Waiver request

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  1. djames62

    djames62 New Member

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    My sons portal states a waiver request was submitted (shell fish) is this a good sign. Also should he also receive a letter from the USAFA stating they have requested this. Thanks this process is new to us and we're very excited.
     
  2. Pima

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    Yes it is a good sign. Now does that mean an appointment will definitely be happening? No. It means he is competitive enough and they are moving forward in case he wins the apptmt for his MOC slate or will be high enough on the national pool so nothing is left in his way between offering an appointment and I Day.
     
  3. Falcon A

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    djames62 -- I agree with Pima, and good sign from USAFA Admissions

    Just curious, has your DS also applied to any other SA and/or to any of ROTC programs?
     
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    Yes DS has applied to all service academies and received noms to all from our MOC.with a principal nom to USAFA.
     
  5. Falcon A

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    djames62 -- after you send a few messages (I think it is 5 or 6?), the system will then let you send and receive Private Messages (PMs). Feel free to send me a PM if you like. Our family had some experience with the DQ for food allergies (nuts, not shell fish) last year.
     
  6. MN-Dad-2016

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    Our DS also needed a waiver. My free advice.... Be proactive and follow up with your the internal USAFA contact. For my son, I am convinced letting it run its course would have meant he would be in a different college. The waiver wasn't a slam dunk.

    Realize that the administrator assigned you son has a LARGE stack of waivers on his or her desk. Many potential students see "waiver" and move on in their mind to the next college. If you were that USAFA person, their mind wanders if they are working on a waiver that won't amount to anything. I talked with the person a couple of times letting them know my DS was dreaming of going to USAFA. I firmly believed it helped get to the front of the line. Even then, we had to go to a doctor and it was touch and go if it was going to be processed. Our contact did a stellar job helping us. But be proactive (squeaky wheel) without being a pain.
     
  7. Falcon A

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    Can you share what the waiver was for? and if it was for USAFA?
     
  8. Joos

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    On the other hand, I was counting on a waiver that I never thought would make it through (recurrent patellar dislocation). I just let the waiver process run its course, and I was granted a waiver around 2 months after I was informed that one had been requested on my behalf
     
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    A principal NOM from your MOC with a waiver request from USAFA sounds very promising. Good luck and keep us posted.
     
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    The person in charge of your file literally has a stack of wavers on their desk. They plug and chug one-by-one. In a candid conversation with her, she said she appreciate the call because she knew if she was successful, her work helped. We followed up with a Thank You note. Calls and emails (many) had to be made with the AF doctors in order to get things done. She also asked us feedback questions that the doctor asked her. We had a pipeline back to us and I factually know this helped. Additionally, like any companies or job, some people doing the work are better than others. By us calling, we were able to get some mindshare. Initially, I was in correspondence with the head of USAFA DODMERB. In summary, we (professionally) grabbed the bull by the horns and got things done.

    It's all about timing. DS didn't know he needed a waiver till December for West Point. He didn't know he needed one for USAFA till January timeline (I forget the exact details). There are two approaches. Let it roll and assume it's being worked on or get proactive and reach out letting them know if they get a waiver, he wanted to attend USAFA (1st choice). IMHO, an advocate helps. It could be a coach that asks for some mindshare.

    If my memory served me, if they say "no" to the waiver, you more-or-less shot your only bullet. I wanted to present why a doctors diagnosis was inaccurate as I figured out this wasn't a typical waiver. We got it done and he graduates this Spring!
     
  11. jmtta03

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    Wondering if anyone can help with this "waiver" situation. We received an email from USAFA admissions letting us know that we had a letter and to check DS's portal on December 14, 2015. The letter stated "we have requested a waiver on your behalf". We were VERY excited to see this and DS has since completed his file (1st semester college transcript and nomination from Congressman). Well, after reading some of the other post, we made a phone call to check up on the waiver yesterday. The person that we spoke with was NOT in the waiver office or the admissions counselor, but in his attempt to answer our question, he looked at DS's file and made the statement "a waiver has not been requested yet". As you can imagine our disappointment, BUT we are now wondering if maybe one dept. may not be fully aware of the other dept. procedures? DS called and was told by waiver dept. that his file was now on the "desk of a specialist". Has anyone else experienced anything like this? DS has sent an email to his counselor, and we are trying to stay positive as we wait for his response. Would we have received the letter in ERROR? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
     
  12. Falcon A

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    Unlikely you would have received the waiver request notification letter in error. Possible, but unlikely. More than one person involved in deciding to send such a letter. Probably more of an issue with the person you initially spoke with not knowing exactly where to look.
     
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