entering class for color deficiency. That does not mean they must or even will waive that number. They could, for example, in a particular year, decide not to grant any waivers. The decision is up to the Superintendent.

    One of the "problems" is that those mids must select restricted line/staff corps or certain USMC positions. For those who don't want to be Marines, the options are limited in terms of number of available billets. So the Supe must consider the long-term consequences of handing out a large number of color deficiency waivers.
     
  12. Maryland83

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    That part about finding out whether the condition is waiverable is exactly what I wanted to know. I don't want my son to spend a year thinking he could reapply if there's no chance he gets in next year, either. Will admissions be able to give me that information and should we wait until after we get the definitive word from the USNA on an appointment? Thanks for the info!

     
  13. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Wait to see what happens this year. If it's a turndown, contact USNA after the fact (I might wait until May or June as things are less busy). The medical contact in Admissions can tell you whether the condition is potentially waiverable. If not, no use in reapplying -- move on to Plan B. If yes, go for it!
     
  14. Maryland83

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    Thanks for the info!
     

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