**Deputy Director DoDMERB provides important information


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My name is Larry Mullen. I'm the Deputy Director DoDMERB. I haven't been on this site for about 5 years. There are a lot of folks that have questions and only a few folks that have accurate answers, because so much of this is viewed on a case-by-case basis, at DoDMERB and even moreso when it comes to medical waivers at each of the Service Academies and ROTC programs.

So what happens to one individual with a "medical label," is NOT necessarily what will happen with another applicant. There are individual differences about severity, frequency, onset, "healed," "cured," effect on functionability, etc. For example, someone that had an Anterior Cruciate Reconstruction 3 years ago---was released to full and unrestricted activities---regained total strength, range of motion, stability, etc., and went on to play varsity football (demonstrated performance) and was an All-County selection---is totally different from someone with the same medical situation trying to enter a Service Academy or ROTC this summer.

We have created an Applicant (Parent-Advocate) Reference document that is updated often. So, if you want "accurate" answers regarding the DoDMERB and waiver process, ALL the answers are located at:
https:dodmerb.tricare.osd.mil. On the left hand side of the page, hit the link
"Questions about the process." Instead of well-intentioned "guesses" at what another applicant might face, provided on this website, the accurate answers are located and waiting for you there. PARENTS, IN PARTICULAR, SHOULD READ PARAGRAPH D OF THE DOCUMENT.

I WON'T ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THIS WEBSITE, but you'll see avenues to ask personal questions, if you have any. AFTER you read the document.

Thank you for your attention:smile:


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If you have questions about the DODMERB process, you should visit the site cited by Deputy Director Mullen at https://dodmerb.tricare.osd.mil

One thing I learned by visiting it was the following:

DoDMERB will accept any documentation an applicant wishes to submit for consideration…at any time.

This seems to answer the question of whether it can be helpful to have your own doctor do tests in advance of submitting your application.

By the way, there were three things I wasn't sure I'd ever see: 1) a yeti, 2) Elvis, 3) another post by Larry Mullen. I'm putting on my blue suede snowshoes to hunt for 1 and 2.
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Mr. Mullen!
It has actually been 4 years since you been on the site! I know this because 4 hours ago my DS was DQ'ed for a problem with his eyes. My DS will commission is May. AROTC turned my boy into an amazing man! His best friends and best college memories came from his ROTC world. None of that would have been possible without your help! Four years ago you went out of your way to help us and there are no words to thank you enough for all you did! Thank you from our entire family!!!


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I'm actually surprised but very gratified that Larry has "appeared" here. It's been a long time. He was an amazing asset to the SA Forums. Sadly he became SO good that he was literally overwhelmed.

So since he "has the power" he setup the excellent system DODMERB has now and the one he is mentioning.