Interpretation help!!

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  1. DrivenNavy

    DrivenNavy New Member

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    see below. Could they deny waiver with no records and just go by questionnaire and exam or would you read this their decision is what is needed like records. This is for a DQ

    Your exam is under review for a waiver, however, as Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) is very busy during this time of year, it is approximately 6-8 weeks before they will render a decision. This means that the earliest we will hear back concerning the way forward is the end of July/beginning of August at the earliest.
     
  2. Falcon A

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    Driven -- was this a response you received on your DoDMERB portal?, or on your USNA or NROTC portal? or are you enlisting? From your post I can't tell.

    I think the general answer to your question, however, is "Yes". . . the Navy medical waiver authority (USNA Superintendent, NROTC commander, etc.) can deny a waiver just based upon the questionaire, however, the medical personnel reviewing your file will most likely ask for additional info (i.e., paperwork, testing, exam, etc.) if they believe you are competitive for an appointment or a national scholarship.
     
  3. DrivenNavy

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    Rotc. What is confusing since all I have read is waiver process takes months, is the 7-8 week decision. Is that decision whether to think person is a competitive enough candidate to start waiver process???

    Is this the process as I understand it DQ'd

    either an automatic waiver request is submitted or the school submits a waiver request.

    Navy decides whether person is competitive for an appointment

    Navy says yes or no.
    If yes then waiver process will be i.e medical records, test etc.
     
  4. Falcon A

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    Driven ... Since you are ROTC, it appears to me the Navy has already decided they want you.l

    Are you already at a college in NROTC or are you graduating High School this summer?

    If you are graduating High School in 2018, then my assumption is you have already been awarded a "national" NROTC scholarship ... If so, the Navy has already decided they want you, and the medical review will look to see what information they need to see if they can grant a medical waiver.

    If you are at college and are going through the DoDMERB process because your NROTC cadre want to offer you an on-campus NROTC scholarship, or want you to contract so you cancommission, then the Navy has decided they want you, and the medical review will look to see what information they need to see if they can grant a medical waiver.

    Depending on the complexity of the medical condition it can take months. Most medical issues however seem to resolve over a few weeks after the DQ has been determined.
     
  5. DrivenNavy

    DrivenNavy New Member

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    My NROTC at college submitted my application for scholarship. My understanding they don't have to submit everyone that puts an application and it's up to the school.

    I'm just not sure if they'll come back and not go to through waiver process especially without any documentation.
     
  6. Pima

    Pima 10-Year Member

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    If I read your original post correctly, you are already under the waiver process.

    They do not necessarily need you to submit more paperwork (that occurs if they give you a remedial), according to them due to doctor's report, which includes your questionnaire you do not meet the medical standards to commission via NROTC without a waiver.
     
  7. DrivenNavy

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    I understand the reason for the DQ it was a nut reaction I had when I was eight the questionnaire isn't going to explain that other than checking box. The dr have exam asked about it we answered one time thing that is it

    I assume my college NROTC feels I'm competitive in order for them to submit my Application The 7 to 8 week timeframe is throwing me off I would hate for them to deny a waiver without medical records or testing. My hope is that it's going to take them 7 to 8 weeks to mean they need to figure out what to ask me for if anything
     
  8. Falcon A

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    Driven — I am not a doctor, but have experience going through the SA and ROTC medical waiver process with my DS for a nut allergy.

    Be patient with the Navy. It was good they sent you a message saying why the delay.

    Our experience is the AF (USAFA and AFROTC) will not give a waiver for a nut allergy. The Army (USMA and AROTC) have given nut allergy waivers in the past based on severity of allergy, which nuts, etc. I’m not sure if Navy (USNA and NROTC) gives a nut allergy waiver. I have no experience with them.

    They will probably ask for any of your medical records on the allergy. They may send you for a blood test to see what your IgE #s are for various nuts. They may ask for a skin test and they may ask for an allergist supervised “nut challenge”.

    Hang in there.
     
  9. DrivenNavy

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    Thank you very much for your feedback!

    We have records and would want nothing more than more testing and nut challenge for severity. Never anaphylactic, never throat swelling or heart racing, never hives. Just itchy lips and itchy throat at 8. I went back three years ago and have a note I grew out of most but tested for hazelnut and pistachio. Go figure I have had pistachios, don't like them but had them. Mind you I stay away obviously (and have eaten by mistake with no issue), but I also eat heath bars that have almonds and no allergy to peanuts which I know is a legume. We went into a local ROTC recruiter and he said most likely they will do a nut challenge, it all depends on severity whether they will give you waiver.

    I don't know to be proactive and find an allergist and get this done or wait until they tell me what they want me to do.
     
  10. Falcon A

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    Driven—The reasons to do your own doctor would be to fight the DQ (hard to do), fight a waiver denial, or do it if there is a time crunch caused by the delayed review by the Navy.

    Probably a good idea to do some research for a civilian allergist near you that takes your medical insurance and is willing/able to do a nut challenge (not all allergists are due to liability).

    The downside of doing your own testing is the Navy will most likely still want you to use their own doctor for the remedial. It is also possible they may not want or need a nut challenge.

    Your call on doing your own testing during the delay period ... might help, might not ... I don’t think it would hurt.

    Others might have better advice.
     
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    The DQ couldn't have come from the exam. There is no negative comments noted. As a matter of fact, all normal and dr. barely had comments. Had to be we answered yes.
     
  12. Falcon A

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    Correct -- you checked "Yes" on Question #60 on the "Medical History Questionaire". . . that is enough to get the DQ from DoDMERB.
     
  13. Pima

    Pima 10-Year Member

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    The when I was 8, doesn't matter because it is before the 13 yo aspect. It is that you have admitted you tested positive for a nut allergy after that age, guessing you were probably 16.