Medical Evaluation Guides


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Oct 16, 2007
Sure, they have no bearing on how waiver decisions are made.

The first link is for the Naval Operational Medical Institute, which includes the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute where all aviation physical examinations are reviewed. So for entrance into a service academy they have absolutely no bearing. If you are interested in aviation it is a good resource for finding out what may be a medical disqualification

The second link is for the Navy's Manual of the Medical Department (MMD), Chapter 15, which is the medical standards for the Navy. For getting into the academy all the services use a Department of Defense instruction, except when it comes to vision. Those standards are set by the individual services.

How useful are these for waivers? Not at all. The waiver authorities may use them as guidelines, but everything in the MMD is also in the DoD instructions that DoDMERB uses (remember, DoD trumps the individual services). The waiver authorities review each case individually and make a determination as to whether the medical disqualification will preclude the applicant from service for 24 years (4 years of school and 20 years of service) without causing further injury to the applicant, whether the applicant will require frequent medical care to take care of the disqualified condition, or if the condition could possibly impact the mission of that service.

So as far as reference material, the information in there can be useful, but neither are used by DoDMERB or the waiver authorities when it comes to making decisions for the academies or ROTC.