Medically DQ'd

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by Dad of 4, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Dad of 4

    Dad of 4 New Member

    May 22, 2013
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    My son had a .pdf file uploaded to his USMA portal which stated:

    "A review of your record indicates you do not meet the medical standards for
    appointment to West Point at this time. I regret to inform you that your medical disqualification is final and your file has been closed. At a later date, if it appears that you will win a vacancy to West Point or one of our preparatory programs, we will automatically reopen your file and consider you for a waiver."

    We had the impression that the medical DQ would automatically be considered for waiver. Has this changed?


    Dad of 4
  2. ca2midwestmom

    ca2midwestmom Member

    Oct 23, 2013
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    My understanding is that USMA would request a waiver if the candidate was highly competitive. Does your DS have a nomination yet? Maybe they're waiting to see if he gets a nomination. How are his academic stats? If he is not as competitive academically, they may be waiting to see if he would be a good candidate for prep school, then they would issue a waiver. Just my thoughts based on everything I've read...
  3. 845something

    845something Member

    Feb 22, 2013
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    A medical waiver is only considered/requested for candidates that are likely to gain admission. It is a time consuming process for the staff there at West Point, especially the medical staff which has to review all the medical information and make a recommendation, before it goes before the entire board for a recommendation to the Superintendent. It does not make sense to request a medical waiver, slowing the system, only to have him not selected later for a number of reasons (is beat out for the vacancy, doesn't receive a nomination, isn't academically qualified, etc), while also making it more difficult for the staff to consider a waiver for a candidate who would or likely would gain admission.

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