Need help with DODMERB DQ

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10-Year Member
Sep 16, 2006
I called DODMERB yesterday to followup on some additional medical paperwork they had requested and the woman told me that DODMERB had just mailed us a letter advising son Mike was going to be disqualified.

Mike had some minor arthroscopic surgery to his knees when he was 14 to let his kneecaps grown in properly (official term was a "lateral release" - his kneecaps were being painfully pulled off to the side by a growth spurt, and they sliced a muscle to give it more time / room to grow properly). Both his doctor and rehab rep wrote letters during our initial DODMERB paperwork submittal stating that his condition is now perfect and that he's without any phsyical restrictions, but apparently DODMERB thinks differently (something about them expecting chronic pain - we'll have to wait for the letter to get the office wording).

Mike currently plays high school tennis and runs on the cross country team (runs the mile under 6 mins) so obviously his knees ain't too shabby! He's also got high SAT's, a 3 yr Petty Officer in SeaCadets, awesome community service, and was selected / attended three of the academy summer seminars - NASS, AFS, and CG-AIM this summer, so he must have what it takes to make it far in the admission process. But with this black mark from DODMERB, he's going to be devastated when the letter arrives, i.e. that it will ruin his dream to attend USNA. So we need help from the forum - what's his next step? Or do we all sit and wait and hope that the "automatic waiver review" by the academies will be enough to get him over this DQ? HELP!

Dknightfam & Mikeknight2011
Please do not double-post. Your thread in the DODMERB forum will get you all the answers you need. Thanks. :smile:
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