waiver process

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  1. sheriff3

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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.
     
  2. A6&F18driver

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    Waiver Paperwork

    Sheriff3,

    I was about to post a similar question and realized it might be better to include them in the same thread.

    Without knowing the reaction your son had when he was younger, it might be worth an appointment with an allergist to build a record of evidence proving that he does not have any reactions.

    From my research and discussions with flight surgeons and the medical community at the Pentagon (I am a reservist out there), having a report from a specialist can be quite helpful.

    That is what we are in the midst of doing now too.

    If anyone with experience in this area can comment on my re-located post below, I would very much appreciate it.

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    My DD received a NROTC scholarship at her desired college, and she has already been accepted at the school. We are about to schedule her DODMERB exam, which leads to my question below.

    As a toddler, she was diagnosed with an allergy to peanuts - the two times she tried peanut butter she hated it, cried and threw up. Over the course of her childhood, she avoided peanuts as a precaution, but never had any reactions to restaurant or store-bought food containing "trace amounts" of peanuts. In fact, we just discovered that the protein bars she regularly eats list peanut flour as an ingredient. As a result, we wondered if she had outgrown the reaction.

    Having gone through the DODMERB process myself for ROTC and flight school, I knew this would potentially be a DQ/Waiver event, so we met with the same allergy clinic that made the original diagnosis 15 yrs ago.

    Based on her clinical history and lack of reactions over the last 15 years, the allergist scheduled a food challenge for her. DD completed the food challenge last Thursday, and after consuming approximately 5 TBSP of peanut butter during 90 minutes, followed by another hour of precautionary observation, she had no allergic reaction. It has now been 96 hours and she is perfectly fine.

    The allergist is about to prepare his report from the food challenge. I have provided him with a copy of the DODMERB standard relating to food allergies.

    I was curious if anyone here has experience providing documentation to DODMERB to demonstrate the candidate has outgrown the initial diagnosis?

    If so, should that paperwork be brought to the initial exam?

    This forum was very helpful to us to get the relevant information to the allergist to conduct the challenge.


    Thanks in advance, for any insight or past experience about the paperwork.
     
  3. sheriff3

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    Thanks for posting. In your post you referenced "I have provided him with a copy of the DODMERB standard relating to food allergies". Can you please direct me to this information? I have decided to wait for the letter to come from AROTC CC in the next few days to figure out where the best place to start will be. More to follow.
     
  4. A6&F18driver

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    This is the language that Navy medical sent me:

    History of systemic allergic reaction to food or food additives is disqualifying. Systemic allergic reaction may be defined as a temporally related, systemic, often multi-system, reaction to a specific food. The presence of a food-specific immunoglobulin E antibody without a correlated clinical history DOES meet the standard.

    The language is somewhat confusing and counter-intuitive, but meeting the standard is a good thing. Therefore, the last sentence meas that if a blood test shows the immunoglobulin is present, but the candidate does not have a clinical history of reactions to the food, then the candidate meets the standard.
     
  5. sheriff3

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    great information. I am also wondering is the waiver request generated by the awardee or the branch of service? I have seen where the waiver is automatically requested by AFROTC and NROTC but needs to be requested by the awardee for AROTC. Thanks
     
  6. sheriff3

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    Clarksonarmy posted this on a different thread and I thought it good advice:

    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.
     
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