Asthma

cmh

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I know that the medical regulations are that any history of asthma after age 13 is disqualifying, but I was wondering if there are any exceptions to that. I have exercise-induced asthma, and I use my inhaler before any rigorous workouts (I am 16). I still stay active and do sports, and I am very, very strong academically. Would there be any chance of getting a waiver for something like this, or is it hopeless? Thanks in advance.
 
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It is called a waiver. You most likely will be disqualified for asthma, but you will then be considered for a medical waiver. Basically the waiver acknowledges your medical condition, and demes you medically qualified.

https://dodmerb.tricare.osd.mil/FAQs.aspx#num5q
A medical waiver allows applicants to enter military service programs even though they may not have met DoD medical standards. Waivers may be granted by the program to which you’re applying, NOT DoDMERB. The Service Academies automatically consider applicants for a medical waiver if they are competitive for admission. All ROTC programs will automatically consider all scholarship awardees and competitive scholarship applicants for a waiver.
 

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However... if you still use an inhaler before rigorous workouts.. well let's just say you have to do a lot of explaining if you've filled albuterol prescriptions and haven't even used them. Still using an inhaler is a different story.
 

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However... if you still use an inhaler before rigorous workouts.. well let's just say you have to do a lot of explaining if you've filled albuterol prescriptions and haven't even used them. Still using an inhaler is a different story.
It is called a waiver. You most likely will be disqualified for asthma, but you will then be considered for a medical waiver. Basically the waiver acknowledges your medical condition, and demes you medically qualified.

https://dodmerb.tricare.osd.mil/FAQs.aspx#num5q
A medical waiver allows applicants to enter military service programs even though they may not have met DoD medical standards. Waivers may be granted by the program to which you’re applying, NOT DoDMERB. The Service Academies automatically consider applicants for a medical waiver if they are competitive for admission. All ROTC programs will automatically consider all scholarship awardees and competitive scholarship applicants for a waiver.
Do you know if an ROTC unit will be able to grant waivers as well? I got the NROTC Marine Option Scholarship not an academy appointment so I've been a little confused.
 

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NROTC medical waivers are not granted by the units. For high school applicants a DoDMERB medical disqualification is automatically reviewed for a waiver. For sideload and advanced standing medical disqualifications, the Detachment Commander/Professor of Naval Science (PNS) will submit the request for waiver consideration to: Naval Service Training Command. For Marine Option, the medical recommendations come from the Navy, the Marine Corps issues the final decisions on applicants to that program.
 

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NROTC medical waivers are not granted by the units. For high school applicants a DoDMERB medical disqualification is automatically reviewed for a waiver. For sideload and advanced standing medical disqualifications, the Detachment Commander/Professor of Naval Science (PNS) will submit the request for waiver consideration to: Naval Service Training Command. For Marine Option, the medical recommendations come from the Navy, the Marine Corps issues the final decisions on applicants to that program.
Just clarifying, DODMERB will automatically review me for a waiver and if they deny it, the detachment commander can requests one?
 

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If you are an incoming freshman with a NROTC scholarship a waiver will automatically be requested.

If you are a college programmer that just won a scholarship the waiver request is not automatic. DoDMERB will notify your commander and then your commander will request the waiver.
 

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If you are an incoming freshman with a NROTC scholarship a waiver will automatically be requested.

If you are a college programmer that just won a scholarship the waiver request is not automatic. DoDMERB will notify your commander and then your commander will request the waiver.
Yes I am a incoming Freshman so thank you.
 

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DODMERB does not grant waivers. DODMERB decisions are governed by the black and white standards. The branches are the ones that can waive the DODMERB standards. If you are currently using medicine to control a medical condition I think it's going to be tough to get a waiver. You say in your original post that you have asthma and use an inhaler. You will be DQ, and I'm guessing as long as you have an active prescription and use an inhaler you aren't getting a waiver. Might want to talk to your doctor to see if it's reasonable to discontinue you inhaler. Do not do so without seeing your doctor!!
 
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