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Oct 14, 2008
I know this question has been asked many times but I feel each case is unique.

I'm 18 years old, female, and a Sophomore in college. I'm in my MSII year of ROTC, and am really hoping to contract. I really want to be an Army doctor, but I know that I won't pass my DoDMRBs. I have scoliosis that was detected too late to be treated, and while I haven't grown since the diagnosis and the curvatures do not appear to be worsening, they are far beyond the limitations. My thoracic curve is 36 degrees and my lumbar curve is 31 degrees.

It's my dream to serve in the Army, and without it I'll probably have to drop out of college because of lack of funds (I'm a Dean's list student and have even gotten 4.0s plus I do other extracurricular activities! It would be heartbreaking to lose all my hard work) I really don't want to give up my dreams because of this one flaw.

I'm just wondering if there's even a bit of hope for me to contract. My condition doesn't seem to be getting worse, but it does give me a lot of pain (which I'm on medication for). I've been doing fine in ROTC, though there's a strong chance that I would be incapable of serving in certain situations.
I suspect the way you worded your posting that you have NOT taken your DoDMERB exam yet. Do you plan on taking it? If you "really" wish to pursue this, pls send your posting to me at and I can ask the waiver authority that "if" that is your only issue and "if" those are the accurate measurements by the Cobb method, would he consider waiving. If you chose not to contact me, it will be an unanswerable question:thumb: