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Medical Waiver Stuff

bestwestinbestwestin Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
Just a question about medical stuff.

On the DoDMERB website for me it says "Current Medical Status: Waiverable (see item 9)"

It has said this for months.

Does this mean that I am not yet being considered for a waiver? It seems as if "waiverable" means that it is possible that I will be considered for a waiver but I am not actually being considered for a waiver yet. Can anyone clarify?
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  • snipper_crsnipper_cr Posts: 512Registered User Member
    Thats weird, my status has never been listed as "Waiverable" (and i have/am having a fun run with DoDMERB for the past 6 months)...

    Some simple logical reasoning may mean that the academy you have applied for may not have forwarded their request for a medical waiver. Some places need YOU to send the request (i beleive it goes through admissions). For example at the Air Force Academy, i had to send my request to admissions for them to send the waiver to DoDMERB.

    Some places will do it for you, if they think you are competitive for a waiver. If (and i doubt this is the case) you are not competitive for a waiver, they will not send in for one (which i think bites the big one).

    Out of curiosity, what were you DQd for, if you dont mind posting.
  • Wheelah44Wheelah44 Posts: 387Registered User Member
    DoDMERB might just be the most frustrating obstacle ever.
  • bestwestinbestwestin Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    I am an applicant to USNA and I was disqualified for "Unaided distant visual acuity worse than 20/40".

    Here is what "item 9" says:

    U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY (USNA) – There is no need for you to request a waiver. If you are competitive for an offer of admission to the United States Naval Academy or one of the preparatory programs, you will automatically be considered for a waiver by USNA. The Admissions Department will contact you if there are additional requirements for the waiver process.

    However, I finished my application several months ago and I would think by now USNA had at least sent in the request to consider me for a waiver...
  • Wheelah44Wheelah44 Posts: 387Registered User Member
    p.s. my roommate just read that post and said "yeah, my eyes are definitely way worse than that."
  • bestwestinbestwestin Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    that is encouraging :)
  • ColbyBussColbyBuss Posts: 189Registered User Junior Member
    good, because i have bad eyes too i think, like my contact boxes say -2.25

    is that bad?

    lol
  • green09green09 Posts: 566Registered User Member
    I'm -3.00 both eyes and my status is still waiverable.
  • beam6beam6 Posts: 98Registered User Junior Member
    My sons Dodmerb site never said "waiverable." It went from Disqualificaton to Waiver Granted...with a few remedial notices in between. After months of waiting, second opinions, requests for more information, etc. his waiver was granted. He had an LOA, so his file was looked at sooner than most. I believe once Navy decides they want you, then they look into granting a waiver. From what I have been told, admissions doesn't pay attn. to the Dodmerb info until after they decide they want you. At that point you are considered for a waiver. Not a fun process. I hope that makes sense. The good news is your disqualification is waiverable. Good luck!!
  • peskemompeskemom Posts: 1,049Registered User Senior Member
    last time we asked a 4.00 was the upper waiverable limit for USNA. our daughter has a friend with a 6.00 eye correction and USNA has not decided to waiver her...although she did come in under NROTC as commission qualified
  • weskiweski Posts: 540Registered User Member
    Consider it from the Admissions point of view. We have how many really qualified applicants with nominations. Coaches want players, deans want really top notch kids. Accept the "recruited" kids with "special" attributes, get them in through DoMERB. Then consider which of the kids with bad eyesight are left that we need to put in for waivers. All things equal, the kid with good eyes will beat the kid with bad eyes. I say this in all cander that life is not fair getting into academies. You will hear time and time again your plebe year that you are taking the slot of someone else who really wanted to be there, so don't waste the opportunity. USMMA was the backup choice for many great kids who wear glasses...
  • fiterace87fiterace87 Posts: 249Registered User Junior Member
    "Is [-2.25] bad?" Haha! I would LOVE to have eyes that good! I got waivered and appointed with eyes approaching -5.00, so if USNA wants you at the Boat School they will make a waiver for you as needed. It's interesting that peskemom's daughter's friend got denied at -6.00 considering that the USN will allow PRK for aviation up to -8.00 and NFOs can fly with glasses corrected at -8.00. Hmm, some leeway on this issue? I think so...
  • bestwestinbestwestin Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    I just got off the phone with USNA admissions and they said that I must be appointed before I can be considered for a vision waiver.

    Is this true? If it is true wouldn't this mean that it is possible to get an appointment without being medically qualified?
  • Bossf51Bossf51 Posts: 2,555Registered User Senior Member
    Doesn't make sense...usually it's waiver first, then appointment.
  • weskiweski Posts: 540Registered User Member
    Yes, that is true. Some make it all the way and DoMERB won't clear them. It can go down to the wire. Make a deposit at your backup school, just in case. Sorry.
  • weskiweski Posts: 540Registered User Member
    Boss - maybe we should let the USNA folks chime in here. I know how USMMA worked; you do USCG. At KP, many were "in" pending DoMERB waivers. Most got them, but not all. We sweated until late May. A couple kids came, but were asked to leave during indoc due to pending medical issues. I personally have talked to at least 6 USMMA mids who were there because they didn't get vision waivers from USNA. So let some USNA tell us how it really works!
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