Anemia DQ

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by kigabit, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. kigabit

    kigabit New Member

    Jan 7, 2008
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    Hi, I just received a letter from DoDMERB stating that I've been disqualified due to an uncorrected anemia. I have Thalassemia Minor, which I believe does affect my hemoglobin production. I'm wondering how likely it is I'll be granted a waiver for the USAFA, and if I am, how waiverable this condition is for becoming a pilot. If it helps, I'm not iron deficient, I can run many miles just fine, I've done sports all my life and I don't get the tiredness symptoms that my grandmother, who has the same condition, has had her whole life (i.e. I feel I'm asymptomatic re: the anemia).

    Thanks for your input.
  2. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

    Jun 15, 2006
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    I'm not sure what the chances are for a waiver. I don't recall ever seeing an applicant with thalassemia minor. I would think the chances of a waiver would be based on your lab results, and how anemic you are.

    I would go ahead and request the waiver from USAFA, and when you do request it add in a letter explaining how this has affected you, what activities you currently participate in and how this affects your performance. If you have already requested the waiver, I would go ahead and write the letter and mail that to DoDMERB. They will forward it to the waiver authority.

    As for aviation, if you were to get a waiver for the service, I don't believe you would ever get a waiver for aviation.

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