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  1. Pyewacket

    Pyewacket New Member

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    But I need to control expectations. DD has been interested in the academies for years, and she's only in 8th grade. She's a competitive distance runner who was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma when we noticed she had begun wheezing when running at the highest levels. Even without an inhaler, she would pass any military mile test with flying colors. She doesn't need an inhaler for normal exercise. We wouldn't even know about this or it be on her medical record if she wasn't an excellent endurance athlete. How will this impact her chances of admission? We could wean her off the inhaler, but it will reduce her race competitiveness (where lots of athletes use inhalers). Thoughts?
     
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    If your daughter is a competitive applicant she can have a waiver assigned for her condition. Once diagnosed you cannot hide it from the military or you will be dishonorably disenrolled. Advice, for now, keep her healthy and keep her grades up that will make her a competitive applicant when it comes time to apply her senior year and go through the medical process. Best wishes!
     
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  3. A6E Dad

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    If you daughter is definitively diagnosed with asthma AFTER HER 13th BIRTHDAY, and/or if she continues using the inhaler after her 13th birthday, she would very likely receive a disqualification. It is possible to be granted a waiver, but to get that, it's usually necessary to prove that one does not in fact have asthma (my son had to do that). The testing involves standard PFT tests as well as MCCT as well as all your relevant records. If you pass those tests, and you have not been using the inhaler for a long time, it's POSSIBLE to get a waiver.
    If she really does need the inhaler in order to compete, it may be difficult to show that she is not affected by it.

    This is the link to DOD 6130.03. This is the source doc that defines all the disqualifying conditions.
    https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmotc/nami/arwg/Documents/WaiverGuide/DODI_6130.03_JUL12.pdf

    The relevant section concerning asthma is here:
    DoDI 6130.03, March 30, 2018 SECTION 5: DISQUALIFYING CONDITIONS
    e. History of airway hyper responsiveness including asthma, reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm or asthmatic bronchitis, after the 13th birthday.
    (1) Symptoms suggestive of airway hyper responsiveness include but are not limited to cough, wheeze, chest tightness, dyspnea or functional exercise limitations after the 13th birthday.
    (2) History of prescription or use of medication (including but not limited to inhaled or oral corticosteroids, leukotriene receptor antagonists, or any beta agonists) for airway hyper responsiveness after the 13th birthday.​


    https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmotc/nami/arwg/Documents/WaiverGuide/DODI_6130.03_JUL12.pdf
     
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  4. Pyewacket

    Pyewacket New Member

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    Thank you so much. This is all very helpful!
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    @Pyewacket

    I have to say I have enjoyed seeing “Pyewacket” and knowing the history of the name. I used to see the ultralight racing yacht PYEWACKET blow by us off SoCal, when it was owned by Roy Disney, grandson of Walt. The name originated from the Salem witch trials and an imp’s name referenced as an accused’s familiar. More recently, no surprise, I think it’s been a low-budget horror flick name. It’s just one of those fun English words. Cousin to Jabberwocky.
     
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    Pyewacket New Member

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    That's a great story about Roy Disney! Pyewacket was the name of a kids book long ago. I love it as a user name, so I'm always happy when I can nab it because someone else usually has!
     
  7. ServiceBrat

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    I wanted to throw this out there as well. Going out of state can wreak havoc on allergies and asthma, even if your DD gets weaned off the inhaler now. Both my kids were fine at home, but had problems out of state; something to keep in mind.