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Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by Humey, Sep 7, 2016.

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  1. Humey

    Humey Member

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    I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when i was 15 or 16 with a very minor degree. Nothing was done to correct it as its was under 10%. The plan of action was to come in once a year and get x-rayed to see if it got worse. Instead it got better. By the time I was 18, it was completely gone. I basically outgrew it. Do I mention that I was diagnosed with Scoliosis as I no longer have it. It is in my records that I no longer have it. Its also in my records that I once had it. What do I do?
     
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    Jcc123 5-Year Member

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    You answer the question honestly when it asks if you have a history of scoliosis. You do.
     
  3. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    History means you currently have the condition or you had the condition. Answer yes...
     
  4. Humey

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    Then that is what I am going to do. Thanks all
     
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    They will probably ask for your records showing diagnosis and then the follow up so they will be able to see it isnt currently an issue.
     
  6. Blueman

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    What number is scoliosis on Dodmerb form? We went through the form several times and didn't see scoliosis mentioned anywhere on the form. Do you need to supply information on conditions they don't specifically ask for?
     
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    I believe there is a spine question. My son had to get an additional exam due to scoliosis.
     
  8. Idlewild

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    How long after the remedial exam was sent in did you hear back from DodMERB?
     
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    53. Back pain or trouble
    77. Consulted, or been treated by clinics, hospitals, physicians, healers, or other practitioners for other than minor illnesses?
    78. Had any injury or illness other than those already noted?
    Take your pick any of these would cover it.

    It is disqualifying if:
    c. Current deviation or curvature of spine (737) from normal alignment, structure, or function if:
    (1) It prevents the individual from following a physically active vocation in civilian life.
    (2) It interferes with the proper wearing of a uniform or military equipment.
    (3) It is symptomatic.
    (4) There is lumbar or thoracic scoliosis greater than 30 degrees, or kyphosis and lordosis greater than 50 degrees when measured by the Cobb Method.

    Try to address all of the above in your response. Quote your medical records if you have them.
     
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    Trying to remember, probably a couple weeks.
     
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    DD received her Qualified status a month after sending in the remedial info for mild curvature that was requested. We ended up doing the required new X-ray series out of our own pocket as we never got a response from Concorde despite multiple requests/emails/phone calls to get the assigned facility to get the X-ray. Start to finish- received remedial at the start of the new year and Qualified status just happened so it took just over 2 months. Huge relief to have the appointment switch over to FULL instead of conditional!
     
  12. MohawkArmyROTC

    MohawkArmyROTC Recruiting Operations Officer

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    My brother and I have minor scoliosis. He passed MEPS and a flight physical, and I passed MEPS, DODMERB and an airborne physical. We both marked that we had it. You will not be DQed for it as you not meet the DQing conditions for it, just will have to provide the additional medical information from your doctor.
     
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    We knew she was well below the threshold for DQ- just the process did not go smoothly. She received nomination back in the fall (EA) and just got cleared. Ended up paying almost $1000 out of pocket rather than dealing with yet another delay by Concorde. All is well that ends well, but it was definitely not a walk in the park for something so minor and obviously within the parameters of what is allowed.
     
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    MohawkArmyROTC Recruiting Operations Officer

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    @Idlewild Glad it worked out for you. Navigating medical qualification can be a bureaucratic nightmare at times. It has been painful going through the process when a cadet incorrectly marks something on their medical history or has a minor issue that slows down the process. I had one cadet mark down that he had an allergy to latex, because one of his family members said he did. Never in his life did he show symptoms, but he marked it down. He had to go through allergy tests and a challenge to prove that he actually didn't have the allergy.
     
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    @Humey : If I can make a suggestion to prevent your delay. When you submit your information to DoDMERB try to send in the new x-rays and a current report from a Spine Specialist stating that you no longer have the issue and when you did it was less than 10% curvature. This may prevent you from being placed on Remedial at DoDMERB and you can get through quicker. Make sure the letter from the doctor is very specific that you have no physical restrictions and it won't stop you from meeting the physical demands of the military and the exact % of the curve when you did have it.
     
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    Repete:
    This is from the standard. It is disqualifying if:
    c. Current deviation or curvature of spine (737) from normal alignment, structure, or function if:
    (1) It prevents the individual from following a physically active vocation in civilian life.
    (2) It interferes with the proper wearing of a uniform or military equipment.
    (3) It is symptomatic.
    (4) There is lumbar or thoracic scoliosis greater than 30 degrees, or kyphosis and lordosis greater than 50 degrees when measured by the Cobb Method.

    If you are going to have your physician provide a letter have them specifically address each of the above criteria. Make it as easy as possible for DoDMERB to see that you meet the standard.
     

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