- Dec 20, 2015
Hello gentlemen, I'll keep this short and simple. Next year I'm going to college in Puerto Rico and I have my mind set on joining the army ROTC program. Being an officer in the armed forces has been my dream since I was a kid. I am a bit worried about DodMERB and the physical you have to pass. I've had a hernia repair when I was six months old (everything went successful no problems), shoulder rotator cuff surgery, asthma that stopped when I was 12 and eczema from ages 8-12. I've checked my medical records and my doctor even mentioned himself that I had no asthma symptoms after the age of 12 and never had to use an inhaler after that age (asthma after age of 13 is a DQ). What worries me more is my past eczema. It was not severe AT ALL and I have not had it in years, and it did not impede me from doing sports. I'm even being considered for an athletic Taekwondo scholarship at the University. Eczema after age 9 is a DQ. The recruiter I talked to said I shouldn't have a problem as long as the conditions were in the past and didn't stop me from physical duties which they don't. When do ROTC cadets take the DoDMERB if they are not contracted or do they have to contract first? Is there anything I've mentioned that is an automatic DQ without the possibility of a waiver? What are the chances of getting a waiver for eczema if it wasn't severe at all and it's been years since I had it? Forgive me if this post was long, I was hoping for someone to give me definitive answers; my heart is set on serving my nation. None of these conditions have impeded me from doing sports and I definetely see myself competing in college sports in the future.