Waiver Question

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  1. KELLYS3ANGELS

    KELLYS3ANGELS Member

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    I see a lot of people posting about waivers...do a lot of people need waivers? And what types of things are people needing waivers for?

    My son has his exam this Monday and all this has me worried. He has no known issues that we are aware of that should keep him from being qualified, but it just seems there are a lot of people talking about that on here.

    What has him worried is some injuries from wrestling that we had to list but he has no restrictions or problems from resulting from these...it's just the fact that they have to be listed.

    Anyone care to shed some light on this for me? Thank you so much! I will just be glad when everything is a go!
     
  2. NoodlersDad

    NoodlersDad Member

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    Waivers are needed for those Cardinal medical issues the DODMERB don't like to see. The common ones I've seen are food allergies, braces, color vision, history of broken bones, knee surgeries, psychological issues, or any recent orthopedic issues that have required surgery, physical therapy or the need for a brace during Exercise. I'm sure there are more out there but those seem to be the most common. Every branch has their own physical standards. For example, color vision issues are a no no for Navy and Coast Guard but Army and Marine Corps have a much lower standard. There is no way to know until the boat reviews the history and physical. Hope this helped.
     
  3. 2018Class

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    My son was injured when he got hit by a baseball. He had to have surgery and has fully recovered. However, he is still listed as being medically disqualified. I believe it depends on the specific injury whether or not a waiver will be needed. I think there might be specific things that will automatically be a disqualification like using an asthma inhaler after age 13, taking anti depressants after a specific age, or taking ADD medication after a certain age and for a certain amount of time. I don't really know about those conditions, but have read about people who have been disqualified for such things.
     
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  4. navymomwannabe

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    DS passed DODMERB pretty easily and that was with bi-lateral inguinal hernia surgery (age 14) which they didn't even ask about and a couple concussions (football and wrestling) and facets syndrome (he was in a back brace for 12 hours a day for 6 weeks) which they did ask for more information about. Once we sent in the additional documentation, he was qualified fairly quickly. Frankly I was surprised it was so easy.

    good luck!
     
  5. KELLYS3ANGELS

    KELLYS3ANGELS Member

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    First, I always forget to say, this is for AROTC. Thanks for all the info! DS has had several minor injuries (like most boys), with no surgery and one wrestling injury that we initially thought was to his neck, but after further examination determined it just to be a concussion (thankfully) but again no surgery and no complications from it.

    Thanks again for all the info...I think I am just being paranoid!
     
  6. EDelahanty

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    I don't think you're being paranoid. Don't take anything I say as a diagnosis, but a history of concussion could potentially come under the following Army Standards of Medical Fitness. This could trigger a request for a remedial examination or a DQ/waiver situation. There was a post a couple of months ago by DODMERB Deputy Director Larry Mullen which offered some very helpful suggestions. It could make sense to head a DQ off at the pass if the concussion occurred a while ago and your doctor has cleared your son.

    f. Head injury (854.0).
    (1) History of head injury will be disqualifying if associated with any of the following:
    (a) Post-traumatic seizure(s) occurring more than 30 minutes after injury.
    (b) Persistent motor or sensory deficits.
    (c) Impairment of intellectual function.
    (d) Alteration of personality.
    (e) Unconsciousness, amnesia, or disorientation of person, place, or time of 24-hours duration or longer post-injury.
    (f) Multiple fractures involving skull or face (804).
    (g) Cerebral laceration or contusion (851).
    (h) History of epidural, subdural, subarachnoid, or intercerebral hematoma (852).
    (i) Associated abscess (326) or meningitis (958.8).
    (j) Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea (349.81) or otorrhea (388.61) persisting more than 7 days.
    (k) Focal neurologic signs.
    (l) Radiographic evidence of retained foreign body or bony fragments secondary to the trauma and/or operative
    procedure in the brain.
    (m) Leptomeningeal cysts or Arteriovenous Fistula.
    (2) History of moderate head injury (854.03) does not meet the standard. After 2 years post-injury, applicants may
    be qualified if neurological consultation shows no residual dysfunction or complications. Moderate head injuries are
    defined as unconsciousness, amnesia, or disorientation of person, place, or time alone or in combination, of more than
    1 and less than 24-hours duration post-injury, or linear skull fracture.

    (3) History of mild head injury (854.02) does not meet the standard. After 1 month post-injury, applicants may be
    qualified if neurological evaluation shows no residual dysfunction or complications. Mild head injuries are defined as a
    period of unconsciousness, amnesia, or disorientation of person, place, or time, alone or in combination of 1 hour or
    less post-injury.
     
  7. KELLYS3ANGELS

    KELLYS3ANGELS Member

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    Thank you for that information EDelahanty. He was knocked unconscious, but it was less than 30 seconds and although a bit dizzy was immediately able to answer questions. The injury occurred in January 2012 with no further complications thankfully and he was cleared to wrestle again. Unfortunately that was semi-state so he was done for that season. He decided not to wrestle this year to concentrate on JROTC and Raiders and has had no problems. We go today, so the wait will begin to see what they say.
     

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