Will I be able to qualify for the medical part of AFJROTC?

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  1. PenguinsFlying

    PenguinsFlying New Member

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    I have a mild bleeding disorder that has given me a few issues in the past called Von-Willebrands-Disease and basically all it does is I don't clot as fast, I still clot up but it takes a bit longer than most people and sometimes it'll bleed internally giving me an issue at random. I have also had 2 broken vertebrae that have all healed up. I'm very active and physically fit but with my bleeding disorder I'm not sure if I can join or not
     
  2. Pima

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    I am confused are you talking about JROTC in HS or did you mean ROTC in college?

    I was always under the assumption that JROTC is a class elective in HS and you do not take a medical exam to participate, basically the same as being a non-contracted cadet in AFROTC.

    The time you take the exam is for contracting as a ROTC cadet in college. DoDMERB exams basically screen out those that will not be medically qualified to serve in the military. Thus, since JROTC is a HS elective for graduation purposes, not for commissioning reasons I can't see why they would pay for any HS kid to take a DoDMERB exam.
     
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  3. Seawings18

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    +1; JROTC cadets do not go through a medical examination. Military schools may differ, but as I attended a civilian, public HS I would not know about their policies.
     
  4. Pima

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    Honestly, even if they are in AfJROTC, and their goal is to commission in the AF via AFA/AFROTC/OCS I would ask if Von-Willebrands-Disease is waiverable especially if they want to go rated

    Blood clotting is going to be an issue, be it rated or non-rated in a a deployment aspect. Even in the AF as non-rated you can be deployed to places like the Green Zone

    I don't know this disease, but to me it is a red flag for anyone AD. I understand they can clot, but this was the uh oh moment.
     
  5. cardinal21

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    I was an AJROTC Senior Army Instructor for over 12 years. No physical exam or medical history requirement to take our classes. A very inclusive Program.
     

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