Waiverable shoulders?

jackt6

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I am 20 years old, planning to start NROTC next fall at Virginia Tech. I pass everything on the checklist (even PT test), but I'm fairly certain my shoulders will medically disqualify me from service. When I was 17 I had a surgical repair done on my left shoulder (arthroscopic, minimally invasive). Exactly one year later, I had an identical surgery done on the other shoulder. Since then, my shoulders have healed to 100 % and I cannot even tell they were ever injured. It does not physically prohibit me from anything, so I am wondering if I would be able to get a medical waiver to still be in the ROTC program.
 

GoCubbies

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I am 20 years old, planning to start NROTC next fall at Virginia Tech. I pass everything on the checklist (even PT test), but I'm fairly certain my shoulders will medically disqualify me from service. When I was 17 I had a surgical repair done on my left shoulder (arthroscopic, minimally invasive). Exactly one year later, I had an identical surgery done on the other shoulder. Since then, my shoulders have healed to 100 % and I cannot even tell they were ever injured. It does not physically prohibit me from anything, so I am wondering if I would be able to get a medical waiver to still be in the ROTC program.

What were the reasons for the surgeries?
 

jackt6

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What were the reasons for the surgeries?

The first surgery was due to a tear in my labrum. The medical term for the procedure was a SLAP 2 Repair, arthroscopic. The second shoulder was more of just a tightening procedure (not sure on the technical name), almost identical to the first surgery though. My shoulders never fully popped out of socket, but they sure were loose. I am fairly certain my condition is disqualifying, I'm just wondering how possible it will be to obtain a waiver.
 

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my son got a waiver for a repaired labrum.
It is a DQ but commonly waived
 
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My DS dislocated the same shoulder twice while in high school, which was disqualifying. He was ultimately waived for AROTC. Be prepared to supply all relevant medical records for the procedures and would suggest obtaining (if you don't already have one) a letter from your surgeon indicating you have "no restrictions" and/or "fully cleared" for all activities.
 

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They will also want the surgical reports and discharge information from hospital (if inpatient)
 
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