What are the chances...?

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    VAMom2016 New Member

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    My DS has wanted to attend the Naval Academy since forever, and he is obsessed with military history, strategy and technology.

    My DS has a stellar record of achievement and phenomenal test scores (99th% for both ACT and SAT), and while his GPA is only a 3.90, he attends a very difficult high school STEM program for math and science. He has won national science competitions with military science based projects and even attended the White House Science Fair. My DS has also spent 5+ years studying one of the "critical" languages (I'm not going to say which one, but think Chinese/Russian/Arabic). He performs community service helping at-risk populations, he is a 3-year varsity athlete, and he has held multiple high level positions of leadership at his high school.

    Here's the problem, he just received his DoDMERB letter informing him that he does not meet the DoD medical standards for: allergic reaction (only allergic to scallops - no other shellfish or seafood), distant vision not correct to 20/20 (old eyeglass prescription - thought he would be tested wearing contacts for which he sees 20/20) and myopia > 8.0. Before they will initiate the waiver process, he is being asked to also submit copies of medical records for surgery at age 5 (adenoids), use of an inhaler to prevent bronchitis since age 12 (only to keep a bad cold from progressing into a cough) and a stress fracture due to sports participation last spring (fully healed).

    I have scanned the various threads online, and I'm wondering if my son's chances of being admitted to either the USNA or the NROTC are seriously compromised. Is there even a chance he could be admitted to either program given the list of AMI determinations and requests? During the CVW program last March, one of the midshipmen panelists mentioned that she had received multiple health waivers...are they fairly common or was she one of the lucky ones? Thank you in advance for your responses.
     
  2. Padre101

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    I don't know if anyone on this forum is qualified to give you a definitive answer. You just have to be patient and let the process take its course.

    Unless the midshipman panelist had the exact same medical issues as your DS, comparing your DS to her or others is a fruitless exercise.

    As a parent who has a DS going through the application process right now, I understand your need for clarity and certainty, but often times you won't get it until the answers come from the deciding authority. In your case, it is the USNA surgeon.

    Best wishes.
     
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    VAMom2016 New Member

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    Thank you for your comments. Best wishes to you and your DS as well.
     
  4. AJC

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    The only way to know for sure is go through the process.
    Jump through all the hoops and see what happens.
    The answer is no if you do not.
     
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    Best of luck with your waivers. Just came from dodmerb physical with a child with a hazelnut allergy. Hoping for the best, as she has an LOA. I assume it means dq and waiver. How long did it take for you to get feedback after your exam? Child felt exam was fairly cursory; not many followupnwuestions re: allergy
     
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    Sorry for iPhone typos:(
     
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    It didn't take long at all - less than a week for both vision and medical to be logged by DoDMERB. My DS felt exam was cursory (quick!) as well. Best of luck to your child and congratulations on her receiving an LOA.
     
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    Thank you, and I hope your waivers come through ! It's a process!! It's early, but it is hard to be patient. Good practice for the future, I guess
     

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