Discussion in 'ROTC' started by nico98, Apr 21, 2017.
I got the scholarship NROTC but still need a waiver for hear loss.
Is hear loss waivable?
I believe it depends on the level of impairment.
You may want to consult with an audiologist who has a military background.
You can also contact Dr./CAPT. Glenn Merchant who was a former DoDMERB director and ex-USMC pilot plus Navy Surgeon. He may be able offer insight on your chances.
Here is his website:
Does CAPT Merchant charge for this service?
It's a fee-based consulting service. He's a former DODMERB director who started his own firm. Some posters here have used it with good experiences. If I recall correctly, the initial call is no charge, but I have no direct experience.
Yes, but not for an initial consult. A candidate emails him the facts, and then usually an email or phone response from Capt Merchant is the next step.
My understanding is that he does this in retirement to help cadets out. (He himself had a colorblindness battle with DoDMERB as an NROTC cadet at The Citadel).
I am not a client. My friend (met through this forum) received an initial free phone conversation with Capt Merchant regarding his DS, and has since contracted him. He says that the fee is reasonable and he has been a big help.
The biggest complaint I have read is that because CAPT Merchant is retired and thus travels a lot, he may not always be instantaneous in getting back to folks. There have been more positive posts about him on the forum than negative, overall.
If it were me, I would first try for a local doctor with a military background. If it is ROTC, then the ROO or the recruiting officer can give some good guidance. However many SA candidates have no one to bounce their case off of.
CAPT Merchant fills that need and has a lot more time than Larry Mullen does!
My own DS could have been in trouble because of the way he described a "rib flare." We were fortunate in that our DoDMERB doctor caught this and re-described it on her examination so it didn't pose a problem. However a less experienced physician could have not addressed it, and my DS would likely have been DQ'd.
I'm feeling a side gig!
Actually you would be crazy not to.
So am I. We do plenty of DODMERB consulting for free.
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