Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by samantha0416, May 15, 2013.

  1. samantha0416

    samantha0416 New Member

    May 15, 2013
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    I've recently begun the contracting process for AROTC and the only thing left for me is the DODMERB testing. I've read on the website everything that is a possible disqualifier, and some of them apply to me, but they are all issues that were way in the past and don't affect me anymore, so should I not bother putting them down? What I was told is that if it isn't something that would bother me due to training, I shouldn't put it down. The main thing was kidney stones, I had three from the time frame of December 2012 to February 2013. However, I've seen a doctor and she now said I was kidney stone free and that they wouldn't reoccur if I don't get dehydrated. I was also briefly on anti depressants in high school, but I'm no longer on them. I'm just nervous about being disqualified and the waiver process or having to wait to contract. Any advice would be helpful!
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    If your cadre told you to not include things unless they affect your training, then I would go with that, even though I don't think it's right. If someone else told you, then ignore them and include it all.

    The kidney stone thing sounds like it could be an issue in training since there is always a possibility of becoming dehydrated and certainly could be an issue in combat. I think this is especially true since the occurrence was so recent. Hopefully you'll get a waiver if its even needed. In my opinion, you definitely want to be upfront about it.

    If you've been off the antidepressants for at least a year and have performed well academically then they may not be an issue but should be included in my opinion.

    I have to ask, why would you not be honest? There is more at stake than your health, or your contract, there is the lives and careers of others whom you'll command, to consider as well.
  3. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy 5-Year Member

    Jul 17, 2010
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    Follow the instructions on the form:
    If you are disqualified, you might be submitted for a waiver. During the waiver process, the reviewing physicians will make the determination if the medical condition will affect "training", not you. You are not qualified to make that assessment.

    If your ROTC Cadre told you to only put down information that would "affect training" disregard their guidance and adhere to the certification on the back of the form:
    Its cut and dry, harder right versus easier wrong type stuff. If you suffered from kidney stones and other medical conditions, put it on the form.

    I had to fight to not be dehydrated in Iraq during 14-24 hour patrols in an unairconditioned, hydraulically heated tank.

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