Waiver process questions


Jun 1, 2017
I took my DoDMERB medical exam in August 2017, and I was disqualified due to vision problems like astigmatism in excess of 3.00 diopters and myopia with a refractive error greater than diopters exceeding -8.00. However, I have a waiver pending for USNA and USAFA. I had a few questions:

1. I heard that the waiver process depends on many factors. Do these factors include the candidate's holistic character like strength in academics, physical ability, etc.? I recently got an ISR for NROTC, and I was wondering if this would have an impact on the waiver process for NROTC?

2. Let's say that I don't get a waiver for USAFA, does that mean that I don't get a waiver for USNA or NROTC? Do I basically treat NROTC, USNA, and USAFA as separate entities for the waiver process?

3. Would a denied waiver prevent me from going to a prep school?

4. Finally, on the DoDMERB website, it said that I could send documents to them whenever I want. I'm assuming this is a chance to improve the likelihood of getting a waiver, but what could I be doing now that would help me get a waiver?

Capt MJ

Ancient Mariner
10-Year Member
Sep 27, 2008
Partial answer: different Services, different missions, different standards = different waiver criteria. What may be waived by one may not be by another.

USMA 1994

Mar 23, 2016
Each commissioning source has different criteria. If you are competive for admission, a waiver is automatically considered. You have to be medically qualified or have a waiver to attend prep school.