Personal statement DQ


May 22, 2018
What are they looking on a remedial request for medical records and a personal statement Is the personal statement a plea for a waiver. It says a personal statement detailing your DQ within last five years
They are looking for at detailed description of what your activity level has been with regards to what the DQ is for. Be very specific about what you do for physical activity. In particular did you or are you participating in sports and at what level? They are trying to determine whether your DQ would prohibit you from participating in physical activity.
I was DQ for sensitivity to tree nuts. Never held me back from anything. I am going to be a junior in college and play college ball. Never ever had a system reaction or anaphylaxis. So nervous to say or not say the right things
Tell them exactly what you just posted...."never ever had a system reaction or anaphylaxis ". Your medical records should/will back that up with proof. Best of luck! Remember if this was easy, everybody would do it. Let us know how things go for you.
Was this sensitivity documented by a Physician? Just asking. I am NOT A DOCTOR, by the way!
If it was never documented by a Physician, then you don't technically have a "sensitivity to tree nuts", unless you're a doctor.
You're not a doctor, are you?

"Systemic Allergic Reaction" is the terminology you're going for, here.
Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) is an inflammatory state affecting the whole body.
It is the body's response to what appears to be an infectious attack.


"Anaphylaxis" is a life-threatening type of allergic reaction.

Now that DoDMERB thinks that you have a "sensitivity to tree nuts", then someone has to prove that you don't (or that it is so minor as to be waiver-able).
It may be that the right wording in your personal statement could help to start this waiver process.
If this has never been officially diagnosed by a registered health care provider, then make sure that you say that!

So first . . . do you have medical records describing the allergic reaction . . . as in . . . you went to the emergency room after the reaction, or your parents took you to see a doctor or allergist for testing?

-- or --

Did you eat some nuts, noticed a rash, itching, etc. and determined on your own you had eaten something new . . . a certain type of tree nut . . . and didn't go to the doctor and/or report it to the doctor at your next check up?

If something is in your medical record you need to provide it and your personal statement will need to address it

Would be happy to share more and discuss the "personal statement" via a private conversation if desired
Great advice above as usual. My wife has a few medical conditions and we occasionally find ourselves in the ER. When they ask, "Do you have any allergies?" she responds with "phenobarb."

Most of the young nurses, corpsmen/medics, and even physicians say "huuuh?"

Then I'll say phenobarbital and most of them still don't know what it is. Phenobarb is an old school seizure medication in limited use in the US but still used in the developing world. Third world countries as they are formerly known.

The healthcare personnel will ask what the drug did to her. My wife responds. "My mom always told me I was allergic because it put me to sleep."

Doc: Really, why did she give it to you? Seizures?

Wife: No, I was hyper as a kid and she wanted to calm me down.

'doh, Mom would have been carted away these days. Anyway, the point of the story is, as advised above, if you don't have a true allergy, don't report it.

If you do though, let it be known. Life at sea or in the field with undocumented medical conditions can lead to a cancellation of one's birthday.