Hey sandiegodude...what I did was print off every page of the online DodMERB stuff and read it word for word to make sure I completely understood what they specifically wanted....I printed the front page first - reading what each Academy wanted remedials on. Then I read the exact remedial. In your case the "R120.00", if you click on the "R120" it will open up... and on that popup there are specific instructions and requests. In the case of the eye remedials we needed to do, they mentioned certain forms. I got on the internet and did a google search for those forms. I took those forms to the eye doctor who filled them out. We also had to fill out an allergy form. Again, I read the pop up of that "R..." and it mentioned a specific DD Form...which I found on a google search. I had the paperwork in hand, and sent it back BEFORE we got the snail mail copies from DoDMERB this week. And yes, I had the exact forms.
Final note on our end. We overnighted the paperwork to DoDMERB on tuesday...and on thursday afternoon they updated our daughter's med status to "Qualified" for USAFA/USMA...and "Waiverable" for USNA. Since she is only applying to USNA - the medical office there already told us usually it appears as 'waiverable' so that, in their minds, is all they care about and she is free and clear to continue in the admitting process. Praise be to God!
Good luck to you, kiddo. Let us know what happens. Dallas is a strange location for 'sandiegodude'. We live in San Diego County! Lucky us. :-)
I also found out from my BGO that I needed an waiver for my eyes which are -2.75 and -3.00. How do I get my hand on the waiver and start the process (my medical was done last year) and would it siginificantly hurt my chances of academy admissions? I plan to submit EVERYTHING except the physical exam by hopefully next week and then get back on DoDMERB to send rebuttals from last year.
You don't get your hands on a waiver - I'm sort of a newbie at all this - but from what I read especially with USNA - if all you have is an eye issue they automatically consider a waiver for that - and you don't do anything else. The folks there at the medical office at USNA were quite nice in answering all my questions - you might try over there if you have any more questions. If your meds were done last year - did DoDMERB send you forms for a follow up eye exam? That is what came to us - in snail mail - although I figured out earlier than the arrival of that package and got the forms online - hence got the process started a little bit faster. Our remedial eye request wanted a 'manifest refraction' - and I finally understand that it means a regular eye exam- without eye dilation. There is another medical term for a refraction exam with eye dilation. You may be fine if you get the forms you need from DodMERB or online and then submit your eye exam results. Good luck!!
PM: You are correct. If its just visual acuity then no additional paperwork is submitted.
I think the upper limit for waiver is about -6.0, pretty high actually.
Those needing eye waivers--after they are considered among the regular pool--are placed in a special group for consideration among those needing eye waivers; there is an overall limit on the number of eye waivers that are available. Thus, in some respects, it is even more competitive.
Having said that, however, there are many mids wearing glasses over the summer. I was surprised at how many actually. [I've heard that the limit is now up to around 30% of the class; but don't count on that.]
Last year I completed and passed by medical exam for 1) Regular check-up and 2) went to commissioned hospital to get my eye examined so both were done. I was disqualified on basis on my prior sports injury and received rebuttals for both so I hope I'm not forgetting any steps. Thanks everybody.
Oh yeah and Navy 2010, I was actually waiting quite a while for DoDMERB to send an "updated disqualification" but Academy Admissions said that they only notify DoDMERB if at least 75% of your application has been completed and since I will be 90% by end of this week, I hope to get it soon.
Got a question about waiver. I'm completely finished everything on the medical aspect except they've yet to grant me a waiver on my vision. I have -2.75/-3.00 vision and is it likely that the board will grant me one?