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Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by pbanks13, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. pbanks13

    pbanks13 New Member

    Apr 1, 2012
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    I received a 3 year Army ROTC Scholarship to the University of Arizona and I recently received a letter from dodmerb saying I do not medically qualify. Their reason being that I had a shoulder surgery. The surgery was 2 years ago and I have not felt pain or discomfort and I have been cleared by my doctor for any and all activities. The papers from my doctor were sent to dodmerb prior to them saying I do not medically qualify. What can I do to get them to waive this decision?
  2. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    DoDMERB only qualifies or disqualifies, the branches waive. In your instance because you have been awarded a scholarship they will start up the waiver process. You do not request the waiver. You will just submit the paperwork, or maybe be sent to a specialist (they will pay for the exam).

    It can take weeks or months to get the final answer, but it will be AROTC that determines the answer in the end whether they will waive it or will not waive it.

    Good luck.
  3. JMS

    JMS 5-Year Member

    Jul 2, 2011
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    +1 Pima.... and the branch people are processing loads of waivers right now for all of the DQs nationally. I wouldn't worry that you have not heard. Because you are on a 3 yr AD I believe your file may be on the bottom of the stack as they will be working cases in deadline order. They do not consider your waiver critical for Sept. 2013.
    If your attending U of A is dependent on getting waived then you may wish to inform the ROTC people at U of A of your circumstances and that you would need to know about the waiver before starting school. They may be able to move your file along. Be prepared for a possible denial, and thus your plan B.
    If U of A is in your future in any event, then give it a month or so to work through.
  4. BoyerPA

    BoyerPA Member

    Apr 9, 2012
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    I would make sure that whoever is in charge of medical at your battalion has all of the good info you can give them about your shoulder surgery. Remember the person who will eventual grant/deny your waiver will only have whatever information you provide for them. As always stay honest, if your shoulder takes any maintenance/extra assistance you should report that as well.

    If you really want some good information send an email to helpdesk@dodmerb.tma.osd.mil and include return contact information. They were vital (as well as these forums) to my waiver process. Be patient though, sometimes they can respond quickly sometimes they can't.

    Best of luck!

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