Is VCD a medical disqualification?

aragorn642

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Hi, I’m currently a sophomore in HS, and my biggest aspiration is to attend USNA. But recently I’ve been experiencing breathing issues that doctors believe is either vocal cord dysfunction or asthma. They are currently trying to rule one or the other out so nothing’s for certain. I may have neither. I understand that asthma is a disqualification, but is VCD disqualifying? I haven’t been able to find anything about it. And if so, would a medical waiver be possible? I’m a fit and active person and I’m still able to be physically active with little to no difficulty.
(Posted this on the USNA forum and was redirected here.)
 

nj2025

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So sorry to hear that you are experiencing some breathing issues. It is important to find out the reason but to answer your question: YES VCD (including any history of) is a medically disqualifying condition.

See page 16.


Possibility of a waiver would depend on each individual’s situation.

Good luck. I hope you are able find out and treat the underlying cause soon whatever it might be.
 

MullenLE

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Waivers = Google "DoDMERB;" Hit "Questions on the process;" If you meet the criteria in paragraphs 11-12 .... then 15-19 and 21 will apply for VCD :wiggle:
 

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Our daughter is a rising senior and dreams of starting her service through the USNA. She has a past diagnosis of VCD (4 years ago), which is no longer affecting her. She is about to schedule her DoDMERB exam. What can she bring to her DoDMERB physical to show that she has overcome this past diagnosis?
 

MullenLE

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She need not bring anything to her exam except a copy of the medical history form she filled out. After evaluation of the results of the exam and history, then we'll know better what to ask for...if anything :wiggle:
 

SoccerParents

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She need not bring anything to her exam except a copy of the medical history form she filled out. After evaluation of the results of the exam and history, then we'll know better what to ask for...if anything :wiggle:
Thank you very much Mr. Mullen!
 

MullenLE

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Our honor and privilege to serve :wiggle:
 
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