waiver possible?


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Feb 21, 2007
When I was younger I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (I know this is a disqualifying condition). A few years ago though I had my colon removed completely curing the disease. I have no physical limitations and am quite active. I take no medication and have never had any other problems since the surgery. My surgeon has told me that I am good to go and have absolutely no type of limitation. Because I no longer have the DQing condition, is it in any way possible to be considered for a waiver? If not can I still join the first two years of ROTC? Thanks for any help!

Unfortunately you will have 2 separate disqualifications, one for the history of (meaning if you've ever had it at any time in your life) ulcerative colitis, and the second will be for history of bowel resection. The severity of the ulcerative colitis and how much bowel was removed will be determining factors for waiver.

This isn't to say you shouldn't apply for the academy(s) of your choice, just know that you may have an uphill battle getting a waiver.

As for being a non-scholarship participant with an ROTC detachment, I don't have that answer. Your best bet would be to contact the ROTC detachment at the college of your choice.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask away!
I had my entire colon removed, but still have complete normal function. I would imagine that they rarely give waivers for ulcerative colitis, but because by removing the entire colon "cures" the disease, does this and the fact that I have no further problems/ medication help at all?
The major stumbling block will be the fact that you had your colon removed. I was hoping that I had read your first post wrong, but you confirmed that I hadn't. Having the entire colon removed does "cure" the ulcerative colitis, but it will not change the disqualification from DoDMERB's side. The wavier authority looks at all the disqualifications and will make the best possible descision for that service.
Is the disqualification from DoDMERB's side the fact that the entire colon was removed? If I was able to prove that I functioned normally would that have any type of benefit (like a letter from doctor stating that I was fine)?
Thanks for all of your help!!
DoDMERB is black and white, since both of these disqualifications are a "history of", if you've ever had it at any time on your life it will be a disqualification no matter how well you are currently doing. The wavier authority can look at the information and decide if a wavier is possible. The letter from your physician will assist the wavier authority with their decision.