Been DQ since this Monday. My DoDMERB status says "Pending Waiver Submission/Review". So if my USAFA status says "Complete but Medically Disqualified", does that mean they won't initiate the waiver process?How long have you been medically DQ? USAFA will initiate the waiver process if they deem your file "competitive". You will be notified if they request a waiver and soon after your DoDMERB status will change. Hope this helps!
There was a post earlier that stated that USAFA was only considering waivers for those applicants that they considered likely to get an appointment (a higher standard than competitive). They made this change to save money by reducing the number of waivers they had to process. I do not know if this is accurate, but it could explain the delay in the waiver process.
Not necessarily, I was recently granted a medical waiver. I wasn't told they were requesting one, it just popped up on my portal one day. My portal said the same thing for about a month until a waiver was requested so it's hard to tell if they will request one on your behalf. We just have to hurry up and wait!Been DQ since this Monday. My DoDMERB status says "Pending Waiver Submission/Review". So if my USAFA status says "Complete but Medically Disqualified", does that mean they won't initiate the waiver process?
I serve as a Liaison Officer for USAFA and hear more stories every year about perseverance and commitment and how they pay off.. and that's just in the acceptance process.
I know an individual that was medically DQ'd for a hearing issue a few years ago. He stayed after it, but more importantly he was committed to serve. While driving to enlist in late May or early June, he received a call from admissions with a waiver that was tied to a Prep offer. He took it..and then admittedly didn't perform at prep. He recently reapplied for an appointment because (in his words); "I've tried, but I can't enlist because of the hearing issue. USAFA has proven they will take me if I do things right academically. I want to serve so that is why I'm reapplying."
My DD had DODMERB DQs on 2 occasions. Her file had sat dormant for 1 month + at DODMERB. She stayed after it and got someone that would followup. They worked hard on their end, because she had followed through with every request they had. Key to her appointment: she kept after them and continued to complete challenges and more forward when things seemed hopeless. She finally received her BFE 2 days before HS graduation in '08.
I have other stories, but you see the pattern: be proactive as you are your only advocate and the only one that can insure your file is getting reviewed.
a) Contact your admissions counselors - yes, they are VERY busy this time of year, but as an ALO that used to discourage candidates bothering them, they have told me that they want that connection with the candidate that REALLY burns to be an AF officer. Make them your advocate, but don't blow smoke at them. They can smell it a mile away. They are especially sensitive to calls from moms & dads and if they feel families want you at AFA more than you do.
b) Contact DODMERB - You will likely have a DODMERB contact too. Reach out to them and make sure they have all that they need or offer to get them more. ie - My DD saw another physician on her time/dime and sent them the results. As noted, due to a position/job/personnel change those were not reviewed. When she found that out she asked if they would assign her a re-evaluation. They gave her a few more hoops to jump through and more specifics and she did those too. After the medical eval checked out in her favor an appointment soon followed.