Worried I might have thrown two years in the trash

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  1. omfsmthefsm

    omfsmthefsm New Member

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    So my situation is that I got Lasik June 10th. June 11th I got an email from my unit telling me I needed to do a DoDMERB physical (had no idea I needed to do one,) because I picked up a two year scholarship- making me an on campus recruit. I read on here that Commanding Officers can put you in for a waiver- is this true?

    Or did I just bone myself?
     
  2. JMS

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    from what I see on the DODMERB site (Accession Stds) you will probably be DQed for recent surgery on your eye, but waivers are always possible. I suppose the probability of a waiver depends on your particular branch. I believe waivers are considered automatically by and that no action is required by you or your CO.
    Not being knowledgeable about medical things, I may not be fully understanding the medical accession info. DODMERB has contact info posted and I understand they are helpful with questions. You may wish to contact them.
    Just curious, was your unit aware you were getting Lasik?
     
  3. Pima

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    I don't know which branch you are in for ROTC.

    I would be prepared for a DQ because your eye's will not be healed. HOWEVER, I would not fret at all.

    SA's typically do this surgery over the summer of the same yr.

    MPO, and understand I am not a doc. You will be DQ'd , but they most likely will request remedial.

    The importance is to stay on top of this. DQ = no contracting. No contracting = no scholarship. No scholarship = no tuition paid.
     
  4. EDelahanty

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    Since you mention a two year scholarship, I'm guessing that you are referring to an AROTC scholarship for the advanced course (junior and senior years).

    If that's the case, then you would most likely get a waiverable DQ. Assuming everything heals, the waiver would probably be granted no earlier than six months after the operation. I'm not an authority, and I hate to bear bad news, but the way I read it, it's possible you may not be able to contract during the fall term. The timing is tricky since six months from your procedure would end during most schools' fall final exams. Again, assuming everything is okay, including other components of the DODMERB physicals, the waiver would probably be a formality, but approvals would have to be in place.

    Here's a quote from Army Reg. 40-501 Standards of Medical Fitness:

    (2) History of refractive surgery including, but not limited to: Lamellar (P11.7) and/or penetrating keratoplasty (P11.
    6). Radial Keratotomy and Astigmatic Keratotomy does not meet the standard. Refractive surgery performed with an
    Excimer Laser, including but not limited to, Photorefractive Keratectomy (commonly known as PRK), Laser Epithelial
    Keratomileusis (commonly known as LASEK), and Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (commonly known as
    LASIK) (P11.7) does not meet the standard if any of the following conditions are met:
    (a) Pre-surgical refractive error in either eye exceeds + 8.00 to - 8.00 diopters.
    (b) At least 6 months recovery period has not occurred between last refractive surgery or augmenting procedure and
    accession medical examination.
     
  5. omfsmthefsm

    omfsmthefsm New Member

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    Sorry, I should have posted my branch. I'm Navy.

    @JMS- I asked my Sophomore adviser, but apparently it didn't spread much farther than him, haha.

    @Pima- Yeah, Mr. Mullen said I'd be DQed, so I'd need a waiver. I'm looking up what remedial is now.

    @ED- First part of your paragraph made me feel a bit better, but yeah, it's that last part that is gonna get me. Worst part is I know my eyes are fine and am allowed to start working out again, so I know no bad will come to it since my unit doesn't to anything "intense."
     

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