Concerns with medical clearance and tattoo

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by Mr_Chief, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Mr_Chief

    Mr_Chief New Member

    Feb 10, 2013
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    I'm new to this site and I wasn't quite sure where to post this message, but I have a few problems and looking for in sight on how to go about it. First, I want to join the Air Force Reserves and will do anything to try to get in to gain opportunies, educationally and mentally, and above all life structure (leadership characteristics).

    I'm 26 years old, I have a lot of college credits about (130 maybe more) I'm one class from my bachelors degree and I have an associates degree (GPA: 3.1) after my bachelors I would like to get my masters through the Air Force.

    When I was in college I was prescribed ritalin and adderall to concentrate better in school, however I've stop the script for over a year now but wasn't cleared by my doctor to do so because I didn't have a need for them anymore, so I never refilled my script, since they were used for school. Through some research, I've read that applicants would be automatically disqualified if taken these medications, but can be allowed to join if they werent taken for a year. Would I have to be cleared by my doctor or would I have to get him to sign off that I'm okay to be off the medication for a whole year? Or does it count until my last script was filled?

    Pertaining to the waiver, does it help that I know a Lieutenant-Colonel and a few Master Sargent's in the Air Force? I'm not sure if they can help me with this, but I can only hope..

    I also have a outline half sleeve tattoo on my right arm, so I presume I will have to get another wavier for that as well? If someone could please help me and point me to the right direction it would be great and highly appreciated. Thank you so much for reading and your time.

    If you have questions for me please ask me. I still havent taked to a recruiter yet but will be contacting one this week. I apologize if this is the wrong section.
  2. John41057

    John41057 Member

    Oct 4, 2012
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    As for the Tattoo, I have pasted the information from my DS admission paperwork.

    Unauthorized (content): Tattoos/brands/body markings anywhere on the body that are obscene, commonly associated with gangs, extremist, and/or
    supremacist organizations, or that advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination are prohibited in and out of uniform. Excessive tattoos/brands/body markings will not be exposed or visible (includes visible through the uniform) while wearing any/all uniform combination(s)
    except the PTU. This includes any combination of short sleeve, long sleeve, open collar uniform, utility uniform sleeves rolled up or worn down, flight duty
    uniform, etc. This policy does not apply when wearing the PTU. Excessive is defined as any tattoos/brands/body markings that exceed 1/4 (25%) of the exposed body part and are readily visible when wearing any/all uniform combination(s). The exposed body part is defined as the total area, to include front, sides and back of limb or other body part protruding from a uniform item.
  3. Dad

    Dad 5-Year Member

    Apr 25, 2010
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    Just a note of clarification. This site primarily deals with people applying to West Point, Annapolis, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and ROTC for all branches as undergraduates. The question I have for you is: Are you looking to be an Officer in the AFR? If so, you need to apply to OCS upon completion of your Bachelor's Degree. The issue of ADD meds will be an issue with a possibility of a waiver. Once accepted, you could then have a discussion about the Air Force paying for grad school. However, those slots are typically reserved for those who have distinguished themselves academically.

    If you are looking to enlist, then your recruiter would have more accurate information than you would find here.

    Also, the info regarding tattoos that John41057 quoted is valid for both enlisted and officers.

    Best wishes. :thumb:

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