MIL ROTC Medical Waivers?

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  1. Raisedshoulder

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    Hi I am a very long time lurker on these boards. Right now I'm trying to get into the Amry ROTC program at my university. I can pass all the physical test and I have a great GPA except there might be a problem with medical conditions. I've had a history of asthma when I was young but it stopped when I was like 12. I also had an exercise induced asthma about a year ago but I have not had to use any inhalers for sometime. I got my medical exam done today by DODMERB. I'm just wondering has anyone ever gone in on an asthma waiver? Also it's possible I might have groin hernia and I might have to get that checked out anyone ever had that before when trying to enter the service?
     
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    Just be ready for a whole lot of bull shit. I waited 9 months for my waiver to pass, finally passed and the Army wouldn't give me a scholarship. Good luck. My friend had to get a waiver for dry feet, that's how strict/gay they are.

    Does the doc know about the groin injury?
     
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    What's surprising was that I never really had any problems with it. It doesn't hurt or anything. I think it might have happend while I was working out or something. Damn 9 months for a waiver? I was thinking about starting classes in the fall. That's why I was trying to get everything done so fast. For the medical I was only worried about the asthma but the groin thing was unexpected.
     
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    have u told them already? just dont tell them u ever had asthma. with the army meeting their recruiting standards bc of the shitty economy an asthma waiver is gonna be hard to come by
     
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    Well you can do ROTC while your waiver is processing, you just won't be able to contract and have school paid for (assuming you get the scholarship). If you waiver is approved and you contract before the end of the semester, the Army will reimburse you full tuition costs plus whatever else it offers. They key is to do everything ASAP. If DoDMERB wants something done, do it asap, not next week, but right away. They take a looong time for everything.

    As for the groin injury, if the doc doesn't know about it, it won't affect your DoDMERB, but if you fail APFT's multiple times because of the injury, you will have your scholarship (if awarded) suspended and eventually taken away.
     
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    Cadet Command/ROTC is out of money for scholarship.

    Good luck.
     
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    Yeah I'm going to be starting ROTC next semester while my waiver is processing. I've already told them about the asthma because I've heard stories about people getting in trouble for false enlistment. I can already do all of the APFT's without any trouble. In fact I really didn't even notice I had a groin injury. When I was first notified that I was to get an exam I called in the very next day to get it done so I'm on top of getting everything done asap.
     
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    Yeah I understand that they are out of money but I'm really more in it for the experience. I'm trying to get into nursing school so I can be a nurse in the Army. It is a great thing to put on a resume for someone that wants to be a flight nurse.
     
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    I thought about not telling them but I read a few posts from other forums where people were stripped of their scholarship for lying on their medical forms.
     
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    How badly do you have it? If it doesn't affect your physical training I wouldn't put it on, but it was your call.
     
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    shits tough man

    asthma is pretty fucked to try and get cleared for, i lucked out with my terrible eyesight in that they were able to waiver that and i got in early last year...still took a lot of hoops even though i got a letter from my opthalmologist
     
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    they'd only find out if u had an asthma attack or something. its not something they test for. so if you can pt fine without troubles they'd never know. but since you told them already its in gods hands now. keep us posted
     
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    No problem I'll keep you guys posted. I'm sure I can do the pt just fine. I can easily meet those physical requirements. I'll be starting rotc soon as a non-contract while I wait for my waiver. Damn I really shouldn't have put asthma on that form because it has not become a hinderance for me at all.
     
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    Here's an idea to help your waiver to get through. Go see a private doctor about the issue and have him test your asthma and prove to him that it is not an issue at all. If he believes that it will not affect you whatsoever, he can write a doctors note and send that doctors note and medical records to DoDMERB and they will consider that in your waiver. That's what I did for mine and it helped. Make sure it's respectable doctor too, like I chose a doctor from Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is known worldwide.
     
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    thats good info i did the same for one of my waivers i needed (eyes)
     
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    That's a great idea. Did your doctor have you do any tests like methocholine or pulmonary function?
     

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