Eczema DQ

ROTCparent

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Hi,
Does anyone have any experience getting a medical waiver for eczema? My DS has a 4-year Air Force ROTC and 4-year Naval ROTC scholarship (and we are waiting on the Army); however, he was just DQ'd by DodMERB for eczema! I am shocked, because the two times he's had eczema were so minor we almost didn't even note it on his DodMERB form! In fact, I don't even know that it was truly eczema, I think his skin just gets a little dry in the winter; now he uses moisturizing lotion and he hasn't had any problems at all (and he never really had much of a problem to begin with). My DS is absolutely devastated, his heart is set on serving his country after he graduates from college -- and his older brother is a Navy ROTC Midshipman and he wants to follow his footsteps. We've since had his pediatritian write a letter explaining that (1) he's only had two very minor, localized instances of eczema on his arm since the age of 12 that were easily treated and cleared up very quickly, (2) he hasn't had any further recurrences and he's not on any medication, and (3) no further treatment is expected, and that there is no indication that it will further impact his health. I understand that the process is that the Air Force ROTC and Navy ROTC will now do their own separate reviews to see if he qualifies for a waiver. The Air Force ROTC just finished theirs and DQ'd him right away, though they said they hadn't yet read the letter from my DS's pediatritian; but they said that they don't think it will change anything, that for Air Force, it is an automatic DQ if he's had a history of eczema after age 12. Does anyone know if the Navy and Army are more willing to grant a waiver for eczema? (I understand that sometimes one branch will grant a waiver where another branch won't.) Does anyone have any advice on how to get a waiver? Is there an appeal process, and how does that work? Should my DS go see a dermatologist and have the dermatologist write a letter? Any information at all would be much appreciated -- especially if anyone has ever been successful in getting a waiver for eczema -- what the circumstances were, and for what branch. Thank you so much!
 

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Deep breath. You should be able to get the DQ reversed if the case is as minor as you say. Find a dermatologist asap for an exam. Send the exam results to DoDMERB asap. Having a letter from a specialist is better than from a family practitioner. Best of luck.
 

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Thank you!! We'll find a dermatologist asap. If you don't mind my asking, have you had experience with an eczema DQ or do you know or have you heard of anyone who has? It's just it would be nice to hear that some folks in a similar situation have been able to get it reversed -- because the woman we spoke with at Air Force ROTC who was reviewing my DS's file was pretty stern about the fact that they don't give waivers for it in the Air Force you've had it since the age of 12, even if it is minor. Hopefully Navy and Army aren't like that. Really appreciate it, thanks again.
 

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@ROTCparent

AFROTC is very strict on eczema, I was DQ this past semester from the program for having an instance at the age of 13. From my understanding, waiver appeals for eczema are slim to none at the moment.

I have begun transitioning over to AROTC and started my waiver process for them. I will update you on that status when I know more. However, Army DOES give waivers for eczema much more leniently than Air Force does.
 

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Klone,
Thank you, that is very, very helpful. I hope you are right about Army. I'm hoping Navy might be more willing to give a waiver for eczema as well. Good luck with your waiver, I hope it goes through for you -- do let me know how it goes, thanks so much!
 

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ROTCParent... We have some experience using specialist however, it was with asthma. That said the specialist we used actually worked with the Navy so his letter to clear my DS carried more weight. If you are in an area where you have the same resource it might be worth looking into. There are specialists and there are approved military specialists. I learned this on this forum. All the best.
 

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This link should give you some hope....relax, breath deep and let all this play though!

https://www.jmu.edu/rotc/prospective-cadets/Non-waiverable medical conditions.pdf

It's Army specific....I'm assuming that your DS will be selected for an AROTC scholarship if he's been offered by AF an NROTC. If so, that attached PDF is a very recent list of Non-waiverable issues for Army....Eczema is not one of them! It doesn't mean you will get a waiver, but at least Eczema is not on the naughty list!
 

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That is VERY good to see! Yes, I'm assuming my DS will get the AROTC scholarship, though it was weird that he made the first board for Navy and Air Force but not Army. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the second board for Army (especially since the school he really wants to go to only takes Army and Air Force, not Navy). I'm also going to look into getting a specialist that has worked with the Navy and Army -- thank you for that advice Ex.BT.USN.
 

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This link should give you some hope....relax, breath deep and let all this play though!

https://www.jmu.edu/rotc/prospective-cadets/Non-waiverable medical conditions.pdf

It's Army specific....I'm assuming that your DS will be selected for an AROTC scholarship if he's been offered by AF an NROTC. If so, that attached PDF is a very recent list of Non-waiverable issues for Army....Eczema is not one of them! It doesn't mean you will get a waiver, but at least Eczema is not on the naughty list!
Thank you for this! Really appreciate it!
 

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My son was diagnosed with eczema at age 9 or 10 by a new resident; it was not true eczema (which is a systemic autoimmune disease) but rather a tendency to dry skin in winter. He was disqualified by DODMERB. The regular pediatrician wrote a letter confirming the condition; we provided all medical records, which did not show any further treatment for it, and USMA granted a waiver.
 

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My son was diagnosed with eczema at age 9 or 10 by a new resident; it was not true eczema (which is a systemic autoimmune disease) but rather a tendency to dry skin in winter. He was disqualified by DODMERB. The regular pediatrician wrote a letter confirming the condition; we provided all medical records, which did not show any further treatment for it, and USMA granted a waiver.
Thanks for the information. That sounds exactly like what my DS has/had! However, his pediatrician's letter didn't say anything about it not being true eczema, rather, she wrote that it was very minor and treatable, and that he fully recovered and she doesn't expect him to have any further issues. I think the problem is that he was seen for it at the age of 12 and again at age 14, but those were the only two times, he hasn't had any issues since. I'm hopeful he'll get a waiver from the Navy, and also from the Army, assuming he gets an Army ROTC scholarship. We are going to see about finding a dermatologists with military experience.
 

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Just to give anyone reading this an update: yesterday my DS got a medical waiver from NROTC for his mild eczema!!! Yeah! We are still waiting on AFROTC. Interestingly, although a woman we spoke to at AFROTC said that there was no way AFROTC would grant DS a waiver for mild eczema so long as he's had an ocurrance since he was 12, and true to her word, AFROTC DQ'd DS as soon as they got the waiver request, we subsequently sent in a letter from DS's pediatrician noting the eczema was very mild, and then we also had DS examined by a retired Army Colonel who was a dermatologist in the Army Medical Corps for 25 years and is now a civilian dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. The Army dermatologist wrote a really great letter with DS's medical exam explaining that DS has none of the tell-tale signs of chronic eczema (he could tell from examining DS's skin), and noted that DS just has dry skin, and that he doesn't have any trouble wearing wool. Amazingly, AFROTC thereafter changed DS's status from "Waiver denied/DQ" to "pending waiver review/remedial" and sent a letter today asking for all of DS's medical records relating to eczema. We are sending those in right away and keeping our fingers crossed that AFROTC also grants him a waiver -- apparently AFROTC just issued some new guidelines on a number of medical-related standards, and the new standards state that for some cases of minor eczema, medical waivers will be granted -- see Klone's posting elsewhere with a link (thank you Klone for that).
 

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-- apparently AFROTC just issued some new guidelines on a number of medical-related standards, and the new standards state that for some cases of minor eczema, medical waivers will be granted -- see Klone's posting elsewhere with a link (thank you Klone for that).
http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDispl...cess-more-talent-maintain-high-standards.aspx

@ROTCparent Thank you for posting your experience. It will be very helpful to those that need to navigate through an eczema DQ.
 

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You are welcome! I'll update when we find out whether or not my DS gets a waiver from AFROTC.
 

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I just thought I'd give a final update here for anyone following this thread re: my DS's (mild) Eczema DQ odessey -- Air Force ROTC just granted him a medical waiver!! Yeah! So he was able to get a medical waiver for mild eczema from both Navy and Air Force ROTC.
 

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@ROTCparent

AFROTC is very strict on eczema, I was DQ this past semester from the program for having an instance at the age of 13. From my understanding, waiver appeals for eczema are slim to none at the moment.

I have begun transitioning over to AROTC and started my waiver process for them. I will update you on that status when I know more. However, Army DOES give waivers for eczema much more leniently than Air Force does.
Klone,
Have you heard anything re: getting a medical waiver from Air Force ROTC? My DS just got a medical waiver for his mild eczema from Air Force ROTC -- the new guidelines may have helped. I hope you can get a medical waiver too!
 

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Congrats fro you DS ROTC parent - fantastic outcome. After reading so many "eczema horror stories" I so happy this worked out for your family!
 
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