Blawson012

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i am a highschool senior and I received a 3 year AROTC scholarship. I recently had surgery because I tore my acl and meniscus. Will I qualify for a medical waiver and will I be able to pursue AROTC as planned? I am just concerned and am looking for answers. My expected recovery period is 9-12 months which will be by December of this year, beginning of my freshman year in college.
 

MohawkArmyROTC

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Since you are a 3 winner, you have until Fall 2018 to be DODMERB qualified. You have plenty of time to recover and be qualified/waived. The big thing is that you have to be able to pass the APFT and have a 2.5+ GPA no later than JUL 2018 in order to retain the 3yr offer.
 

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@MohawkArmyROTC My son was awarded the three year yesterday, and now I'm starting to think about the same thing.... the waiver. He has ADD, but has only taken medication for it a few times.... when he completed a few finals and his ACT test. He was originally written a prescription in the Fall of 2015. I made the mistake of taking him back to the doctor this past December (2016), and having a new prescription written for him. I wanted to have the medication on hand in case he needed it, even though he didn't really agree with me. I didn't realize what I could be affecting when I did this. We never even filled the prescription. -- As far as accomodations for ADD at school, he had them, but never used them. I canceled the 504 plan for accomodations in October 2016. Any guidance?
 

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You've got a tough road ahead in order to qualify for a waiver. He will likely be DQd by dodmerb. The medical standard reads no accomodations or medications within the previous 12 months. Timing will be everything. Good luck.
 

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@Jcc123 that makes my stomach turn. I was hoping that he would get the 3 year (instead of the 4 year) for this very reason. I hope that extra year with the 3 year award gives him the extra time he needs for the waiver. I have no idea how this process works.
 
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MohawkArmyROTC

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@MohawkArmyROTC My son was awarded the three year yesterday, and now I'm starting to think about the same thing.... the waiver. He has ADD, but has only taken medication for it a few times.... when he completed a few finals and his ACT test. He was originally written a prescription in the Fall of 2015. I made the mistake of taking him back to the doctor this past December (2016), and having a new prescription written for him. I wanted to have the medication on hand in case he needed it, even though he didn't really agree with me. I didn't realize what I could be affecting when I did this. We never even filled the prescription. -- As far as accomodations for ADD at school, he had them, but never used them. I canceled the 504 plan for accomodations in October 2016. Any guidance?

He will most likely be disqualified by DODMERB for D231.90: Academic Skills Disorder since he took medication and was given academic accommodations. In order to get a waiver he will have to be off meds and accommodations for at least 12 months while earning a good GPA.
 

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@MohawkArmyROTC : Well he hasn't been on medication or had accommodations since his junior year. With the 3 year, as you said above, will he not have until Fall 2018 to be DODMERB qualified? That would be a full two years. The only issue would be that I requested an Rx in December 2016, but it was never filled. But still, August 2018 would be about 20 months.
 

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The standard is "on" medication not prescribed medication. So, it would be truthful that he has not been on medication for 3 years, and it can be supported with the fact that the prescription from 2016 was never filled. I would report the last date that medication was taken.
 

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He should be good to go. His performance at college and ROTC during Freshman year will help influence the waiver decision.
 

mohammadafchohan1

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Hello,

I am still boarded after the results coming out. I assume it is because of my fitness assessment score. I was just wondering what a good mile time, push up, and sit up count would be ideal. Also what else would I be able to do to increase my chances.

Thank You
 

Blawson012

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Since you are a 3 winner, you have until Fall 2018 to be DODMERB qualified. You have plenty of time to recover and be qualified/waived. The big thing is that you have to be able to pass the APFT and have a 2.5+ GPA no later than JUL 2018 in order to retain the 3yr offer.
Thank you so much. Gives me a little closure and comfort as this is a big deal for me. What would happen for my first year of rotc? I should be healed a little after I begin.
 

kaydeeloo

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My son received the 3 year. His PFT scores weren't super high. His run was fast, but not the other two. Run: 5:31. Push ups: 40. Curl-ups: 42. He's 6'4" so he would tell you that push ups are harder when you're tall. I don't know if that's the case. (other stats: 28 ACT, 3.5 unweighted/4.3 weighted GPA. NHS. 2 varsity letters. Baseball team captain. YoungLife leader. A few other leadership, work and volunteer positions.)
 

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What would happen for my first year of rotc? I should be healed a little after I begin.

My son started ROTC (2nd Board 3 yr winner) in August and did not get his waiver until December.
his participation was no different than anyone else's
At the DoDMERB medical exams you will get a form that basically says you are medically fit enough to safely participate in ROTC.
Similar to a sports physical for high school sports, with no bearing on future DQs or waivers.
They will probably ask for the form during the first days of ROTC, my son's program did.
Not having that could be a problem.
 

MohawkArmyROTC

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Hello,

I am still boarded after the results coming out. I assume it is because of my fitness assessment score. I was just wondering what a good mile time, push up, and sit up count would be ideal. Also what else would I be able to do to increase my chances.

Thank You

Here is the point system used to score the PFT:

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MohawkArmyROTC

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My son received the 3 year. His PFT scores weren't super high. His run was fast, but not the other two. Run: 5:31. Push ups: 40. Curl-ups: 42. He's 6'4" so he would tell you that push ups are harder when you're tall. I don't know if that's the case. (other stats: 28 ACT, 3.5 unweighted/4.3 weighted GPA. NHS. 2 varsity letters. Baseball team captain. YoungLife leader. A few other leadership, work and volunteer positions.)

Your son earn 132 of 150 pts on the PFT.
 

clarksonarmy

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Hello,

I am still boarded after the results coming out. I assume it is because of my fitness assessment score. I was just wondering what a good mile time, push up, and sit up count would be ideal. Also what else would I be able to do to increase my chances.

Thank You

Why do you assume it's your PFT. The PFT is one of the least significant parts of your whole person score. It may be the score the board gave you (which you'll never see) or your CBEF score (which you'll never see either). It may be the schools on your list. You may never know why you did or didn't get an offer. You still have one more board, and hopefully you have a plan to come to school and enroll isn't he program and compete for a campus based scholarship, if you don't get an offer from the national process.
 
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