ADD and the Naval Academy

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by adesa1996, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. adesa1996

    adesa1996 Member

    Feb 12, 2013
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    I have been wanting to go to the Naval Academy since I was a freshman in high school and the one thing that has been bothering me is my ADD. I currently have been off the medication for it for approx. 6 months and have done well in school without it. Will this pose a problem for me in the app process or the DODMERB?
  2. FallenAngel77

    FallenAngel77 5-Year Member

    Sep 28, 2008
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    The short answer is only DODMERB can tell you for sure. I believe the regulations require you to be off all medications for 12 months. I can tell you that it is possible if you are not on any medication and still do well in school. My DS quit the medication cold turkey at the end of 9th grade so he could ultimately apply for an academy. He was QNS for Navy but had opportunities at Army and Air Force. I am proud to call him a 2nd Lt. and graduate of USMA. Good luck!
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Agree you need to check with DODMERB. USNA's standard is that you need to demonstrate you can function (i.e., do well in school, etc.) without medication and without special accommodation, such as sitting in front row, getting extra time, etc.

    Not sure how long you need to be off meds, but a year sounds about right. It may, however, depend on the medication, which is why you need to check with DODMERB.

    I recommend you don't discontinue medication without consulting your healthcare provider. Medication is provided for a reason and you don't want to put your life/health in jeopardy.

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