Medical waiver process/advice and help

Hopefullyengineer

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Hi, I plan on applying to my schools afrotc program and if that doesn't work out I plan on applying to OCS for the navy or air force i just have to medical problems that could ruin my dream of serving.

I took ADHD meds up until the end of senior year, this is a PDQ and will require me to be off the meds for 15 months to qualify for an air force waiver (navy 12). Ive figured out that my case is pretty mild and coffee should be enough to get me through my classes. I dont need it currently and I work as a math tutor. I'll be majoring in mechanical engineering and over the summer I plan to become certified as an EMT. I graduated my last quarter without meds at a 4.9 GPA. Assuming that works out and I'm med free for 15 months do you think my waiver chances are good?

My other problem was a spinal fracture at my L5 vertebrae (spondylolysis). It healed back in March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I have had no pain since March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I havent had any surgery or even worn a brace just PT for a month and half before I didnt need it anymore. I actually was told by docs I could continue to play basketball during my healing time. As of right now I'm working out and playing basketball again without any issues, my MRI showed no disk slippage or nerve problems or even inflammation. Do you think my waiver chances are good?

Also how the heck does dodmerb work? The process just looks so confusing and I really want to serve. My parents have been against me trying to enlist or commission since the beginning so everything is kinda up to me. Any advice or help would be incredibly appreciated and thank you all
 

MullenLE

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Answering the questions in reverse order 3, 1, 2

Q3 = "Also how the heck does dodmerb work? The process just looks so confusing and I really want to serve. My parents have been against me trying to enlist or commission since the beginning so everything is kinda up to me. Any advice or help would be incredibly appreciated and thank you all "
A3 = Google "DoDMERB." Hit Questions About the Process on the left side of the Homepage; Show your parents Paragraph #4 - That will reinforce their position and they'll say, "See??!!"; If you have questions AFTER reading the document, there are two emails in the first paragraph you can ask:wiggle:

Q1 = "Assuming that works out and I'm med free for 15 months do you think my waiver chances are good? "
A1 = Your chances of obtaining a medical waiver is you do NOT apply are 100% NO - You won't get a waiver. In life, you don't always get the answers of hypothetical questions, until you try. A public posting doesn't come anywhere near the actual medical records that will be utilized in deciding a medical waiver decision.

Q2 = " My other problem was a spinal fracture at my L5 vertebrae (spondylolysis). It healed back in March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I have had no pain since March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I havent had any surgery or even worn a brace just PT for a month and half before I didnt need it anymore. I actually was told by docs I could continue to play basketball during my healing time. As of right now I'm working out and playing basketball again without any issues, my MRI showed no disk slippage or nerve problems or even inflammation. Do you think my waiver chances are good? "
A2 = Same answer as above..........., but if medical documentation confirm what you've stated, you're in a better position than if you weren't able to get medical clearance to return to full and unrestricted activities.
 

Hopefullyengineer

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Answering the questions in reverse order 3, 1, 2

Q3 = "Also how the heck does dodmerb work? The process just looks so confusing and I really want to serve. My parents have been against me trying to enlist or commission since the beginning so everything is kinda up to me. Any advice or help would be incredibly appreciated and thank you all "
A3 = Google "DoDMERB." Hit Questions About the Process on the left side of the Homepage; Show your parents Paragraph #4 - That will reinforce their position and they'll say, "See??!!"; If you have questions AFTER reading the document, there are two emails in the first paragraph you can ask:wiggle:

Q1 = "Assuming that works out and I'm med free for 15 months do you think my waiver chances are good? "
A1 = Your chances of obtaining a medical waiver is you do NOT apply are 100% NO - You won't get a waiver. In life, you don't always get the answers of hypothetical questions, until you try. A public posting doesn't come anywhere near the actual medical records that will be utilized in deciding a medical waiver decision.

Q2 = " My other problem was a spinal fracture at my L5 vertebrae (spondylolysis). It healed back in March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I have had no pain since March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I havent had any surgery or even worn a brace just PT for a month and half before I didnt need it anymore. I actually was told by docs I could continue to play basketball during my healing time. As of right now I'm working out and playing basketball again without any issues, my MRI showed no disk slippage or nerve problems or even inflammation. Do you think my waiver chances are good? "
A2 = Same answer as above..........., but if medical documentation confirm what you've stated, you're in a better position than if you weren't able to get medical clearance to return to full and unrestricted activities.
Okay, thank you for the tips on where to look and the advice.
 

Proud

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Hi, I plan on applying to my schools afrotc program and if that doesn't work out I plan on applying to OCS for the navy or air force i just have to medical problems that could ruin my dream of serving.

I took ADHD meds up until the end of senior year, this is a PDQ and will require me to be off the meds for 15 months to qualify for an air force waiver (navy 12). Ive figured out that my case is pretty mild and coffee should be enough to get me through my classes. I dont need it currently and I work as a math tutor. I'll be majoring in mechanical engineering and over the summer I plan to become certified as an EMT. I graduated my last quarter without meds at a 4.9 GPA. Assuming that works out and I'm med free for 15 months do you think my waiver chances are good?

My other problem was a spinal fracture at my L5 vertebrae (spondylolysis). It healed back in March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I have had no pain since March and I plan to apply for the waiver next August. I havent had any surgery or even worn a brace just PT for a month and half before I didnt need it anymore. I actually was told by docs I could continue to play basketball during my healing time. As of right now I'm working out and playing basketball again without any issues, my MRI showed no disk slippage or nerve problems or even inflammation. Do you think my waiver chances are good?

Also how the heck does dodmerb work? The process just looks so confusing and I really want to serve. My parents have been against me trying to enlist or commission since the beginning so everything is kinda up to me. Any advice or help would be incredibly appreciated and thank you all
My DS had spondylolysis too. He was also DQ for having a history of this issue. Wavier was submitted automatically and then he submitted all medical paperwork and paperwork from all his PT sessions, both included letters from the doctor that treated him and his physical therapist. He even included a letter that he wrote himself explaining all the workouts that he had done for the past 3 months and what he would continue to do. This is what his letter included....regarding the previous 3 months: 1) running (average distance, frequency, 3-mile pace, terrain, # miles per week), 2) spine symptoms (pain, stiffness, weakness, radiation, etc) with approximate dates and surrounding circumstances, 3) any interventions (ice, brace, activity modification, medications, ongoing physical therapy, etc.) 4) impact on work, sports, fitness activities.” Less than 2 months later, his wavier was granted!!! This was spring/summer of 2016 for Marine OCS, but they use BUMED for waviers. I hope this helps with the spondylolysis.
 

Hopefullyengineer

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My DS had spondylolysis too. He was also DQ for having a history of this issue. Wavier was submitted automatically and then he submitted all medical paperwork and paperwork from all his PT sessions, both included letters from the doctor that treated him and his physical therapist. He even included a letter that he wrote himself explaining all the workouts that he had done for the past 3 months and what he would continue to do. This is what his letter included....regarding the previous 3 months: 1) running (average distance, frequency, 3-mile pace, terrain, # miles per week), 2) spine symptoms (pain, stiffness, weakness, radiation, etc) with approximate dates and surrounding circumstances, 3) any interventions (ice, brace, activity modification, medications, ongoing physical therapy, etc.) 4) impact on work, sports, fitness activities.” Less than 2 months later, his wavier was granted!!! This was spring/summer of 2016 for Marine OCS, but they use BUMED for waviers. I hope this helps with the spondylolysis.
Thank you so much, this is so incredibly helpful. I'll make sure to do this too!
 
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