Speech Impediment

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by Monkey9, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Monkey9

    Monkey9 New Member

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    I am a junior interested in applying to the Coast Guard Academy in the fall. I have read that there is a speech part of the DoDmerb. While I did go to speech therapy for seven years I “graduated” in third grade and have not needed any since. The official prognosis was apraxia of speech. Could this cause any roadblocks in the admissions process?
     
  2. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American 5-Year Member

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    No one here knows. It would be ridiculous to comment on your chances.

    Graduating from speech class in 3rd grade is not relevant. What is relevant is whether you can effectively communicate with your superiors, peers, and subordinates effectively.
     
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  3. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    @Monkey9 - Were you medically diagnosed? i.e. is it on your medical records? If you don't have them, get copies and have them on stand by.

    Regardless, the DoDMERB exam does have a "read aloud" test that will demonstrate your ability to verbally communicate. Be truthful on the questionnaire, no more, no less.

    Control what you can and don't worry about what you cannot.
     
  4. Alaskan

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    Roadblocks are meant for going through, over and or around.
     
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  5. Jeepman

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    If you want it badly enough get a private speech therapist and keep it under the radar (don't use your insurance). Just do whatever it takes to make it the best it can be!
     
  6. Korab

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    The read aloud portion of the test was very brief - VERY brief. A couple sentences was all. I don't remember there being a question on the health forms about a speech impediment, so as long as nothing comes up during your read aloud portion of the exam, the OP should be good.
     
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    My son was the same as you "graduated" speech therapy in 5th grade. He is at the Academy! They just did the read aloud at DoDMERB, he never had speech trouble after 5th grade. Hope this helps
     
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  8. jbnll

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    I don't think he was asking about "chances"-- just if it would be relevant to applying.