Background: I grew up an Air Force brat and so enrolled in AFROTC. I was one of three cadets selected for the Commander's Scholarship after my first quarter, but I got disqualified by DoDMERB and my waiver from the AF was denied. That was in January 2009. I just learned that I had a right to appeal that waiver denial. I was DQ'd for a perforated ear drum, and the waiver letter said if it heals I can possibly get a waiver. It hasn't healed, but my doctor has written a letter for me to submit describing how it's a minor perforation, that it has been free from infection since I got it, and that a third surgery isn't necessary since I've already had two. Those two surgeries failed (and they were done at Madigan AMC, Ft. Lewis). Also, the new NCO at my detachment said that the detachment commander can write a strong letter on my behalf to submitt with my waiver request, something the last NCO didn't do. So my question to you is: What are my chances? I understand a perforated eardrum is a DoD wide disqualification (I tried to do Marines and Army, they didn't even bother with submitting a waiver). If the commander writes a strong enough letter could it possibly convince the board to reverse their decision?