DoDMERB and where to get it

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by NamD, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. NamD

    NamD Candidate 5-Year Member

    Nov 26, 2010
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    Is it too early for a Junior to be looking into this? From what I heard, the Academies will send you the application files for this process. Ive also heard that you can go get it yourself by a civilian doctor at any hospital.
    Can someone explain to me what the process is like?
    Thank you
  2. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015 5-Year Member

    Jan 25, 2010
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    Basically, once you officially start your file, you get into DODMERB's system. They contact you (i got the letter in Late June) and tell you to make an appointment in the next 6? (correct me here somebody) weeks at such and such medical practice. There is an eye exam and a normal, medical exam. For me they were in different offices. For some people they're not. Then after your exam the results are sent to DODMERB in CO and they decide whether you are qualified or not. So if you're a junior, just chill on the DODMERB stuff, they'll find you when they are ready! Good luck!
  3. M2inOR

    M2inOR 5-Year Member

    Oct 28, 2009
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    My son opened his file in April/May of Junior year, got contacted by DoDMERB in June; scheduled eye exam and physical at facility indicated by DoDMERB within a few weeks.

    Be sure to schedule according to instructions; one must preceed the other (don't recall the order).

    More critical is filling out the health screening questionnaire aqccruately beforehand. Statements on this form can and will lead to further scrutiny by DoDMERB, should there be any historical heatlh related issue of illness.

    The actual examinations are pretty straight forward, and surprisingly short.

    My son had just revered from a broken thumb incurred during lacrosse. DoDMERB asked for complete documentation of the injury treatment and follow-up. When our medical office provided the records, they had redacted information that had nothing to do with the injury. This redaction raised a flag with DoDMERB in the file review.

    We eventually got this taken care of, but my advice is to make sure nothing is redacted when submitted.

    The redaction consisted of several words and a sentence blackened on the report. Quite innocent, too:
    - normal practice for our medical provider is to administer a tetanus shot
    - due to prior concussion injury son fully recovered from, there is a note in my son's record to always check eyes to see if current injury brings back any concussion symptoms.

    Long story short, once those blacked out words were revealed, DoDMERB cleared him medically.

    So my advice: don't hold back anything, and make sure records are complete without any redaction. It will save a lot of time and anxious moments.

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