Need Medical DQ Explained

cc.cg

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Hello,
I have been on these forums for a year or so and I have been reading peoples forums on medical DQs.
I have been disqualified for IBS and Childhood Asthma, is this the end of the road for me? I want to fight this I just need to know what I have to do? Please Help!
 

Tbpxece

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IBS is only a DQ if: "... of sufficient severity to require frequent intervention or prescription medication or that may reasonably be expected to interfere with military duty." (DODI 6130.03, section 5.12.c.9).

That may be pretty easy to overcome-- simply have your doctor assess whether it is so severe that you need prescription medicine or frequent intervention.

Asthma seems to be a pain, but is doable if you go off of the multitude of posts on here where people had success.

Per the same DODI, section 5.10.e: "History of airway hyper responsiveness including asthma... Symptoms suggestive of airway hyper responsiveness include but are not limited to cough, wheeze, chest tightness, dyspnea or functional exercise limitations after the 13th birthday....History of prescription or use of medication (including but not limited to inhaled or oral corticosteroids, leukotriene receptor antagonists, or any beta agonists) for airway hyper responsiveness after the 13th birthday."

The key above there is, of course, is asthmatic symptoms after the age of 13. Also, note that inhalers are only a DQ if prescribed for airway hyper responsiveness. I don't think that getting an 1-time prescription for acute bronchitis (which seems to be more common these days) would be a DQ, although it might cause some questions.

I am far from an expert, but hopefully the above two excerpts at least get you thinking in the general direction.
 

cc.cg

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IBS is only a DQ if: "... of sufficient severity to require frequent intervention or prescription medication or that may reasonably be expected to interfere with military duty." (DODI 6130.03, section 5.12.c.9).

That may be pretty easy to overcome-- simply have your doctor assess whether it is so severe that you need prescription medicine or frequent intervention.

Asthma seems to be a pain, but is doable if you go off of the multitude of posts on here where people had success.

Per the same DODI, section 5.10.e: "History of airway hyper responsiveness including asthma... Symptoms suggestive of airway hyper responsiveness include but are not limited to cough, wheeze, chest tightness, dyspnea or functional exercise limitations after the 13th birthday....History of prescription or use of medication (including but not limited to inhaled or oral corticosteroids, leukotriene receptor antagonists, or any beta agonists) for airway hyper responsiveness after the 13th birthday."

The key above there is, of course, is asthmatic symptoms after the age of 13. Also, note that inhalers are only a DQ if prescribed for airway hyper responsiveness. I don't think that getting an 1-time prescription for acute bronchitis (which seems to be more common these days) would be a DQ, although it might cause some questions.

I am far from an expert, but hopefully the above two excerpts at least get you thinking in the general direction.
Thank you so much this is great news I will notify my doctor right away to send information saying its not severe, The asthma I grew out of it and I do not use an inhaler. Do you just have your doctors send more information? But thank you so much you just took a lot of stress off me!
 

Tbpxece

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Honestly, I have no experience with the DODMERB waiver process, so please don't take my advice as authoritative. From my understanding, you initiate the waiver process if your branch ROTC or SA does not do it for you. That DODI I cited includes the waiver process instructions in it. Find it and review it first.

Good luck!
 

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The waiver process is initiated by the commissioning authority... an academy or ROTC program. If additional information is required a remedial will be issued requesting that information. @AROTC-dad has posted a link to a document that describes the waiver process on several past posts. You can perhaps find it by searching on 'waiver process' posts by AROTC-dad.
 
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cc.cg

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Honestly, I have no experience with the DODMERB waiver process, so please don't take my advice as authoritative. From my understanding, you initiate the waiver process if your branch ROTC or SA does not do it for you. That DODI I cited includes the waiver process instructions in it. Find it and review it first.

Good luck!
Okay, thank you.
 

cc.cg

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The waiver process is initiated by the commissioning authority... and academy of ROTC program. If additional information is required a remdial will be issued requesting that information. @AROTC-dad has posted a link to a document that describes the waiver process on several past posts. You can perhaps find it by searching on 'waiver process' posts by AROTC-dad.
Thank you, that's a great idea!
 
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