dodmerb asthma disqualification

sweettooth

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My son is applyling to the USMA for fall 09 admission. He received his rejection from dodmerb due to asthma. Should he wait until the academy asks for a medical waiver or should we as a family initiate an appeal ourselves? We have the resources to fund any testing that might be helpful to an appeal. Does initiating an appeal hinder or exclude the possibility of a waiver being requested by the academy itself? Right now he isn't interested in ROTC as an option but if he were would this change one's approach?
 

MullenLE

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If your son is competitive administratively for an offer of appointment, Admissions will request the medical folks to process a waiver. The med folks will make one of 2 recommendations to the Admissions Committee--grant or deny the waiver. "If" they wish to have additional testing, evals, and/or information, they will request it through DoDMERB to you. However, if you wish to submit additional information, DoDMERB will process it for the waiver folks at West Point to review.

Not sure I understand the question: "Right now he isn't interested in ROTC as an option but if he were would this change one's approach? " If he applies for AROTC, he would need to request a waiver in writing. Currently, AROTC has more liberal waiver criteris for this particular condition.:thumb:
 

sweettooth

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If your son is competitive administratively for an offer of appointment, Admissions will request the medical folks to process a waiver. The med folks will make one of 2 recommendations to the Admissions Committee--grant or deny the waiver. "If" they wish to have additional testing, evals, and/or information, they will request it through DoDMERB to you. However, if you wish to submit additional information, DoDMERB will process it for the waiver folks at West Point to review.
Great thanks for the quick response. I thought it might speed things along to prepare medical information in advance of a request but I didn't want to undermine the process inadvertently.

Not sure I understand the question: "Right now he isn't interested in ROTC as an option but if he were would this change one's approach? " If he applies for AROTC, he would need to request a waiver in writing. Currently, AROTC has more liberal waiver criteris for this particular condition.:thumb:
In the arotc case, as there isn't an academy to request a waiver from dodmerb would a candidate be responsible for taking the initiative for submitting additional information to dodmerb or is a more standard sequence to apply to the university and the arotc program of choice and then wait for the arotc to contact the medical staff for a waiver (assuming the applicant is attractive to them).
 

MullenLE

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No. It occurs trhe same way, except, the Commanding General has delegated the authority to the Command Surgeon. If he needs something, he'll ask in the same manner. I'm willing to contact U personally and explaing more thoroughly if you send me an email @ Larry.Mullen@dodmerb.tma.osd.mil. Just give me your son's full name and Last 4 of his SSN. Thx:thumb:
 

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve and support.:thumb:
 
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