Tourette Syndrome


5-Year Member
Jan 24, 2012

I am applying to the U.S. Naval Academy and have been medically DQ'd for the following:

D103.00 Heart/vascular miscellaneous disqualifier $
D212.10 Chronic neurologic disorders
D232.80 Other mental disorder, history of

The heart condition refers to a minor case of Prolonged QT that I was cleared of over 6 years ago. It does not affect me in any way, as I am a varsity football athlete and have made all-conference in my division. The neurologic disorder refers to my Tourette Syndrome which manifests itself only as occasional blinking. The mental disorder/history of must refer to my OCD which is often an accompanying disorder to Tourettes.

My current status says "pending waiver review/submission". I was wondering what I can be doing to be more proactive in this process? I tried emailing the address on Dodmerb's website but have gotten no response and this was months ago. I have tried emailing again. I know that the Academy has the ultimate say, and have gotten mixed directions from admissions. Some officers have told me to send the Academy information, while others have said to not send anything.

What should I send and to whom? I truly believe that these issues do not debilitate me in any way nor would put others in harms way (though I cannot say I have been in combat and thus cannot infer what may happen under such a situation).

Any guidance at all would be much appreciated :)
My understanding is that once medically dq'd, and DoDMERB shows "pending waiver reveiw/submission", it is now in the hands of the Academy to determine if they still consider you a competitive applicant and therefore want to seek a medical waiver for you from DoDMERB. If that is the case, if needed, you will be asked for more information/medical records.

Hope this helps and that others will chime in if this is not correct...

I think for now though, you just wait and hope. Good luck to you.
Before you move further have you been classified as a Tourette Syndrome candidate.

Leave the other issue alone (cardio), Tourette is your true concern.

Just as an update... today I received a letter from the Academy stating that I am guaranteed an offer of appointment contingent upon completing my medical exam. Does this mean that I will receive an appointment as long as I get a waiver? I have finished the medical exam otherwise.
Yes, but before you pack your bags, remember you have 3 medical hoops to jump through.
I see this letter simply as an update from the Academy. It is nice to hear from them, and keeps my hopes alive... I am now putting all of my efforts into gathering medical reviews from my physicians and such
USNA will likely request remedials for waiver consideration if a waiver is at all possible. Do everything they ask you to do as soon as possible, and then ask if they would like anything more.

You're almost there, don't give up.
I've spent the last four years googling waivers and reading different forums, so I believe it will be worthwhile to give this forum an update for the other applicants who may be curious.

I was denied medically from USNA and my waiver was rejected.

I joined Army ROTC my junior year of college, and was DQ'd for the same conditions as in 2012. Today my medical waiver was granted.

Don't give up hope on your future, even when things seem darkest.
Thanks for coming back and updating the forum! Glad to hear things worked out well.
Do you have a facial tic? The Rehabilitation of 1973 doesn't apply to military personnel.
21. Would an employer regard an individual as having a disability if it took a prohibited employment action based on mitigating measures used for, or the symptoms of, an impairment?
Yes. The proposed regulation states that “regarded as” coverage can apply if an employer takes a prohibited employment action based on an individual’s use of a mitigating measure for, or the symptoms of, an impairment, even if the employer is unaware of the underlying impairment. For example, an employer that refuses to hire someone because he takes anti-seizure medication regards the individual as having a disability, even if the employer does not know the impairment for which the medication is being used. An employer who does not hire someone because of a facial tic has regarded the individual as having a disability even if the employer does not know that the tic is caused by Tourette’s Syndrome.