DoDMERB Questions

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  1. USNAThrower2023

    USNAThrower2023 Member

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    After looking over the survey that candidates have to take before the DoDMERB appointment, I have a few questions:

    1) Under the use of medications portion of the survey, it asks for regular medication use. I currently have an IUD implanted and have not had a period in 3 years. Later on, it asks the last date of your period. Should I list my IUD as a regular medication?

    2) When I started middle school, I had a really rough time and ended up going to the hospital for an overdose. I wouldn't consider it a suicide attempt because I never had the intent to die. If I fully disclose this information, will I be DQed? I think that this information should be included, but my parents both do not think that I should include it. I really want to be as honest as possible.

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  2. Nomak54

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    Sounds like a great time to ask the DoDMERB forum.
     
  3. 23hopeful

    23hopeful New Member

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    I would definitely be honest. I had a similar situation with my parents about whether I should include childhood asthma. Ultimately, we decided it's way better to be honest now and possibly need a waiver than have everything ruined by having the academy find out you were lying. If you were young and can prove that you're healthy now, it probably won't be an issue. Just my opinion though
     
  4. USNAThrower2023

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    After looking over the survey that candidates have to take before the DoDMERB appointment, I have a few questions:
    1) Under the use of medications portion of the survey, it asks for regular medication use. I currently have an IUD implanted and have not had a period in 3 years. Later on, it asks the last date of your period. Should I list my IUD as a regular medication?

    2) When I started middle school, I had a really rough time and ended up going to the hospital for an overdose. I wouldn't consider it a suicide attempt because I never had the intent to die. If I fully disclose this information, will I be DQed? I think that this information should be included, but my parents both do not think that I should include it. I really want to be as honest as possible.

    Thanks
     
  5. THParent

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    Advice is as good as what you pay for it here, so I will start mine by telling you that I'm not a doctor or expert in any way.

    I think that since your answer to when you last had a period was - is linked to the effects IUD (because they more often than not decrease the severity of periods or make them cease altogether) - then volunteering that info makes sense. Otherwise, DoDMERB make look at the lack of a period as being indicative of you having plumbing issues, and ask for remedial information. If the IUD that you use delivers a dose of hormones (rather than just the physical shape of it) to be effective, then (it is my opinion that) this constitutes "regular medication".

    The other one is a dilemma, to be sure. This overdose was no doubt documented somewhere. The doctor that saw you may have recommended counseling in the aftermath of this incident, which would also have been documented. I have no idea what happened, and you don't need to offer (and shouldn't post any more about it) more information. The dilemma comes if you are asked a question and are not truthful in your response.
    Fast forward to your Youngster year and this comes to light. You lied. You could be separated. That's just one scenario. Let's say the lie is found out after you commission. You lied. You could be separated.

    Basically if it's asked, you answer truthfully. If it's not asked, you are not required to volunteer the information. Think about it this way though, are you ever going to do something like that again? If the answer is an unequivocal no!, then move on. If the answer is "I don't know", then consider the fact that you will ultimately become an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. You will lead men and women who depend upon you. You will make decisions which will affect their lives, and maybe cause them to pay the ultimate sacrifice for their country. They deserve a leader who is locked on and able to get through tough times and deal with pressure. If you're not that person now - that's okay - but you have to be able to BE that person by the time you're an officer.

    Honor is doing the right thing and making the right choices, especially when nobody is looking.
     
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  6. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I merged these threads and left them in the DoDMERB section.
     
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