Yet another DoDMERB ROTC denial

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  1. tazz001

    tazz001 New Member

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    Yes another DODMERB denial: I will start with a bit of background.

    My son joined PA Natl Guard his senior year in HS. He was granted a waiver for some minor hearing loss (We have since found out it is genetic) He was allowed to graduate HS early and left for boot camp January 2012, graduated and went on to AT.

    He applied to a local private college (Elmira College) and was admitted, receiving a scholarship and started his college years in Sept 2012. He immediately joined the ROTC detachment (of Cornell University) and was welcomed. Unfortunately the unit had issues that year with commanding officers on campus. My son was informed they were putting him in for a ROTC scholarship but paperwork was never turned in.

    Year 2 of EC, immediately paperwork was sent in applying for ROTC scholarship but was told he had to apply for another waiver as his was to old. Another setback. He was sent to a hearing specialist (local doc ex-military) who tested him and found yes, minor hearing loss but not anything that would cause problems and only in one tone range. Paperwork sent in and the wait started.

    Last Wed (April 30) he was called and told his waiver was denied. He is crushed. He has spent 3 years in PA NG, 2 years working his tail off in ROTC. he is the only one on his campus who has been coined in like 10 yrs.

    Others who were granted scholarships can't make weight, have physical issues (back problems, scoliosis, early kidney failure).

    Other than military cutbacks there seems like no reason for this, the whole situation stinks. My son now has a terrible outlook on the military and I say I can't blame him. Granted he was not going to make a career out of the military but he does enjoy his serving in NG.

    His COs at Cornell even had a cpl different scholarships they were holding for him. Not like they were not available. The funding for him is there.

    If you got this far, thanks for sticking around.

    BIG QUESTION: Is there any type of appeal? if so what are the steps needed. He and I would like to know before we venture into this.
     
  2. 2018Class

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    If my son's waiver had been denied, our next step was going to be to hire a DoDMERB Consultant. My son contacted one right before his waiver got approved. They charge a fee though.
     
  3. Scooter11

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    Really sorry to hear that tazz001! I was just awarded an NROTC scholarship to Cornell myself and I plan on taking it IF I am granted a waiver for color deficiency, which I just found out is never given. Went through all of this with the Naval Academy and even got my nomination but was turned down for my waiver in the end because I wouldn't be able to commission as a non-restricted line officer. Real shame, and I can understand your son's outlook on the military now, looks like I'm about to be headed down the same unfortunate path... As for appealing I am not sure, but I'd love to know more about the DoDMERB consultant 2018class was speaking of.
     
  4. 2018Class

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    Scooter, my son has color deficiency too and that was the reason he decided to go with the Army. Even in the unlikely event he was granted a waiver with the Navy, there are only certain positions he could have served. He went through part of the process of applying to the Naval Academy, but stopped after he was disqualified for his color deficiency. He wanted to someday become a Navy Seal and when he found out that it would never happen, he decided to go with a branch where he would have no limitations.

    As far as the DoDMerb consultant, I believe my son just googled to find one. He contacted the consultant and the consultant was nice enough to go over my son's case and told him that he saw no reason that my son wouldn't get a waiver (it was for something other than color deficiency and it was with the Army). My son did get the waiver, but his next course of action was going to be to hire the consultant if the waiver had been denied.

    We have no idea if it would have helped at that point, but my son was not ready to give up on his dream of a military career. Maybe somebody who used a consultant will offer their experience.
     
  5. Vista123

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    http://www.dodmerbconsultants.com/

    the above link is who we contacted. I am not recommending them or not not recommending them. I am in no way affiliated with them. I am just telling what happened to my army rotc son.

    My son had two vision concerns (depth perception and color vision)
    He failed both at the initial dodmerb opto.
    I emailed Glenn Merchant on Christmas Eve (no i didnt expect him to get right back to me.)
    He contacted me within hours.
    I told him the scenario. Mr. Merchant gave me tips and suggestions. He said that his tips and suggestions will most likely work and we wouldn't need to hire him but to contact him back if we did need to hire him.
    His free tips and suggestions worked perfectly.

    all good.
     
  6. Heyriddle

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    I spoke to the same consultant at length. He gave me great advice for DS who had a DQ for his vision (distant acuity not correctable to 20/20).


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