waiver process

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  1. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

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    DS received an AROTC scholarship to CU Boulder on Friday and we are very excited for him. He has had his DODMERB exam back in August since he was a USMMA canidate. He was disqualified for previous food allergies when he was 4-5 years old. Treated and no issues what so ever since then. We have a letter from our family doctor who has been our Primary Care Phyisican since my son was born stating he has no allergies. My questions are.
    1. Will AROTC ask DODMERB for his medical records soon?
    2. Is there somewhere/someone I can send the doctors statement to?
    3. Does anybody have any experience with this type of waiver?

    Thanks for the feedback. I will also post this question on the DODMERB thread. I posted here since the DODMERB thread is not nearly as active.
     
  2. Pima

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    1. AROTC will use the DoDMERB exam that USMMA used. Waivers are branch by branch.
    2. You can submit all of his records as a defense.
    3. Waivers are case by case, and unfortunately you have not given a detail regarding his food allergy.

    I.E Peanuts is different than strawberries. Peanut oil is rarely used in schools now, because kids have allergies. You can't and shouldn't assume that for the Army. Hard to get strawberries in the field, and if they do they can avoid them.

    I have to ask:
    How is it your family doc treated him for a food allergy when he was 4-5 and than stated he has no allergies?

    No offense, but this is why they use DoDMERB docs, not family docs. There is a discrepancy.

    I have to ask, did USMMA ask for a waiver? That is important.
     
  3. sheriff3

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    Pima, thanks for the quick reply. Son's allergies were to soy and dairy products. Never had a problem with other stuff. He was treated (desensetized) by a ph d level non-traditional healer (NAET). Our family doc was so impressed with the results he actually started sending some patients to this non-traditional healer for allergy treatments. The items that my son was previously allergic to I.E. dairy and soy are now consumed in copious amounts in the form of cheese pizza, ice cream, chocolate milk... Based on the review of my sons medical history as written previously by our family doc and seeing what he can eat now and for the last 14 years our family MD is able to state "no known allergies or communicable diseases". I would gladly pay for a second opinion by a board certified allergist of the DOD's choosing if that is what it would take.
    The USMMA never asked for a waiver as DS decided he would rather pursue a career in the Army and never completed the entire USMMA application/process. Current DODMERB shows as DQ'd
    My hope in asking these questions was since DS already has had the medical exam I wanted to be proactive and start the waiver process ASAP and get the ball rolling toward a resolution. If we were to send MD's statement do you know to whom and to where we would send it to? Thanks again for your input.
     
  4. Pima

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    You have to let the process work their way. AROTC will request the waiver, you don't.

    They will send you to their DoDMERB specialists if need be.

    Have his medical records to be prepared.

    I would wait on the DoDMERB thread for more guidance.
     
  5. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Let's start with the first step. Did you try to rebut the DODMERB DQ. If he doesn't have the allergy anymore. Send a request for reconsideration up to DODMERB with supporting documentation to see if they will change the finding.

    If that doesn't work I would contact Cadet Command (your scholarship processor) and ask to get a waiver request started. I would also involve the ROO at Boulder, who may be able to help. Last year I tried to jump start a waiver request for one of my scholarship winners. I got some pushback because the winner wasn't enrolled at the college yet. You and the ROO have to be persistent, otherwise you'll be arriving on campus still not knowing who will be paying for school. Not a pleasant position to be in.

    this one doen't sound like it will be an issue, but there is no telling with DODMERB and waivers. I have been surprised in the past.
     
  6. sheriff3

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    clarksonarmy thanks for the reply. I just sent a follow up with supporting documents to DoDMERB help line looking for direction and help. I was waiting for the letter of scholarship notification before contacting CC and the ROO. DS is already accepted to school with deposits for housing paid last month so we are good to go on that front. Hopefully with him already accepted the ROO can wield a bigger stick and may be more motivated help out. Thanks again for your insight.
    BTW what does ROO stand for?
     

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