- May 21, 2017
I've served 6 and a half years in the Active Duty Army. I'm reaching the end of my contract and have decided to finish my degree at a local University. I want to join the ROTC program there and pursue an Officer Commission upon graduation. I will be enrolling as a Junior. Upon entering the Army in 2011, I was under lots of stress from my grandmother passing, making it through basic training, and being sent to a duty station far away from home. I decided one day to visit behavioral health and see what type of relief they could offer me. After all, we are all told that seeing behavioral health will not have ANY negative affect on your career, right? WRONG. Seeking behavioral health has ruined numerous opportunities that I've tried to pursue over the years. I was prescribed medication for which I took for about 4 years or so. Just recently within the past year I decided to get off of the medication and I finished my final taper of medication within the last 6 months. I feel extremely better ever since I've been off of the medication. I will say that last year, I was thinking of becoming a recruiter. I actually PASSED the recruiting mental health exam, which gave me a certain pride that I had overcome the negative stigma of seeing behavioral health. I'm now trying to get into ROTC and was told by my program director that I will most likely face a waiver decision, which could take months and months, and there are still no promises with my situation. I reached nothing but success while I've served in the Army, including promotion to E5/Sergeant and excelling at this position. If I've proven myself successful while serving Active Duty, will the DODMERB see this and take it into consideration?