ADD Waiver Prerequisites

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  1. Skipper07

    Skipper07 Member

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    Hello all. Reading this forum has been extremely helpful. However, I now have a question of my own.

    I am currently a Junior in high school. I have been diagnosed with ADD and was prescribed Adderall. I believe that I meet all criteria for a waiver (no cumulative 24 mo. Script, no class accommodations, maintain 4.3 GPA without script).

    I stopped taking Adderall half way through second semester of my sophomore year. I earned A’s on all of my finals without Adderall, I scored very well on my ACT without Adderall, and I have good grades so far this year without Adderall. I will never take adderal again.

    My question is this, when does the 12 months without medication start? Is it 12 months since my last prescription or is there a way to prove the last time that I took it?

    Best,
    Skipper07
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    If you stopped taking, did you continue getting prescriptions, or did they stop too (I’m assuming they did).
     
  3. Skipper07

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    I have not filled or gotten a new script since I stopped taking it. My online records and letter from a doctor corroborate this.
     
  4. Skipper07

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    Further research and contact with DODMERB consultants show that my ADD history will not be much of an issue.

    Eczema, however, will be. I have a history of minor eczema after 12, but haven't used prescription medicine in years. It seems as though USAFA is the hardest to get an eczema waiver from. Because of this, I am planning on putting USAFA below USMA and USNA on my MOC nomination preferences to better my chances of getting a nomination to an academy that is less likely to deny a medical waiver. Is this a good idea?

    My preferred service is in the form of being a pilot- something that can be achieved at in the Navy and Army as well as Air Force.
     
  5. 5Day

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    I agree with your conclusion about eczema after 12. If your primary goal is to go to any SA and become a pilot with a history of eczema I would also agree with your rankings Navy, Army, Air Force. But, remember the needs of the service will come first and your dream of becoming a pilot may not align with your chosen service and your military career may not be in an aircraft. Also, you will need to pass an aeromedical exam to select pilot. The eczema waiver you get to enter the service may not carry through to be medically qualified for pilot.
     
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  6. Skipper07

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    This is precisely why Navy is my first choice. Too much can go wrong, even excluding eczema, to DQ me from flying. Other options at Navy appeal to me more than those in the Army or Air Force.
     
  7. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Good thinking. It’s always smart to think through the full range of career paths at all SAs to determine if there are other options that appeal if flying doesn’t work out.
     
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  8. GoArmy2022

    GoArmy2022 USMA 2022

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    I had a waiver approved for the same condition. My advice would be to consult your psychiatrist and give him the list of requirements for an ADD/ADHD candidate so that he/she can confirm you meet them all. I had a psychiatric report done for me and sent. Not much time later, the waiver was in my mailbox.