ADD Waiver

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by VT2022CC, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. VT2022CC

    VT2022CC New Member

    Sep 26, 2017
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    Hello all,

    I'm currently going through the process of the Army ROTC Scholarship application. I had some questions that you all might be able to answer about an ADD Waiver.

    I took ADD medication (concerta) from 6th grade to 11th grade. I stopped taking it 5 months ago in April. With no medication I have been fine, finishing my junior year with a GPA of 4.1, scoring a 32 on the ACT, and getting 4s on 3 AP Exams.

    By the time I am going to DoDMERB, I will likely (depending on when the appointment is) have not been off the meds for 12 months as the standard requires. However, by the time I would be starting school in August of 2018 it will have been 16 months, which is well over the standard.

    So my question is this: What are my odds at a waiver? Which date matters: screening or entry into ROTC?

    Thanks in advance for the replies.
  2. turtlerunnernc

    turtlerunnernc Member

    Dec 17, 2014
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    I can't answer your question, but recommend you change your user name if that is your actual name. For privacy reasons.
  3. AF_2018

    AF_2018 5-Year Member

    Feb 12, 2013
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    Coming from someone who also went through this process, getting an ADD/ADHD waiver is very straightforward. Either you meet the requirements and get the waiver or you don't meet the requirements and don't get a waiver. I was in your shoes in high school except I took the medication for 2 years. First time around I was denied a waiver. Fast forward to my junior year of college and I went through the process again and was granted a waiver. That process was long and alot of remedial documents were required from me in order to be considered for the waiver. After about 4 months of waiting, I was given the waiver. The requirements for getting an ADD waiver are:

    The DoDI 6130.03 dated 09/13/2001 states the following for ADHD - see a.3 highlighted below:

    a. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (314) UNLESS the following criteria are met:

    (1) The applicant has not required an Individualized Education Program or work accommodations since the age of 14.

    (2) There is no history of comorbid mental disorders.

    (3) The applicant has never taken more than a single daily dosage of medication or has not been prescribed medication for this condition for more than 24 cumulative months after the age of 14.

    (4) During periods off of medication after the age of 14, the applicant has been able to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average without accommodations.

    (5) Documentation from the applicant’s prescribing provider that continued medication is not required for acceptable occupational or work performance.

    (6) Applicant is required to enter service and pass Service-specific training periods with no prescribed medication for ADHD.