How bad are my chances hurt at USNA 2023?

IN2MD

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After over 4 weeks of waiting for DODMERB to update my account after they received my exams, I got back that I was not medically qualified but that a remedial was requested for hospital records about when I was very sick and was told that I might have meningitis. The doctor said that I possibly could have had it but didn't do a spinal tap since I was already recovering. This was also 2 years ago. I also received word that there were 4 other waivers I needed. They are as follows:

D211.50 - History of head/brain injury with associated post injury manifestations
Last head injury was over 3 years ago and had another one in the second grade where I lost a little memory. I have excelled in academics and have not faced any issues since.

D226.31 - History of hip arthroscopy or femoral acetabular impingement
Had a labral repair my sophomore year of high school and recovered fully back to running cross country and track with no issues.

D224.41 - Stress fractures, recurrent or single episode during the past year
My junior year I pushed myself a little too hard and found out that I had a stress fracture in my right tibia and took track season off to let heal and ran cross country that fall with no issues.

D241.30 - Asthma/reactive airway disease/exercise-induced bronchospasm after age 13
Never diagnosed with asthma from a doctor, but it was reported that I had a breathing issue at a cross country meet that required me to go to the hospital, later found out that it was dehydration and over-heating.

With all these things considered I am a healthy candidate who keeps pushing athletically and have a race series coming up and registering for a marathon.
 

IN2MD

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I have also received a MOC nom and a njrotc nom and went to cvw in the fall and was invited and attended a sports camp last summer
 

kinnem

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Well, the info in your second post has no bearing on anything, as in it won't help your chances of getting past the DQs. My own logic tells me you have a chance until they tell you that you don't, and you should treat it as such. They did not DQ you, they asked for a remedial, so you have a chance.

I'm curious as to how you got a remedial for meningitis, when you were never diagnosed with it. Did you indicate it on your application when you should not have? For lurkers, if you are not diagnosed with something then you don't have it and shouldn't check it on your forms. Do not self-diagnose.
 

MAC_Daddy

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You really ought to have a physician letter to accompany each and every occurrence. Not only that, you should have a specialist for each condition (neurological, orthopedic/rheumatologist and pulmonologist). They should state what your acute condition was, how it was treated, you are fully recovered with no long term affects, that you are fully fit and cleared for duty. If they aren’t comfortable stating their reputation on it, that’s a red flag. DoDMERB is the tie breaker for “like candidates”. All things being equal, they go with the one that is clean bill of health. That said, if you are competitive, they will waive conditions that can DQ you assuming it’s not a chronic condition that limits your ability. Acceptance of your history is an acceptance of your potential liability. Your medical needs could potentially be covered for life by the VA. The military wants to make sure that not only are you fit, you aren’t also a lemon, and if you are in the field, you don’t jeopardize your comrades. Best of Luck!
 

IN2MD

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Well, the info in your second post has no bearing on anything, as in it won't help your chances of getting past the DQs. My own logic tells me you have a chance until they tell you that you don't, and you should treat it as such. They did not DQ you, they asked for a remedial, so you have a chance.

I'm curious as to how you got a remedial for meningitis, when you were never diagnosed with it. Did you indicate it on your application when you should not have? For lurkers, if you are not diagnosed with something then you don't have it and shouldn't check it on your forms. Do not self-diagnose.

On my dodmerb forms I marked that I was allergic to penicillins and tramadol and when asked how did I figure out, it came up that I was in the hospital for a sickness that had the same symptoms as meningitis when I received these medicines that I later had an allergic reaction to. The doctor said it was likely that I did have meningitis but never had a test to confirm no deny.
 

kinnem

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Well, the info in your second post has no bearing on anything, as in it won't help your chances of getting past the DQs. My own logic tells me you have a chance until they tell you that you don't, and you should treat it as such. They did not DQ you, they asked for a remedial, so you have a chance.

I'm curious as to how you got a remedial for meningitis, when you were never diagnosed with it. Did you indicate it on your application when you should not have? For lurkers, if you are not diagnosed with something then you don't have it and shouldn't check it on your forms. Do not self-diagnose.

On my dodmerb forms I marked that I was allergic to penicillins and tramadol and when asked how did I figure out, it came up that I was in the hospital for a sickness that had the same symptoms as meningitis when I received these medicines that I later had an allergic reaction to. The doctor said it was likely that I did have meningitis but never had a test to confirm no deny.
So you'll need something confirming all that from the doctor, probably saying there was never a definite diagnosis, and also saying you're good to go on that score. I'm hoping someone more medically qualified than I (I can't even treat the common cold) will jump in on this. Where is @GoCubbies ? You just have to try to have the doctor show these things are not issues and that you're fully recovered. Easier said than done but keep charging the hill until you can't charge any more.
 
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