DODMERB Questions

teethdoc

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1. This may be a silly question, but does anyone know if the physician who completes your DODMERB physical does anything with your medical insurance? Do they file your insurance at their office or anything?
2. I already know I have a condition that will need a waiver, and I already have my medical records to bring with me to my physical. Does anyone know what the process is behind the scenes of them approving the waiver? Trying to increase my chances/just understand this whole process.

Thanks so much for your help!
 

clarksonarmy

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The physical will be done at a contracted provider, who gets paid by Concorde (DODMETS). The provider just reports the results of the physical, and has nothing to do with any remedials or subsequent waivers. You can bring medical records to your examination, but all they will be used for is to address the history of any medical issues.
Check this out
https://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/dodmerb-part-1-open-up-and-say-ahhhh/

If you have a medical condition that may need a waiver don't expect that to happen quickly.
 

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DoDMERB instructions advise to NOT give insurance info to the examining physician.

Most of the exam providers know this but occasionally a front office person asks for it and a candidate gives them their insurance card.

This CAN result on you getting billed by mistake as the DODMERB exam is totally paid for by the government.
 

teethdoc

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Oh nice! Thank you! I was just wondering as I have already had a physical this year.
 

teethdoc

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The physical will be done at a contracted provider, who gets paid by Concorde (DODMETS). The provider just reports the results of the physical, and has nothing to do with any remedials or subsequent waivers. You can bring medical records to your examination, but all they will be used for is to address the history of any medical issues.
Check this out
https://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/dodmerb-part-1-open-up-and-say-ahhhh/

If you have a medical condition that may need a waiver don't expect that to happen quickly.
Thank you!! So I guess I'm wondering do you know what happens when I file a waiver? Do they just use the medical records I have? Or is it more in depth like viewing all insurance claims, etc? Not sure what to expect!
 

clarksonarmy

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If you didn't read all three parts of my DODMERB blog posts go do that first. It should explain that you don't "file a waiver". What will happen is if you are determined to be DODMERB DQ, than your file will be sent to the component you plan to attend (ROTC, SA). That component may ask for more information or test if needed and then they will determine whether to grant the waiver based on regulation and policy. That decision will be made based on medical information and regulations.

What you need to do is follow the instructions you are sent. If DODMERB tells you to fill out your medical history andmake an appointment to get a physical done then do that. If DODMERB asks you for all medical records regarding your XXX surgery, then and that to them. When DODMERB tells you that you are DQ, then stand by for Cadet Command to look at you for a waiver. If Cadet Command says they need more info or tests get them done. Do not try to outthink the process, take it on ne step at a time.
 
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If you didn't read all three parts of my DODMERB blog posts go do that first. It should explain that you don't "file a waiver". What will happen is if you are determined to be DODMERB DQ, than your file will be sent to the component you plan to attend (ROTC, SA). That component may ask for more information or test if needed and then they will determine whether to grant the waiver based on regulation and policy. That decision will be made based on medical information and regulations.

What you need to do is follow the instructions you are sent. If DODMERB tells you to fill out your medical history andmake an appointment to get a physical done then do that. If DODMERB asks you for all medical records regarding your XXX surgery, then and that to them. When DODMERB tells you that you are DQ, then stand by for Cadet Command to look at you for a waiver. If Cadet Command says they need more info or tests get them done. Do not try to outthink the process, take it on ne step at a time.

Great message here and clarksonarmy is EXACTLY right! Our son was medically DQ and tried everything to hurry the process along. Once we stopped and listened to what we needed to do, and got it done, things flowed, and our sons waiver was granted and two weeks later received an appointment.
 

teethdoc

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Great message here and clarksonarmy is EXACTLY right! Our son was medically DQ and tried everything to hurry the process along. Once we stopped and listened to what we needed to do, and got it done, things flowed, and our sons waiver was granted and two weeks later received an appointment.
Thanks for your help! I'm not really in a rush- I understand it will take a while! Just wondering what all they need if/when they ask for a waiver. Congrats to your son!
 

teethdoc

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If you didn't read all three parts of my DODMERB blog posts go do that first. It should explain that you don't "file a waiver". What will happen is if you are determined to be DODMERB DQ, than your file will be sent to the component you plan to attend (ROTC, SA). That component may ask for more information or test if needed and then they will determine whether to grant the waiver based on regulation and policy. That decision will be made based on medical information and regulations.

What you need to do is follow the instructions you are sent. If DODMERB tells you to fill out your medical history andmake an appointment to get a physical done then do that. If DODMERB asks you for all medical records regarding your XXX surgery, then and that to them. When DODMERB tells you that you are DQ, then stand by for Cadet Command to look at you for a waiver. If Cadet Command says they need more info or tests get them done. Do not try to outthink the process, take it on ne step at a time.
Thanks for your help!! I so very much appreciate it.
 

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The physical will be done at a contracted provider, who gets paid by Concorde (DODMETS). The provider just reports the results of the physical, and has nothing to do with any remedials or subsequent waivers. You can bring medical records to your examination, but all they will be used for is to address the history of any medical issues.
Check this out
https://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/dodmerb-part-1-open-up-and-say-ahhhh/

If you have a medical condition that may need a waiver don't expect that to happen quickly.


Hi! Thanks for your blog posts. I'm a mother trying to figure this out. Couple of questions you may or may not know the answers to.

1. Is it only medical records after the age of 12 they are concerned with? For example, complications with a premature birth are overwhelming records, but nothing that provided lasting complications or limitations.
2. If my son received some counseling during a divorce and a new marriage and carried an anxiety dx is that disqualifying in general? No meds.
3. Is a limited 2 week 504 plan in elementary school given the same weight and scrutiny as an IEP?
4. Completing the medical history... should I leave this up to him to do... do it with him.... do it for him... I don't think he is even aware he's allergic to a certain type of antibiotic (which... is that likely an allergy disqualifier?)
 

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Hint: don't volunteer any medical history information unless asked. There is a lengthy Q&A to be completed online prior to exam; answer that completely and truthfully.
 
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I found I needed to do this with DS because there were injuries when he was younger he didn't even remember. Do they ask our pediatrician for all their records?
 

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If DODMERB asks for medical records they are usually explicit about what they want. The letter usually says something like “All medical records regarding xxxxx”. Previous medical/behavioral issues are usually not an issue if they have been resolved, no longer effect the applicant. On meds in the past/received accommodations usually not an issue if they are no longer needed. No problems with a parent helping with this process. May even prevent him from saying the wrong thing.
 

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MY DD was selected for an AFROTC scholarship. She has also applied for AROTC and NROTC - MO scholarships. While preparing her packet for the NROTC - MO scholarship, she took a MEPS physical and cleared MEPS. I'm assuming that the MEPS physical for the USMC does not meet the medical requirements for the AFROTC scholarship. Am I correct in advising my DD that she will need to get another physical through DODMETS in order to meet the medical requirements for the AFROTC scholarship? Also, will she need to get another physical if she is selected for an AROTC scholarship?
 

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Airborne1030 - I answered your question already on the other posting. The string above is from 2017 :wiggle:
 

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MY DD was selected for an AFROTC scholarship. She has also applied for AROTC and NROTC - MO scholarships. While preparing her packet for the NROTC - MO scholarship, she took a MEPS physical and cleared MEPS. I'm assuming that the MEPS physical for the USMC does not meet the medical requirements for the AFROTC scholarship. Am I correct in advising my DD that she will need to get another physical through DODMETS in order to meet the medical requirements for the AFROTC scholarship? Also, will she need to get another physical if she is selected for an AROTC scholarship?
MEPS is for enlisted.
DoDMERB is for all officer ascension programs such as SA's or ROTC.
She will only need one DoDMERB exam for all ROTC and SA's.
 
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