Waiver Timeframe?

Discussion in 'DoDMERB' started by zackwheat, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. S_Austin

    S_Austin Member

    Mar 12, 2018
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    My DS got a DQ for hearing. He passed on the average on but failed for a single point at 1000 Hz. If competitive enough, is this a waivable DQ or hearing test is black and white with no exception? His Plan B is ROTC. However, if failing hearing on one number is never waivable, we will have to put more effort into Plan C, 4 years civilian college.
  2. nicnonat

    nicnonat Member

    Jan 18, 2018
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    USMA requested a waiver for my son in December 2017. Waiver was approved and he was deemed medically qualified first week of May 2018. Process can be quick or very, very slow depending on how much medical information is required for approval.
  3. Quietlylurking

    Quietlylurking New Member

    Feb 9, 2018
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    an update for those that follow. This is a Marathon.

    I know of some that receive a waiver within weeks. Our DS was not one of those lucky ones.
    2017-2018 was a challenging year to go through the medical process. DoDMERB had multiple computer problems that made it difficult.

    For our DS's case:
    Medical Exam late Dec 2017
    Cleared all "minor" issues /requests for additional medical information in early May 2018.
    Reported to AROTC without a waiver for fall semester.
    Was finally given a waiver in mid November 2018. Nearly 11 months after starting the process.

    For our DS we believe the delay may have helped as it gave him time to demonstrate that he was fully recovered from his injury and able to perform at the highest level. DS had an orthopedic injury in January 2017, surgery in May 2017. The injury did effect his choice of service as only the Army had documented experience with his injury.

    Near perfect APFT scores help. Going to and performing very well at Brigade level Ranger Challenge as a MS1 (Freshman) also helped.

    Good luck to those that follow
  4. Mid-distancemom

    Mid-distancemom New Member

    Sep 1, 2018
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    Hello, I am new to the thread. What does DS mean? Also, can my son be DQ'd for being legally blind without correction? He has an appointment for a vision exam and they want his contacts out for 3 days prior.
  5. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

    Mar 14, 2014
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  6. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

    Jul 20, 2006
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    The definition of legally blind is “central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correction”, so if your son meets that definition he would be DQ’d since correction to 20/40 in one eye and 20/70 in the other is required.

    Also, without correction he would need to be less than +8.0 diopters farsighted or -8.0 diopters nearsighted in order to be qualified.

    Using AF standards since you didn’t specify branch.

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