Stats/early app/DQ for ADHD/waiting

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  1. Smaker

    Smaker New Member

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    here are stats
    Senior in HS
    SAT 1520
    Math 800
    English 720

    Weighted GPA 4.2
    Non weighted 3.8

    7 AP with score 5

    Debate club with leadership, HOSA club,
    Volunteered every summer and every Saturday at NGF to teach kids for last 3 years.
    Great internship previous summer at CISCO
    Tae kw kando ...just received black belt.
    Has no sports background but hoping Tae kw kondo will compensate for that??
    Applying for EA for costal. Also applying for Military , Air Force and Marine. If he gets in EA can he still apply/ work on other applications?
    Also diagnosed with ADHD at age 17, teacher or coaches has never recommended to test for ADHD as he has been A+ student all along, but he himself was thinking for testing and got diagnosed with it. He took medication only for March 2018 then he stopped. He is not taking and performing well as he has done all these years. Is this something will restrict/DQ ? If so any options? Waiver? Anything we can do in advance? Letters from physician will help?

    First choice is West Point , then Air Force .
     
  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

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    With regard to DODMERB, you have to step through the process and hope for the best, as with all other elements of the application.

    DODMERB Qs or DQs according to published standards for accession, see link below. The Services have different waiver policies, because their missions, tasks and gear are all different. The link is the current one, to the best of my knowledge.

    http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/613003p.pdf?ver=2018-05-04-113917-883

    Be ready to submit documentation for remedial paperwork if asked.

    Here on SAF, I recommend browsing the DODMERB forum and using the Search function. Read the Stickies at the top.

    Assuming you are the parent, if your son wants a career as a commissioned officer, he should also pursue ROTC.

    The SAs look at the whole package, so extra shiny areas can balance out not so shiny areas.

    You will see many mentions of “Plan B, C, etc.” on these forums. If your son is not waivered into any military officer program, he should have a non-military path ready to execute.

    The DODMERB standards are stringent, because the Armed Services put people in extraordinarily stressful situations, often in remote areas, where everyone being fully functional is critical to the operational readiness of and, at times, to the survival of the unit.
     
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  3. Sam2018

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    With regard to testing. If he was diagnosed to have testing accommodations he will need to test without those accommodations. If his 1520 is with extended time it will not hold as much weight unless he can match that score under normal testing conditions.
     
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    This 1520 score he got before he got diagnosed and his diagnosis is not on school file as he never had problems/issues with academics and or social.
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Your son may have screwed himself pursuing that diagnosis. If something is not diagnosed, then you don't have it. Agree with Capt MJ (as usual) that the only thing to do is to pursue it and see what happens. I would be prepared for the waiver process as well and work on backup plans, including ROTC programs. Often there is a limit to the number of waivers that can be granted for a given condition. USMA may not have waivers left to grant, while AROTC does, or vice-versa. Good luck to your son. I hope his dreams come true.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    That will work in his favor, but the diagnosis is in the medical file and that's the bigger issue. Even bigger is probably the meds at age 17. Be sure to mention when possible that t was only for a month. When opportunities present in the application process I would stress that he gets no accommodation academically, or anywhere else for that matter.
     
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  7. Smaker

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    He regrets so much but nothing can be done now. As far as waiver process goes how and what can we prepare if he gets waiver?
    We are working on back up plan.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Get all the medical records together. If there is a remedial asking for more information they will let you know what to send. You might also need something from the school about lack of accommodation. Aside from the the commissioning authority starts the waiver process, so until you hear something back, there is nothing else to do.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    You might consider approaching the pharmacist about a letter stating how often the prescription was filled. DOn't know if you would need that, but.... Or you can wait to see what they want to know... and I'm just guessing here using simple logic. I don't even play a doctor on TV or even in my head.
     
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    With regard to the med waiver there are some services offered by outside companies who can help you with your dodmerb. However you should consult them before filling out the dodmerb though.
     
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    What was the primary reason he got tested?
     
  12. Smaker

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    He was saying he couldn’t focus and he could do better. I am not bragging but he is truly gifted , he hardly study but makes As in all classes, as a parent I think school wasn’t challenging enough for him. When we went for his annual check up he talked to pediatrician and pediatrician said we can test, and see and here we are now.