Can you take a DODMERB more than one time?

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  1. senior2k17

    senior2k17 Member

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    Hello everyone, I recently received a three year AROTC scholarship and is curious whether I'll have to take the physical test right away since my scholarship won't be active until sophomore year of college? Not only that but if I do take it and something happens, such as over weight and height, is there another chance to take it?
     
  2. Jcc123

    Jcc123 5-Year Member

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    You will take the dodmerb soon - not next year. Additionally, height/weight qualification is separate from the dodmerb process. Unless something has changed, you'll need to pass ht/wt when you report in the fall.
     
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    Can you clarify on separate on height weight test? Then what is DODMERB?
     
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    Jcc123 5-Year Member

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    Dodmerb is the medical portion - your physical exam and eye exam. Of course you'll be weighed at that time, but it's when you show up to school in the fall and take the PT test that your weight matters.

    What is your current height and weight? If you're close to max, I'd recommend getting a handle on that now instead of fighting it, risking failing tape and losing your scholarship or worse.
     
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    I'm currently 126 lbs at 5'0 for a female. I've been gaining weight this year and it kinda worries me
     
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    Jcc123 5-Year Member

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    Well right now you're fine, but as you know you're very close to the 128# max. Don't do anything crazy to "make weight". Get in the habit now of eating lots of lean meats and vegetables, no sodas (or sweet tea, if you're from the south.) Download something like "MyFitnessPal" to track calories in and out and track everything single thing you eat.

    Start ramping up the cardio exercise - in other words, build your running up gradually but consistently until 4-5 miles at a decent pace is easy.

    You don't need to go on a diet - this is a way of life. For your entire military career, whether it be 3 years long or 20, you will be expected to maintain your weight and fitness level appropriately.

    Starting now will give you the added advantage of showing up in the fall prepared to max your PT test and get started off on the right foot. It's almost April. Start today.
     
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    The PT test in the fall won't affect my scholarship right? Since I won't be signing anything til next year
     
  8. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I am not sure why you are asking this question.

    You have all summer to get ready for the APFT. Every interaction you have with your cadre makes an impression. My DS was a non-scholarship walk-on Army Cadet. He busted his butt academically and pushed the APFT as hard as he could beginning on DAY ONE. He earned a 3 year AD scholarship based on his freshman year effort.

    Okay back to the question....if you arrive and don't do well on the APFT, they will probably NOT take away your Advanced Designee (AD) scholarship. You will be given multiple opportunities to improve. But you have already made an impression on your cadre. If you are not fit, or ready, do you really think the cadre will give you more leadership opportunities during the MS-I year? Do you think your application for CULP or other summer training will go well?

    Please know that I'm not trying to be harsh....but I am trying to convey the importance of having a "can do" mindset.

    Don't be "that" cadet who is not ready. Hit the bricks running, and you will be fine.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I concur with AROTC-dad. I would further add that in addition to getting multiple opportunities to improve, those opportunities will be more frequent. It varies by unit I'm sure but kids in DS's NROTC unit who didn't measure up got to PT 5 days a week. If you did measure up but were below a certain threshold you had to PT 4 days a week. If you exceeded that threshold you could PT 3 times a week (because you obviously had the discipline to work out on your own).
     
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