DQ for Herniated disk w/ surgical intervention

wrestler90

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Hello,

I was dq'd from USNA this week (letter of 2/28/08) for herniated disk with surgical intervention. Senior med officer at USNA says he has never grated a waiver for this condition.

Does anyone know if this is a hard and fast rule or if there is any discretion in this matter?

My surgery was 3 years ago and I have fully recovered. I wrestled 60+ HS bouts my jr and sr yrs. My record was 45-17. I feel fine and have been able to handle one of the most physically challenging HS sports.

Is there anything else I can do?
 

RetNavyHM

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Well now I need to get 2 threads merged, this and "Greetings and need some help" in the intro section.

I replied to your message there before I saw this one. I do have one question, was it 3 years ago or 4?
 

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Astrocytoma

Daughter = 17yr old, HS junior
11/04 (age 13) diagnosed with Grade 1 astrocytoma.
Surgical excision; no chemo; no radiation
Multiple MRI's, latest 2 weeks ago---no recurrence
Surgery and follow up performed at what is often rated #1 children's hosp in US
Full activities, including sports, i.e., soccer, skiing, track, cycling
She will be 4 yrs 7 mo post surgery by I-Day '09
Is this a DQ? Is waiver allowable?
 

RetNavyHM

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Daughter = 17yr old, HS junior
11/04 (age 13) diagnosed with Grade 1 astrocytoma.
Surgical excision; no chemo; no radiation
Multiple MRI's, latest 2 weeks ago---no recurrence
Surgery and follow up performed at what is often rated #1 children's hosp in US
Full activities, including sports, i.e., soccer, skiing, track, cycling
She will be 4 yrs 7 mo post surgery by I-Day '09
Is this a DQ? Is waiver allowable?
This probably should have been in its own thread, but I'll answer it here because even though I'm now an IT geek, I'll probably mess up and delete the entire forum. :thumb:

I'll be honest, I only saw a couple of cases of astrocytoma while I was at DoDMERB. I know they got disqualified, but I can not recall about the waiver. I couldn't even begin to guess at what the chances of a waiver are. I do know that if you never try you'll never get a waiver.

I know that this isn't a lot of information to go on, but I just don't know and I'm not gonna sit and blow smoke. I will tell you that if your daughter does apply, I will be here to help you get all the required information together, and be a voice of sanity in what seems like an insane process.
 

Just_A_Mom

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I will tell you that if your daughter does apply, I will be here to help you get all the required information together, and be a voice of sanity in what seems like an insane process.

:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

He means it! :biggrin:
 

Proview

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Astrocytoma #2

You are right. My earlier post should have been a new thread. I simply did it wrong and didn't know how to change it.
You are also right that she won't know unless she tries. Having watched two siblings go through the SA application process, she knows that it is quite involved. If having a tumor in the past is an instant DQ, she would probably not invest the time and effort.
Big picture...we are thrilled that she is healthy.
 

RetNavyHM

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It most likely will be a disqualification. What I don't know is the waiver possibilities. There are no disqualifications where a waiver is impossible. It may be next to impossible, but there is nothing that says a waiver couldn't be granted to a deaf and blind paraplegic.

If your daughter doesn't want to apply just because she will get a medical disqualification then she really does not want to go to the service academy. In my military career I applied for programs that I knew I had a long shot at getting. I was denied for many of those. I was approved for some that changed my life (not always for the better, but I was the one that asked!). I even applied for programs where I knew I was not qualified (either to much time in service or was not the rank required). The big one I got where on paper I was not qualified was the assignment to DoDMERB. It was supposed to be an E-7, I was an E-5. I got the waiver for the assignment. There was a lot of work involved, but I made it there.

So a disqualification isn't the end of the world. There is the waiver process. Now this is all dependent on what your daughter wants to do! So long story short, if this is what she wants she needs to give it her all!!!
 

wrestler90

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The injury was July 04 just before my Freshman or almost 4 years ago. My surgery was the following summer in Aug 05 or almost 3 years ago
 
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