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Waiver Cap

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by frenzymando, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

    Feb 3, 2015
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    On my portal USMA put a PDF called "WAIVER REQUEST STATUS". In this PDF it says: "You should be aware that only a small percentage of each incoming class may enter with a medical waiver. These waivers are not granted often and are reserved for candidates with extraordinary potential."

    Does anyone know what the waiver cap is? It says only a small percentage of each incoming class may enter with a waiver. Is this cap usually reached?
  2. 845something

    845something Member

    Feb 22, 2013
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    Doubtful on actually reaching a cap, more likely that a combination of factors will result in not requesting a waiver or not granting one.

    It is most likely that a waiver won't be requested because you really aren't competitive (ie, there is a likely vacancy winner who is qualified already), or it is so late in the process that they cannot process it in time to set the class. It is a simple way to narrow the pool down without having to use resources to ultimately send Qualified Non-Select letters. As with anything in admissions, get everything done early, and you benefit on both counts. It is a lot less likely in October that West Point will have in nominations, fall test scores, and completed applications to predict who is going to win a particular vacancy meaning they will usually request a waiver over a greater distribution of candidates. The 90-day average to fully work a medical waiver wouldn't even touch the file completion deadline at this point, let alone the medical qualification deadline usually set as mid-April (compare that to someone who waits to finish in February and needs a waiver - on average, it would be done at the end of May when all the spots are full).

    None of these are absolutes as there is not a rule that says if complete by X date, request a medical waiver. A lot is subject to that RC and ultimately the director of admissions. That variances increases with another couple unknowns - is there something in your file that makes them not want to request a medical waiver because they would also need a waiver for something else, or you have a condition that they know a waiver cannot be granted for.

    Once a waiver is requested, there is no guarantee that the USMA Surgeon will recommend approval or the committee will confirm that recommendation. The average is 90 days, but some of that depends on how quickly a candidate navigates the waiver process submitting required further documentation and test results. If you want that waiver to go through, you have to be responsive/proactive in getting all the requests done.
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  3. willyboy

    willyboy Member

    Aug 15, 2015
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    What do you have to send in to improve your chances of receiving a waiver? I had minor eczema as a child and was disqualified. I no longer have it and I went to a dermatologist and he sent a letter to dodmerb confirming this. Is there anything else I can do?
  4. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

    Jul 13, 2011
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    Willy all you can do is submit any documentation they request and put together the best package you can.

    As far as caps. The only one I know is color blind at USNA I believe is 20/class. Not sure that holds true for the other services.
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