USMA Wavier

jack192

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Is it possible to receive a waiver for a minor peanut allergy that can be controlled by over the counter medication such as benadryl?
 
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Is this even an "allergy," which is defined as "a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive."

Occasional sensitive skin patches, or minor eye, nose, or throat irritations, related to eating or coming in contact with substances to which the body is somehow sensitive can hardly be considered a "damaging immune response." Anaphylactic shock, I understand.

Just saying.
 

tug_boat

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I don't think its wise to give or accept medical advice on SAF. I would talk with your RC about this subject


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wp0524

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Friend of mine who is a current cadet got a waiver for a somewhat severe peanut allergy, so yes, it's possible.
 

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Friend of mine who is a current cadet got a waiver for a somewhat severe peanut allergy, so yes, it's possible.
Would like more info on this subject. DS is interested but at a young age had a reaction to peanuts has not touched them since. Any idea on teh waiver process would be appreciated. Please PM me!
 

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My friend's son is at USMA w/ a peanut allergy...so I'm guessing the answer is yes.
Would like more info on this subject. DS is interested but at a young age had a reaction to peanuts has not touched them since. Any idea on the waiver process for peanuts would be appreciated. Please PM me!
 

mom3boys

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You fill out the paperwork. If USMA wants you, they request a waiver. There's nothing to do in advance. It's important to be forthcoming on the paperwork.
 

UHBlackhawk

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Frankly, I'm surprised a severe allergy was waived. Yes, the academy is probably not going to be an issue, but as an Army officer you are often in remote locations where the question "Is this food allergy safe" will draw a blank stare from the cooks and medical help if you have a reaction may not be close. Just off the top of my head in my case, Korean Army cooks; Moroccan Army cooks in the middle of the Sahara Desert; cooks from.... I'm not sure where in Kuwait and Iraq.
A severe allergy will probably also require a commission waiver.
 

mom3boys

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It just depends. Some things do get waived for outstanding candidates. I once met a Navy mom whose son is colorblind. He was also the fastest runner in the state.
 

UHBlackhawk

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It just depends. Some things do get waived for outstanding candidates. I once met a Navy mom whose son is colorblind. He was also the fastest runner in the state.
I get that. The thing is even the highest recruited athlete needs to be able to serve as an officer in the military. Some things can be waived for commissioning and make sense. Others... I scratch my head.
 

sean007

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Would like more info on this subject. DS is interested but at a young age had a reaction to peanuts has not touched them since. Any idea on the waiver process for peanuts would be appreciated. Please PM me!

Parent - check your PM
 
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