Waiver denial - spondylolistheis

mid-E-2017

New Member
My dd was diagnosed with L5 spondylolysis with grade 1 spondylolisthesis of L5 on S1 after INDOC at NAPS. X-ray showed 5mm anterolisthesis of L5 on S1. MRI stated no nerve root impingement & no stenosis. One week before graduation she failed to pass PRT (Needed to run 1.5 miles in 12:30, ran 13:20) and was medically disqualified from NAPS and USNA.
She shaved 2 minutes off her run while at NAPS, swam 500m in 8:40, passed bike PRT all while maintains a 3.0 GPA. What do we do from here? Can she request an appeal or a chance to complete the run in the next few weeks from USNA?
 
My dd was diagnosed with L5 spondylolysis with grade 1 spondylolisthesis of L5 on S1 after INDOC at NAPS. X-ray showed 5mm anterolisthesis of L5 on S1. MRI stated no nerve root impingement & no stenosis. One week before graduation she failed to pass PRT (Needed to run 1.5 miles in 12:30, ran 13:20) and was medically disqualified from NAPS and USNA.
She shaved 2 minutes off her run while at NAPS, swam 500m in 8:40, passed bike PRT all while maintains a 3.0 GPA. What do we do from here? Can she request an appeal or a chance to complete the run in the next few weeks from USNA?
Did your DD receive an LOA prior to being disqualified?
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
This is one of those gray area items that not a lot of us will have input to. She really needs to work with her NAPS chain of command. There are 2 separate issues listed; medical and physical. If she was medically disqualified according to your post title, not sure if she can appeal the DQ or not. It's not your standard DoDMERB item as she is beyond that. If she hadn't been given appointment yet due to her PRT, her chain of command should inform her of she can retake the test and if she can by what date it must be completed.
 

mid-E-2017

New Member
This is one of those gray area items that not a lot of us will have input to. She really needs to work with her NAPS chain of command. There are 2 separate issues listed; medical and physical. If she was medically disqualified according to your post title, not sure if she can appeal the DQ or not. It's not your standard DoDMERB item as she is beyond that. If she hadn't been given appointment yet due to her PRT, her chain of command should inform her of she can retake the test and if she can by what date it must be completed.
CO@NAPS advised that because she didn't pass the PRT, USNA Superintendent denied medical waiver. There were other midshipman candidates that didn't pass PRT and they were given an extension but they weren't medically disqualified.
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
What has her chain of command said? To be honest one effecting the other is sort of perplexing to me. She is either medically qualified or not, so sort of confused why she wasn't given the same date as the others. She is beyond an LOA as she is at NAPS. If she was medically DQ and could not matriculate to USNA, PRT or not, it would be end of the line. I would tell her to continue to push her chain of command, pass the PRT ASAP and see if there is a way to appeal the decision.
 

mid-E-2017

New Member
What has her chain of command said? To be honest one effecting the other is sort of perplexing to me. She is either medically qualified or not, so sort of confused why she wasn't given the same date as the others. She is beyond an LOA as she is at NAPS. If she was medically DQ and could not matriculate to USNA, PRT or not, it would be end of the line. I would tell her to continue to push her chain of command, pass the PRT ASAP and see if there is a way to appeal the decision.
Will do! Thank you.
 

usna1985

10-Year Member
USNA is getting tougher on those who can't pass the PFT. It may be that, b/c the run time was so far off the standard (nearly a minute) and possibly (I don't know) coupled with a less than stellar performance on the other events, that USNA wasn't willing to gamble on her PFT performance over 4 years. They may believe that it is due to medical issues (or aren't sure). I do agree that the medical and PFT issues should be separate but perhaps there is a view that they are -- or could be -- related.

As an aside, the fact that someone else may or may not have been give an extension is not really relevant to your DD's case. I understand that everyone should be treated "equally," but without knowing all of the facts, it's hard to say that what happened was unfair. The fact is that NAPS students have plenty of time and encouragement (coaches, facilities, etc.) and hopefully motivation to pass their PFT. Failure to do so doesn't go over well.
 
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